Carl G. Streed Jr., National LGBT Policy Coordinator
AMSA was invited to a Human Resources Service Administration (HRSA) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Providers and Students Listening Session held at the Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday, November 1st.
Last April, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released a list of recommendations stating how HHS could work to improve the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Included in those recommendations, the Secretary stated that “HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration will also convene professional groups that represent LGBT health providers and students to identify challenges and opportunities for training LGBT providers and to isolate strategies geared toward increasing culturally competent care for LGBT patients.”
As such, this first listening session was convened to address the following questions:
- What are the training challenges and opportunities for LGBT providers?
- What strategies would be helpful to increase culturally competent care for LGBT patients?
- How/what levers can be used to advance cultural competency through health professions training (inclusive of behavioral health)?
- How can HHS use its health professions grants to encourage inclusion of cultural competency materials?
The meeting was an excellent ...