Our Curriculum

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Howard Brown’s education team offers a professional development series for healthcare providers and care team members who are interested increasing their capacity to serve LGBTQ patients in their clinics. We can help tailor our curriculum to meet your needs. For more information please contact education@howardbrown.org.

Nurse’s Health Education about LGBT Elders (HEALE)

Aging LGBTQ adults experience compounded disparities and multiple barriers to high quality health care. As a result, nurses and providers who provide direct care require additional expertise to meet their needs. In response, Howard Brown Health experts developed the Nurses’ HEALE series, a 6-hour cultural competency curriculum consisting of the following main topics:

  • An Introduction to LGBTQ Elders
  • Health Disparities and Barriers to Care
  • Sex and Sexuality in for LGBTQ Older Adults
  • Legal and Financial Barriers to Care
  • Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Elders
  • HIV and Aging

The HEALE curriculum was made possible through a collaborative partnership with Rush University’s Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program of Illinois (GWEP-I), funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).


Howard Brown offers four foundational courses tailored to health care providers and care teams interested in learning more about working with LGBTQ people in their institutions.

  • Foundations of Care: Working with Patients who Identify as LGBTQ
    This course reviews sexual orientation and gender identity basics as well as common barriers to care that impact LGBTQ people.  Upon completion, providers and their care teams will be able to outline common social determinants of health and disparities in care experienced by LGBTQ people.
  • Foundations of Care: Working with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) Patients
    Foundations of care for patients who identify as TGNC reviews gender identity basics, offering strategies to help patients feel comfortable healthcare settings. This course reviews transphobia in clinic settings and disparities in care experienced by TGNC people.
  • Gender Appropriate Language: Practical Skill Development
    We know that patient-centered practice keeps patients engaged in their care. This course empowers providers, care teams, and allied health professionals to work with patients who identify across the gender spectrum in their clinic settings. This is a dynamic course, structured so that providers can practice new strategies to use in their clinic settings
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Data Collection: Best Practices and Skill Development
    Many people are afraid to talk about sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) because fear saying the wrong thing. This course will empower health care providers and care teams to ask patients about their sexual orientation and gender identity. In addition, our SOGI course offers an overview of strategies for collecting these data in electronic medical records and reviews best practices for quality improvement programs.