Nurses Health Education About LGBTQ Elders (HEALE)
August 19th, 2019
8am-5pm | 6500 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626
Nurses will receive 6 continuing education units, one for each module attended. Arrangements can also be made to provide CE for social workers.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Session will only run if at least 10 participants register. If an insufficient number of people register, tickets will be fully refunded.
Workshop was designed and will be presented by the Education Department at Howard Brown Health. Howard Brown Health is one of the largest LGBTQ health centers in the country and its mission is "to eliminate the disparities in healthcare experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education and the provision of services that promote health and wellness." To learn more about Howard Brown Health, please visit https://howardbrown.org/ .
About the Curriculum
The Nurses’ Health Education About LGBTQ Elders curriculum is a six-hour cultural competency continuing education (CE) training for nurses and health care professionals who serve older LGBTQ adults. Below is a summary of the topics we address:
Module 1: An Introduction to the LGBTQ Elder Community
This module provides an introduction of essential terminology and concepts, including LGBTQ history, the terms lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, and the difference between sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. Participants will also learn some of the factors that affect access to medical care for older LGBTQ adults, and learn how to practice LGBTQ cultural competence as a tool for improving patient care.
Module 2: Barriers to Health Care and Health Disparities
Module 2 describes health disparities experienced by LGBTQ elders in general, and by specific sub populations, including lesbian and bisexual women, gay and bisexual men, and transgender people. This module also explores the reasons behind these health disparities, including barriers to care, minority stress, life course perspective, and social determinants of health.
Module 3: Sex and Sexuality of LGBTQ Elders
Module 3 discusses the health benefits of sexual activity for LGBTQ elders. In addition, there is a practical activity to explore core elements of conducting an accurate and comprehensive sexual history. The module identifies risk behaviors and prevention techniques that LGBTQ elders may use to reduce the risk and incidence of sexually transmitted infections. Finally, this module looks at ways to create safe, sex-positive environments for LGBTQ elders.
Module 4: Legal Concerns for LGBTQ Elders
Module 4 delves into the common legal concerns experienced by LGBTQ elders currently and historically. These include criminal justice concerns, access in income, housing, and benefits, family structures, and civil rights. These issues often translate into financial insecurity at a time when LGBTQ elders need certainty. Finally, this module includes a special focus on issues related to long term care end-of-life decisions.
Module 5: Introduction to Transgender Elders
Module 5 includes a brief introduction to the transgender community, including an overview of the differences between sex, gender identity, and gender expression, commonly used terminology, and history of the transgender community in the United States. This module also discusses the ways in which people may transition socially and medically, including an overview of gender affirming hormone therapy and surgeries. Finally, this module includes best practices for providing affirming care to transgender older adults.
Module 6: HIV & Aging
The final module, HIV and Aging, focuses on basic principles of HIV transmission and treatment. This module explores the importance of HIV testing in the older population and how common diseases of aging interact with HIV/AIDS and antiretroviral (ARV) therapy. Additionally, the module includes common challenges in the long-term treatment of HIV in older adults.