Takeaways

  • Research is needed to better understand physical health markers among LGBTQ youth before, during, and after periods of homelessness.
  • The interaction between mental and physical health of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness should be considered when providing health care as they are intricately linked in achieving positive health outcomes.
  • Health Center Programs should collect sexual orientation and gender identity information from program participants and provide response options to capture the full range of identities that are related to a person’s health and wellbeing.
  • Although providers of HCH programs are trained to deliver compassionate care to individuals experiencing homelessness, particular attention should be placed on increasing provider knowledge on providing culturally competent care to LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness.

Data

Number of Youth (11-24) seen by HCH programs in the US
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