Our Curriculum

Center for Education, Research, & Advocacy

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.

Howard Brown’s Center for Education Research and Advocacy is pleased to announce new online modules focused on providing an affirming environment for patients who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming (TGNC) in your clinic settings. For a limited time Howard Brown Health University is offering the following educational modules at no cost. Please share the following modules with your colleagues and reach out to Howard Brown’s education team at education@howardbrown.org to learn about supplemental in-person training offerings through the Center for Education, Research and Advocacy.

Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Essentials

This foundational module covers topics including; TGNC essential terminology, medical myths and misconceptions, gender appropriate language, pronoun practice, sentence structure, and gendered language in care settings, TGNC standards of care and how to create affirming environments of care. Upon completion of this module, learners will be able to; define foundational terminology, explain necessity of cultural humility in working with TGNC people, demonstrate skills appropriate for TGNC patients, clients and co-workers and plan methods to incorporate best practices.

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Gender Appropriate Language

In this module learners will acquire skills and best practices to communicate in ways that are affirming to TGNC patients, including mitigating the traumatic effects of misgendering patients. Misgendering means referring to someone using a word, pronoun or other form of address that does not correctly reflect the gender with which they identify. Additional topics included are based on healthy equity approaches for health care and creating welcoming environments. Resources included direct learners to invest personal time to reflect and elevate their level of cultural humility. Upon completion of this module, learners will be able to: understand trauma informed care, begin to dismantle the gender binary, define misgendering as trauma, gain skills to practice asking about pronouns, plan methods to incorporate best practices and develop approaches to health equity for transgender and gender nonconforming people.

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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.