Resources for Serving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Patients

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A Practitioner's Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children
Publication offering information and resources to help practitioners in health and social service systems implement best practices in engaging and helping families and caregivers to support their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children. The resource guide was developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

CWLA Best Practice Guidelines: Serving LGBT Youth in Out-of-Home
Publication containing comprehensive professional guidelines for how child welfare and juvenile justice professionals can best serve LGBT youth in state care. This resource was developed by the Child Welfare League of America.

Healthy People 2020 – LGBT Health
Overview of LGBT health disparities and Healthy People 2020 objectives developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies and public stakeholders.

SAMHSA LGBT Health Resources Kit
Kit includes a glossary and fact sheets on the top health issues for lesbians, gay men, bisexual men and women, and transgender people. The resources were developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Providing Optimal Care for Your MSM Patients
Brochure about addressing the unique sexual health needs of Black and Latino men who have sex with men. This brochure was developed by the National Coalition of STD Directors and the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors.

The Fenway Institute
The research arm of Fenway Health published various policy briefs to help providers address LGBT patients' needs. These include:

Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient- and Family-Centered Care for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community: A Field Guide
Resource from the Joint Commission that includes strategies, practice examples, and resources to help clinical settings improve communication and patient-centered care to LGBT patients.

Guidelines for Care of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Patients
Tips from the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association on creating a welcoming environment for LGBT patients and specific health concerns of LGBT subpopulations.