The LGBTQ+ Healthcare Allies Training will help healthcare providers and support staff to provide affirming healthcare to the LGBTQ+ community and reduce barriers to access in order to improve long-term physical and mental health outcomes for this population.

The training seeks to provide a safe, educational environment for participants to engage with facilitators in order to maximize learning. Each training is led by two to three facilitators, who either have experience providing affirming care in a medical setting, belong to the LGBTQ+ community (and therefore have experience receiving varying levels of affirming care) and/or are allies of the LGBTQ+ community. This allows clinical settings being trained to hear from a wide variety of viewpoints in order to better understand the issue, as well as learn strategies to best meet the needs of all patients.

We recognize that each healthcare setting is unique and likely has a wide range of experiences and comfort levels providing affirming healthcare to LGBTQ+ populations. Facilitators do not lecture, but rather guide the conversation while inviting participants to identify their own internal biases (which every person has) to see how that can affect the care provided to each patient.

The training is broken into three pieces:

  1. Before the in-person training some short (30 minute) pre-work is assigned which introduces the topic and gets practitioners and staff thinking about why it’s important.
  2. A total of three hours of in-person facilitation to dive deeper into the issue and allow staff to brainstorm how to provide more affirming care to all patients as well as practice likely scenarios that may come up in a clinical setting.
  3. Ongoing support through quarterly email updates and available one on one help to answer questions about how to make your staff and healthcare setting more inclusive.

We are happy to work with each clinical setting to set a schedule for training that works best for them – whether that be during the typical work day, during the evening or on a weekend.

If you would be interested in learning more about this training, or bringing it to your clinical setting, please contact Cami Armijo-Grover, Education Director at Bridgercare at (406) 587-0681, ext. 113 or carmijo@bridgercare.org.  Please feel free to share this information with any other healthcare settings in southwest Montana that may be interested in receiving this training.

Thank you and we do hope you’ll join us in ensuring everyone has access to necessary, affirming healthcare in our area!

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