This Learning Community (LC) will provide learners the opportunity to hear from experts in the field on serving LGBTQ+ populations and collecting sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) data in safe and effective ways.
Learners will have the opportunity to engage in monthly presentations, quarterly office hours, and will get early release access to helpful tools such as a self-assessment, tip sheets, and supervisor’s guides.
The presentations offered through this LC will provide guidance on creating affirming spaces, documenting SOGI in electronic medical records, navigating anti-LGBTQ+ climates, discussing SOGI with youth and families, organizational change efforts, and so much more. Check out our upcoming sessions below!
This session will describe how to de-gender tools, language, and forms to foster safe SOGI data collection. Example forms will be provided to demonstrate gender neutral or inclusive options for honorifics, pronouns, and questions about family structures. Best practices on safely entering and using this information in an electronic medical record will also be covered.
Alex Keuroghlian, MD, MPH (any pronouns)
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Director, Division of Education & Training, The Fenway Institute; Director & Michele & Howard J Kessler Chair, Division of Public & Community Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
Our office hours are an opportunity for participants to ask questions and get technical assistance from experts in the field. During this session, presenters will be discussing a recently developed self-assessment tool that behavioral health providers and organizations can use to measure their readiness to safely collect SOGI data. This assessment will guide users to examine explicit affirming practices, HR policies, staff training standards, forms, and data storage systems.
Christopher Bellonci, MD, FAACAP (he/him)
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School; Senior Policy Advisor, Baker Center
Angela Weeks, DBA (she/her)
Director, National SOGIE Center; Project Director, Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity
This Learning Community is hosted in partnership with Innovations Institute at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, The National SOGIE Center, and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors.