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Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth

Health care professionals can have a positive impact in LGBTQ+ care by creating affirming and inclusive environments, connecting youth to resources, and committing to ongoing learning and professional development.

Why it Matters

There are significant health disparities among young people who identify as LGBTQ+ due to stigma, discrimination, financial barriers and lack of provider knowledge or support. 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.

Spark Trainings
Trainings for Your Multidisciplinary Team

AHI offers a series of four Sparks to support health centers in providing 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.

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Starter Guides
Toolkits for improving care

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 from Youth

Learn from transgender and gender non-conforming youth as they share their health care experiences and ways the system can be improved.

Our Video Library

Hear directly from teens about how you can improve their health care experience.

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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.

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