Why it matters
Supporting & Affirming LGBTQ+ Youth
There are significant health disparities among young people who identify as LGBTQ+ due to stigma and lack of family acceptance. 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 4 sparks to help health centers provide 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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Hear directly from teens about how you can improve their health care experience.
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.