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Do Ask, Do Tell: A Practical, Patient-Centered Approach to Working with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Veterans

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Do Ask, Do Tell: A Practical, Patient-Centered Approach to Working with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Veterans

The purpose of this web course is to equip VA providers with effective and engaging ways to deliver high quality care to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual (LGB) Veterans, using an inclusive, patient-centered approach. This program will address an education and training need to provide practical application skills providers can use in their clinical care setting and will identify key resources for additional information. Presenters Include: Jonathan Bechard, MD, VA Montana Healthcare System; Jillian Shipherd, PhD, Patient Care Services, VACO; NCPTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System; Jolienne Walters-Harvey, APRN, VAMC Northport; James Halloran, MSN, RN, CNS, VHA Office of Public Health; Deanna Rolstead, MD, Phoenix VA Health Care System; John Blosnich, PhD, Pittsburgh VAMC.

Learning Objectives:
After viewing this video, the learner will be able to:

  • To identify LGBT specific healthcare needs and disparities.
  • To identify examples of incorporating sexual orientation (including the elements identity, attraction and behavior) and sexual behavior as part of routine care from a Veteran-centered perspective.
  • To describe strategies for assessing and honoring Veterans’ preferences for documenting LGBT information in their medical record.
  • To name strategies health care providers can use that will create an inclusive health care environment.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Jillian Shipherd, PhD
Patient Care Services, VACO

Jonathan Bechard, MD
VA Montana Healthcare System

John Blosnich, PhD
Pittsburgh VAMC

Alexis Matza, PhD
Patient Care Services, VACO

Jennifer A. Bess, PhD
South Texas VHCS

Derek Burks, PhD
VA Portland Health Care System

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