> Training and Technical Assistance
The GLBT Health Access Training Project
offers free on-site trainings across the state that provide
an overview of the barriers that GLBT people and their families
face in accessing health care services. Several dates have
been setup already.
We often schedule additional trainings as requested.
Standards of Practice for Provision of Quality Health Care Services
for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Clients were developed
to help providers eliminate barriers to care and deliver culturally
competent services. With funding from the Massachusetts Department
of Public Health, the Health Access Project has developed curriculum
and provide comprehensive trainings and technical assistance for
agencies interested in implementing the Community Standards.
For those who are beyond
the "101" level, we have also designed trainings, presentations,
and other opportunities to learn about specific subject areas such
as transgender health, focused health interests, the state of GLBT
research, how to ask about sexual orientation/gender identity on
forms, conducting evaluation, and many other areas. Designed
to educate staff at all levels of an organization, the trainings
also describe how implementing the Community Standards can help
improve the quality of services provided to GLBT clients and their
families. Staff of the Health Access Project and the
Training Project will provide technical assistance and consultation
to help agencies review and revise their policies and procedures
If you do not live within
Massachusetts and are interested in having Health Access Project
staff train or consult with your agency/company, contact
us to discuss the possibilities.
If you are
interested in training specifically on HIV, please contact our Training
and Education Program. They are widely viewed
as leaders in providing a variety of training and technical assistance
to enhance providers' ability to better serve the needs of their
clients and communities.
If you are
interested in training on management and leadership support resource
for community-based nonprofits, please contact the Management
Assistance Program. They provide valuable management
and leadership support resources for community-based nonprofits
across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. If you are a nonprofit
funded by the HIV/AIDS Bureau of the Massachusetts Department of
Public Health, you are eligible for MAP's services.
Here are some important
things to consider when thinking about training and your agency:
- Our trainings, technical assistance, and consultations are designed
to help agencies identify barriers to care and to develop an action
plan for improving the quality of services provided to GLBT people
and their families.
- Trainings can be tailored to meet the unique needs of each agency;
staff of the Health Access Project will work with the agency director
or other designated staff person to assess your agency's policies
and procedures and provide a training that addresses your specific
- A significant number of staff at all levels (i.e., administrators,
direct-care, and support staff) should attend the training if
it is to be effective in identifying and eliminating barriers
to care for GLBT consumers.
- Smaller agencies may wish to organize a joint training with
other agencies with which you normally collaborate. Staff at the
Health Access Project can assist you with organizing multi-agency
programs. Technical assistance and consultations will be provided
to each agency participating.
- If your agency would like to make arrangements for a training,
please print out and complete a Training
Application, which must be signed by your agency director
or CEO. Submit the completed application to the Health Access
Project at the address at the bottom of the application.