A part of the AccentCare Community Education Series

Understanding and Caring for the LGBTQIA+ Patient

June 13, 2023 | 12:00 PM CT

This course is eligible for one hour of CE/CME for MDs, PAs, NPs, RNs, LPNs, LVNs, Social Workers, and Long Term Care Administrators.

Understanding and caring for patients who are within the LGBTQIA+ community requires that clinicians understand that there are unique needs that must be considered. This educational offering discusses the history of the LGBT community’s interactions with health care. It also explores current trends for this population to better understand their experiences that can improve care for these patients.

You will learn about the unique issues for elderly patients from the LGBT+ group including likelihood of being single, having children, living at poverty level, having issues with housing, and reports of victimization. It also clarifies terminology related to the differences between sex, gender, and sexual orientation which is essential in demonstrating respect and care for these individuals.

This presentation shows that LGBTQI+ represents a diverse group from different races, ethnicities, socioeconomic status, age, and geographical locations. It also gives examples of inclusive language that helps to build trust between this group of patients and health care professionals.


Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the historical perspectives and progression to the current environment for the LGBTQI community
  • Explore concerns reported by LGBTQI people regarding health care
  • Describe the differences between sex, gender, and sexual orientation
  • Discuss Transgender issues and concerns across the lifespan
  • Describe how to use language that is inclusive

If you have questions about this course please email

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Alex Ramirez

Regional Director of Clinical Operations

Alex Ramirez has been a nurse for over 17 years, with his specialty being in hospice and palliative care, and nurse leadership. He was the co-chair for the HPNA LGBTQ+ SIG from 2019-2021 and he has spoken at multiple events across the country regarding understanding the unique challenges that LGBTQI+ patients face, and how to better serve this them.

Accrediting Information

AccentCare is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. AccentCare maintains responsibility for the courses offered above. ACE provider approval period: 1/20/2022-1/20/2025.

AccentCare is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Provider Number: P0355

AccentCare is approved to offer select CME listed on this page via the American Academy of Family Physicians.

AccentCare is approved to offer select Long Term Care Administrator credit listed on this page via the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards.