Why it matters
Supporting & Affirming LGBTQ+ Youth
There are significant health disparities among young people who identify as LGBTQ+ due to stigma, discrimination, financial barriers, and lack of provider knowledge or support. Health care professionals have an opportunity to have a positive impact in multiple ways, including creating affirming and inclusive environments for LGBTQ+ youth, providing evidence-based, culturally responsive care, connecting LGBTQ+ youth to essential resources, and committing to ongoing learning and professional development personally, organizationally, and institutionally.
AHI offers a series of four Sparks to support health centers in providing patient-centered care to their LGBTQ+ adolescent patients. Sparks are pre-packaged, free to use, and include a PowerPoint presentation, a facilitator script, and follow-up materials.
LGBTQ+ Youth-Friendly Services
AHI Starter Guides are mini-toolkits that offer concrete, actionable steps to improve adolescent care. AHI currently offers one starter guide on building LGBTQ+ friendly services.
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Listen to transgender and gender non-conforming youth share their health care experiences and ways the system can be improved.
We Can Help!
Is your practice interested in learning more about caring for LGBTQ+ patients? We help health centers across the country become more adolescent-centered.