HITEQ Highlights: Improve the Collection and Respectful Use of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI)

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Event date: 4/11/2023 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Export event
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HITEQ Highlights: Improve the Collection and Respectful Use of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI)

Inclusive SOGI EHR Workflows

Collecting sensitive patient information, including data related to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI), is a critical part of operations for many health centers, especially FQHCs. Though required by many funding and reporting systems, for example, Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Services, integrating how to capture these data in respectful and consistent ways may be a challenge. Based on  experience from an FQHC in Washington, DC with special expertise in LGBTQ+ and HIV Care, the process of training staff and implementing SOGI data-related workflows will be described, including subsequent measurement and Quality Improvement initiatives. Details include examples of registration forms, staff training materials, EMR workflows, and patient-facing resources. The importance of creating affirming spaces to help support effective medical care was also discussed.

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