Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Training Announcement: LGBTQ+ Health Equity Course

Eliminating health disparities and improving health among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals is imperative to achieving health equity. This introductory online course is about understanding the issues - we will examine ourselves and work to better understand the experience of those in the LGBTQ community.

This six-week online learning experience approaches the issue of LGBTQ health from multiple perspectives. It will provide information and an opportunity for personal reflection, and ends with an introduction to action steps public health and health care can take to improve health outcomes for LGBTQ individuals.

Registration is Open! 

Learning Objectives
In this course, you will:
  • Examine individual biases about LGBTQ communities
  • Develop a dictionary of terms related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression
  • Summarize the health disparities experienced by LGBTQ individuals
  • Describe the unique needs of this population
  • Describe consequences of bias and discrimination
  • Analyze workplace and community practices that promote or prevent bias and discrimination

“Health equity” is an increasingly popular topic in public health conferences, events, and publications. This course is based on a guidebook developed by the Metro Denver Partnership for Health. The guidebook and this course are intended as tools for public health practitioners who are serious about walking their health equity talk but aren’t quite sure how to get started. It aims to prepare its users to close gaps in health status that result from systemic, avoidable, and unjust policies and practices that create barriers to opportunity for certain people. 

To engage effectively in health equity work, public health practitioners need to look inward at our own values and biases, and we need to equip ourselves and our colleagues to challenge and transform systems that disadvantage entire populations. 
Registration is Open!   
Learning Objectives
Participants who complete the online course work and participate in the live learning sessions will be able to:

  1. Define "health equity."
  2. Explain health equity to different audiences.
  3. Explore their personal and professional values and explain why they are important to the practice of public health
  4. Describe the connection between values and health equity, and discuss how the values underlying health equity play a key role in effective communication about health equity. 
  5. Explain privilege and implicit bias.
  6. Explore their own social identities and areas of bias.
  7. Describe the legacy and impact of structural or institutional inequality.
  8. Discuss real-life examples of how to address structural inequality in public health.