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LGBTQ+ VHA Staff/Provider Training

VHA LGBTQ+ Training

LGBTQ+ Health Program oversees educational programs on LGBTQ+ health in VHA. We provide ongoing educational programs for VHA staff about best practices in LGBTQ+ healthcare. They are designed to shape the environment of care for enhanced health, well-being and quality of life for LGBTQ+ Veterans.

LGBTQ+ VHA Staff/Provider Online Training, available on-demand outside the VA

We provide ongoing educational programs for VHA staff about best practices in LGBTQ+ healthcare. Many of these trainings are on our internal VA websites but the following are available on-demand outside the VA:

The trainings listed below (25 minutes or less) are on TRAIN, a free service for learners from the Public Health Foundation.

  • LGB Veteran Health Care Modules - Group 2 *
    • Fertility and Family Building
    • Stress and Trauma-Informed Care
    • Sexual Health Care for Genderqueer and Nonbinary Veterans
    • Importance of an Affirming Clinical Environment

Care enhanced through VA Transgender & Gender Diverse E-Consults

Question: As a transgender or gender diverse Veteran, can I get a second opinion on my gender-affirmation treatment plan?
Answer: Any VA provider can get consultation from an interdisciplinary team of experts in treatment of transgender and gender diverse Veterans. With your consent, a VA provider (nurse, doctor, social worker, psychologist, etc.) can get advice about your treatment plan through your electronic medical record. The expert team will review your medical record and answer your provider’s questions. Common questions include asking about hormone doses, blood tests, preventive screenings

Download this flyer and bring it in to your next medical appointment to start this conversation.

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LGBTQ+ Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship Training Positions

Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship Training Positions with an Emphasis on LGBTQ+ Health Care for Veterans.

Purpose: The purpose of this announcement is to request applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship position for training in Clinical or Health Psychology with an emphasis in LGBTQ+ interprofessional health care for Veterans. The objective of this fellowship is to increase VA’s capacity to provide culturally and clinically appropriate care to LGBTQ+ Veterans. The nine sites include Bedford, Boston, Chicago, Honolulu, Houston, Milwaukee, San Diego, San Francisco, and West Haven. The fellows will receive specialty clinical training with LGBTQ+ Veterans in diverse clinics and will complete a research or scholarly project.

Eligible Fellows: Psychology fellows must have completed all requirements of an APA-accredited psychology doctoral program and an APA-accredited internship. Fellows must be US citizens. To find out more please visit the VA Psychology Training Website.

•  Bedford
  - Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Medical Center
  - Training Director: Richard Amodio, PhD
  - Track Supervisor: Stephen Gresham, PhD
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•  Boston
  - VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS)
  - Training Director: Amy Silberbogen, PhD
  - Track Supervisor: Colleen Sloan, PhD
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•  Chicago
  - Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospitall
  - Training Director: Caroline Hawk, PhD
  - Track Supervisor: Kristin Raley, PhD
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•  Hawaii
  - Honolulu - VA Pacific Islands Health Care System (VAPIHCS)
  - Training Director: Shiloh Jordan, PhD
  - Track Supervisor: Mary Harlinger, PhD
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•  Houston
  - Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
  - Training Director: Ellen Teng, PhD
  - Track Supervisor: Angela Romeo, PsyD
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•  Milwaukee
  - Milwaukee VA Medical Center
  - Training Director: Heather Smith, PhD
  - Track Director: Gregory Simons, PhD
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•  San Diego
  - VA San Diego Healthcare System
  - Training Director: Natalie Castriotta, PhD
  - Track Director: Pollyanna Casmar, PhD
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•  San Francisco
  - San Francisco VA Medical Center
  - Training Director: Samuel Wan, PhD
  - Track Director: Michael Burnias
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•  West Haven
  - West Haven - VA Connecticut Healthcare System
  - Training Director: Josh Bullock, PhD
  - Track Co-Supervisors: Alex Gonzales-Harsha, Psy.D. Georgina Gross, Ph.D.
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Need Help?  LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator (VCC) Services

There is an LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator (LGBTQ+ VCC) at every facility to help you get the care you need. VHA policies require that your health care is delivered in an affirming and inclusive environment and that VHA employees respect your identity.

Reach out to your local facility’s LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator today:
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