For health centers caring for youth and adolescents, navigating the conversation around sexual orientation and gender identity can be challenging, particularly with respect to ensuring and preserving privacy and confidentiality. This document describes the health center's role in caring for LGBTQ youth and their families, including strategies for having important conversations, creating a welcoming and safe environment, and utilizing technology to keep youth engaged. This document includes brief case studies, a glossary of terms, and a resource list. Health center team members across the country contributed to this document by kindly sharing their wisdom, experience, and ah-ha moments with readers who want to gain competency in caring for LGBTQ youth and families
Important NACHC Library Content Note: This technical assistance resource was developed prior to the August 2017 release of the Health Center Compliance Manual by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC). The BPHC Compliance Manual, issued August 2017, indicates where PINS, PALs and other program guidance are now superseded or subsumed by the BPHC Compliance Manual.
This project was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).