Ralph Vetters MD, MPH, is the site medical director of the Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center, a program of Fenway Health in Boston, MA. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and trained as a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Boston Medical Center. The Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center focuses on caring for youth who are alienated from the traditional health care system – LGBTQ youth, street youth and homeless youth.
In this podcast, Dr. Ralph Vetters talks with Helen Osborne about:
- What this term means, who it includes, and how it covers a wide range of issues and identities.
- Strategies to communicate health information in ways that are respectful, helpful, and inclusive. This includes pronouns, words, non-words, health history forms, and electronic medical records.
- How health literacy and communicating with LGBTQ youth share many characteristics, goals, and strategies.
More ways to learn:
- Sidney Borum. Jr Health Center, http://sidneyborum.org
- Do Ask, Do Tell: A Toolkit for Collecting Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Clinical Settings. At http://doaskdotell.org
- Providing Welcoming Services and Care for LGBT People: A Learning Guide for Health Care Staff. PDF available at http://www.lgbthealtheducation.org/wp-content/uploads/Learning-Guide.pdf
Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition (Updated 2018), by Helen Osborne. Relevant chapters include: 7, 17, 24, 41.