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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. This class will discuss cultural competency, health information needs, and information resources for working with LGBT patrons.


  • 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 inter-professional opportunities for librarians 

Course Materials

Continuing Education

This class also satisfies the requirements for Level I CHIS (Consumer Health Information Specialization). MLA CE for viewing the recordings is available for 30 days after the webinar date.

Original Author

Jacqueline Leskovec, Network Librarian, NNLM Greater Midwest Region

Current Authors

Jacqueline Leskovec, Network Librarian, NNLM Greater Midwest Region

Class Length: 
1-4 hours
Course Developer(s):
Jacqueline Leskovec, Network Librarian
Patricia Devine, Outreach & Communications Coordinator
Aimee Gogan, MLIS, AHIP, Data & Evaluation Coordinator
Jacqueline Leskovec, Network Librarian
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

Part 2 builds upon the March 7, 2018, class, providing resources, searching tips, and ways to provide a welcoming environment.


Upcoming Classes

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