Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012
News for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Physicians
University offering certificate program in GLBT health
Physicians and other practicing health care professionals who wish to better understand and address health issues specific to various gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) populations can consider a new program offered by Drexel University Online in coordination with the Drexel University School of Public Health.
The Certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health consists of three online graduate-level courses in which participants will review the health concerns faced by GLBT people and critique the research, sampling and measurement methodologies used to investigate GLBT health and health disparities, according to a news release about the program.
New programs such as Drexel's offer encouragement that future clinicians will be better prepared to address the needs of their GLBT patients. Even if you are not prepared to undertake a certificate program, there are many small ways clinicians can provide better care.
British group issues report on caring for older GLBT people
In response to the impending "care time bomb" coming for aging gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people, the British charity Stonewall has developed a guide for caring and working with older lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
As is also the case in the United States, in the United Kingdom a significant proportion of older gay individuals are likely to live alone, have limited family support and rely on formal services for help in the future. The guide offers an overview of what older gay people need, advises on what care and support workers can do to make their aging process easier, and suggests further resources for care providers wanting to learn more about this at-risk population.