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Health Promotion Strategies for LGBT Persons

Video Length: 39 minutes

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

  • Discuss the importance of resilience and coping for LGBT individuals across the lifespan.
  • Describe L, G, B, and/or T population-specific programs designed to encourage development of healthy coping behaviors (“life skills”).
  • Define the terms “risk negotiation” and “harm reduction”, and describe the benefits of health coaching using a motivational interviewing approach.
  • Formulate an initial, non-judgmental and supportive response to an L, G, B and/or T patient who discloses that they are engaging in (a) high-risk coping behavior(s).
  • Describe the importance of population-specific support services for L, G, B, and/or T individuals who are in recovery (e.g. substance abuse) and/or coping with illness (e.g. cancer).
  • Value the importance of designing health education and outreach materials that are culturally responsive.
  • Discuss at least 3 opportunities for integrating LGBT-specific health promotion into medical training.

Jennifer Potter, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
Director of the Women's Health Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Director of the Women's Health Program, Fenway Health

Emilia Dunham, MPP, MBA
Medicaid/MassHealth Project Manager
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Project Manager
Life Skills Study, Fenway Community Health

Kristen L. Eckstrand, MD, PhD
Co-Director, Vanderbilt Program for LGBTI Health
Chair, AAMC Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Sex Development
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Kevin Kapila, MD
Primary Care Physician
Medical Director of Behavioral Health
Fenway Community Health

Michelle M. Forcier, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Assistant Dean for Admissions
Division of Adolescent Medicine
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Suggested Citation:
Association of American Medical Colleges. "Health Promotion Strategies for LGBT Persons" (October, 2016). AAMC Videos and Resources. Washington, DC: Association of American Medical Colleges. Available online at:

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