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Improving the Health, Safety and Well-being of LGBT Populations


LGBT individuals face many barriers in accessing healthcare, including discrimination, lack of access, misunderstanding, and fear. As a consequence, many LGBT individuals do not regularly access appropriate and timely care. The more informed healthcare professionals are, LGBT patients and clients will become more comfortable in an environment that is often alienating, disrespectful, and traumatic. 


  • Participants will develop a better understanding of the health information needs of the LGBT community
  • Participants will examine the benefits of LGBT-focused cultural competency for the health care team
  • Participants will be able to identify electronic, print, and other resources for building quality LGBT collections and reference materials
  • Participants will gain ideas for outreach strategies to the LGBT community, and identify interprofessional opportunities for librarians 

Course Materials

Continuing Education

This class also satisfies the requirements for Level I CHIS (Consumer Health Information Specialization.

Original Author

Jacqueline Leskovec, Network Librarian, NNLM Greater Midwest Region

Current Authors

Jacqueline Leskovec, Network Librarian, NNLM Greater Midwest Region, and Tony Nguyen, Technology and Communication Coordinator, NNLM SE/A Region

Class Length: 
4 hours
Patricia Devine, Outreach & Communications Coordinator
Kate Flewelling, MLIS, Executive Director
Jacqueline Leskovec, Network Librarian
Tony Nguyen, ML..., MLIS, AHIP, Technology and Communications Coordinator
Elaina Vitale, MLIS, Academic Coordinator
Continuing Education:
This class is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

Past Classes

There are no archived recordings of this class

Upcoming Classes

Improving the Health, Safety and Well-being of LGBT Populations: Part 1
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Elaina Vitale
Improving the Health, Safety and Well-being of LGBT Populations Part 2
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Jacqueline Leskovec