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Queering Care: Addressing the Root Causes of LGBTQI+ Health and Health Care Disparities

This course will examine the unmet health needs and unique health care disparities faced by LGBTQI+ people in the US. Rather than approach gender and sexuality as innate facts, we will trace the history of these categories and analyze the ways in which they regulate people’s access and proximity to the resources, institutions, and material means of sustaining life. Accordingly, we will look at how cultural stigma, institutional discrimination, interpersonal and state violence, clinical pathologization, and legal attacks on civil rights converge to create the conditions of ill-health for queer and trans patients. We will also look to historical and contemporary examples of queer and trans resistance and resiliency in the face of gender and sexual oppression.

Within this context, the course reviews ongoing struggles for LGBTQI+ health justice and reveals nurses’ vital contributions to ensuring equitable care for LGBTQI+ patients. As patient advocates, nurses have a unique role in resisting institutional discrimination, fighting for social justice, and providing care that recognizes everyone’s self-determination, bodily autonomy, and right to health.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify the health and health care disparities faced by LGBTQI+ people and their root social, economic, political, and historical causes.
  2. Analyze gender and sexuality as social determinants of health.
  3. Describe the unique role of nurses in providing equitable care and resisting institutional discrimination.

Instructor: Kel Montalvo-Quinones

Course Details

This will be a 3-hour online class via Zoom for 3 hours of continuing education credits.


CE courses are free to National Nurses United members. Classes are only offered to direct-care and staff RNs. CE courses are also available to at-large members. Learn more about becoming an at-large member here.

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