LGBT Health: A Key Curricular Component In the Pursuit of Health Equity
The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) recommends that social determinants of health, which contribute to health disparities, be included in MPH core curricula at CEPH-accredited U.S. schools of public health. Despite this recommendation, our research suggests that there is limited SOGI curricular content. We will present findings on the inclusivity of SOGI-related curricular content in U.S. schools of public health from an assessment of available courses with substantial content on SOGI. In order to effectively teach about social determinants of health, it is imperative that public health curricula include SOGI-content along with more commonly discussed social determinants of health. These data will inform public health faculty, administrators, students and staff on the current state of LGBT-inclusivity, highlighting the need for supplemental SOGI-specific educational programming. Improving LGBT-inclusivity and cultural competency more broadly may have lasting effects on allied health professionals’ ability to provide high-quality treatment and care for all.
Learning Areas:Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related research
Describe how SOGI-inclusive public health curricula impact access to high quality public health and medical care among LGBT communities. Identify SOGI-inclusive elements in curricula across CEPH-accredited U.S. schools of public health. Discuss the relevance of SOGI-inclusive curriculum to ASPPH recommendations on the inclusion of social determinants of health in MPH core curricula at CEPH-accredited U.S. schools of public health.
Keyword(s): Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT), Curricula
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a doctoral student in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and have practitioner experience in program design and evaluation, with a focus on sexual health practices among LGBTQ youth. My research interests focus on risk behaviors during adolescence and the transition into adulthood; health disparities in sexual minorities; HIV prevention; and the relationship between mental and sexual health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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