Nurse practitioners will be able to receive culturally competent training for LGBTQ healthcare thanks to the first fellowship of its kind in the nation.
The project will address a lack of LGBTQ training for clinical providers at the national, state, and local level. The American Medical Association recently called for creating an LGBTQ-friendly practice and meeting the community’s healthcare needs.
Also, bisexual men and women have the worst access to medical care due to discrimination by healthcare providers.
Keith Haring Fellowship
The Keith Haring Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Fellowship, scheduled to launch next year at the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in Brooklyn, NY, is made possible by a $2.5 million donation from the Keith Haring LGBTQ+ Health Equity Endowment.
“Keith Haring was a visionary in the fight against HIV/AIDS, raising awareness, challenging stigma and engaging hearts and souls through his art as a person living with HIV,” Wendy Stark, executive director of Callen-Lorde Community Health Center said in a press release.
The fellowship will be a full-time, 12-month program based in New York, but open to all nurse practitioners across the country.
Some of the LGBTQ healthcare that fellows will be trained on include HIV and STI prevention and treatment, anal health, gynecological care for transgender and sexual minority women, transgender health (including hormone therapy, pre- and post-surgery evaluation), and alternative insemination and parenting options.
The fellowship will also serve as a resource for other organizations and institutions looking to create or expand their own population-specific programs.
The fellowship’s goals:
- Increase the number of LGBTQ sensitive primary care providers
- Increase access to LGBTQ healthcare that is comprehensive, team-based, patient-centered, coordinated, accessible, high quality, and safe.
- Increase primary care workforce retention through improving confidence, capability, and job satisfaction.
- Develop leadership qualities to improve clinic and patient outcomes through quality improvement, population health, and/or research.
- Advance skills to create organizational change that will make LGBTQ inclusive and affirming healthcare systems.