Cultural Competence and Affirmative Practice

Many providers do not receive sufficient training in providing care to LGBTQIA+ children, adolescents, and young adults. LGBTQIA+ youth report high levels of unmet health needs and expect to face prejudice in healthcare settings—leading to hesitancy to access care or disclose LGBTQIA+ status to providers.

Cultural Competence is an essential means of reducing disparities in health care. Culturally competent care acknowledges the importance of culture, incorporates cross-cultural relations, recognizes the potential impact of cultural differences, expands cultural knowledge, and adapts services to meet patient needs.

Affirmative Practice is an approach to health care in which organizations, programs, and providers validate and support the identities stated or expressed by those served. Affirmative care has been established as a best practice for serving the LGBTQIA+ community.