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LGBT Health Immersion Day: Measuring the Impact of an LGBT Health Education Intervention

Monday, November 2, 2015

Ramon Hernandez, MPH, DrPH candidate, Maternal Child Health, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Brian Nuyen, BS, MS3, School of Medicine, UC San Diego School of Medicine, La Jolla, CA
Amanpreet Sandhu, B.S., Department of Pediatrics, UC San Diego School of Medicine, La Jolla, CA
Background: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are an underserved patient population. Contributing to this underserved need is the inadequacy in fully addressing LGBT health issues in US medical education. One solution to the education deficit – including more and higher-quality hours of LGBT health instruction – has been proven to be a high-yield and successful endeavor. To address this educational deficit, UC San Diego School of Medicine implemented “LGBT Health Issues Immersion Day” as part of the 2nd-year medical education curriculum.

Methods: The Immersion Day was composed of three educational activities: 1) An introductory LGBT health lecture; 2) A moderated a panel of six LGBT patients/community members; and, 3) Facilitated small group break-out sessions utilizing three video training modules. The following themes were covered: 1) Latina Lesbian Health, 2) Elder Married Gay Male, and 3) Transgender Adolescent. Pre- and post- questionnaires were administered and results were analyzed with paired samples t-tests.

Results:  Pre- and post-intervention analysis revealed that students demonstrated a significant increase in 1) level of knowledge of health risks faced by LGBT patients 2) level of comfort in engaging LGBT patients 3) level of confidence in connecting LGBT patients to LGBT friendly health-care providers and services. Lastly, 81.8% found the Immersion Day to be “useful” or “very useful” in cultural-competency care training. 

Conclusion:  LGBT Health Issues Immersion Day was a successful intervention and has been institutionalized. Integrating LGBT health instruction into US medical education can potentially translate to culturally competent and successful patient-oriented care.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Diversity and culture

Learning Objectives:
Describe a multi-pronged educational intervention aimed at increasing student knowledge and confidence in LGBT health.

Keyword(s): Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT), Health Promotion and Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have over 20 years of experience working in the public health arena focusing on the implementation of youth development, academic enrichment programs, and pubic health programs for adolescents and young adults. I have a MPH in Health Administration and am a DrPH candidate in Maternal Child Health from Boston University School of Public Health.

Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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