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Corktown Health Presents...

The Institute

The Institute is a new program developed at Corktown Health which aims to:

Provider Education

In the coming weeks, we will be publishing a series of online training about LGBTQ health issues and they will be available on this site for health care providers to access free of charge.

Until these are available, we recommend you explore two important websites that contain a comprehensive set of materials, online trainings, and other information.

This program is housed at one of the oldest LGBTQ health centers in the country, Fenway Health Center which opened nearly 50 years ago. Fenway Health houses the National LGBTQIA Health Education Center which offers a range of formal continuing education for physicians.
The AMA offers some of the most comprehensive LGBTQ health information designed for clinicians.

Reports and Resources

Below are links to significant reports and resources on LGBTQ Health in recent years that add to the understanding of LGBTQ health issues.

MAP’s mission is to provide independent and rigorous research, insight and communications that help speed equality and opportunity for all. MAP works to ensure that all people have a fair chance to pursue health and happiness, earn a living, take care of the ones they love, be safe in their communities, and participate in civic life.
The Williams Institute is housed at UCLA School of Law and conducts independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. We ensure that facts—not stereotypes—inform laws, policies, and judicial decisions that affect the LGBT community.

The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where every member of the LGBTQ family has the freedom to live their truth without fear and with equality under the law. We empower our 3 million members and supporters to mobilize against attacks on the most marginalized people in our community.

The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people.

SAGE Metro Detroit is a local affiliate of the national Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE), the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) older adults through services, advocacy and programs for older adults.

Founded in 1847, the American Medical Association (AMA) is the largest and only national association that convenes 190+ state and specialty medical societies and other critical stakeholders. Throughout history, the AMA has always followed its mission: to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.

The Institute of Medicine was founded in 1970 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences to address the concerns of medicine and healthcare.

This program is housed at one of the oldest LGBTQ health centers in the country, Fenway Health Center which opened nearly 50 years ago. Fenway Health houses the National LGBTQIA Health Education Center which offers a range of formal continuing education for physicians.

KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) is a nonprofit organization focusing on national health issues, as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. KFF develops and runs its own policy analysis, journalism and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with major news organizations. Report on Health Equity 2022

What Trainings Will Be Available?

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Basic knowledge training suitable for all medical facilities to use as introductory to the topics
  • What is meant by LGBTQ affirming care?
  • What data is relevant in discussing LGBTQ community in Michigan
  • What national agencies are engaged in this work
  • What do you know about health disparities and this community
  • Where to learn more
  • How to connect with local or regional LGBTQ resources
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Develop training focused on how to make a medical practice more affirming
  • How policies and procedures can help practice become more affirming
  • Visual and patient materials that send welcoming messages (and no, you don’t need to have a giant pride flag)
  • Why collecting SOGI data is useful for you and your patients
  • How to connect with local LGBTQ resources to assist patients and ways to connect with LGBTQ media to advertise or promote your health services
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Older adult services and the LGBTQ community
  • Overview of LGBTQ older adults: demographics, social conditions in their past
  • What data is available in Michigan
  • How to make your older adult patients comfortable talking about their identity (hint: if you are comfortable, they will be comfortable)
  • Long term care, caregiving, and housing challenges among LGBTQ older adults
  • Resources available for LGBTQ older adults
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Becoming part of the network to provide more affirming care in Michigan TBD
  • What are the opportunities to become part of a network?
  • What are minimum requirements: agree to be published as affirming provider, have a MOU or similar agreement with a local LGBTQ community center?
  • How to get more LGBTQ patients in your practice: social media, LGBTQ press, local publications, statewide organizations, health centers, etc.
  • Contributing data and how it can be used to better document the needs of LGBTQ people
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Introduction to Providing Behavioral Health and Primary Care Services to transgender, gender non-binary persons
  • What is meant by transgender, and gender non-binary?
  • The changing world of pronoun usage
  • What is the reality for patients seeking health care (including behavioral health services)
  • What types of medical services are many Trans/non-binary people seeking?
  • Insurance and its challenges, Michigan laws protecting Trans/non-binary people
  • Where to find additional training and certification
  • Social services aimed at Trans/non-binary people

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