MPact, in partnership with the Center for Public Health and Human Rights (CPHHR) at Johns Hopkins University, has developed a new handbook titled, “Promoting the Health and Rights of Gay Men Worldwide: A Handbook for All Health Professionals.” The newly released guide will help build cultural and clinical competency among healthcare providers serving gay communities.
The handbook draws from emerging research and clinical guidance on the health of gay men. With a strong focus on sex positivity and an affirmation of the value of intimacy, this handbook departs from viewing gay men’s health in a disease framework. This resource, instead, centers on a sex-positive, harm reduction framework, focusing on health as a basic human right with sexual health as only one component of health more broadly.
Organized across nine distinct modules, the handbook is designed to increase healthcare providers’ knowledge, attitudes, and skills on a wide range of clinically relevant topics including mental health, sexual history-taking, drug and alcohol use, and sexual health.
In partnership with local LGBTI organizations and CPHHR, the handbook was pilot tested by MPact in 2020 with more than 60 healthcare providers from Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. MPact plans to launch a series of webinars and other accompanying tools over the course of the next several months to promote the handbook.
Join us for an introductory webinar on how community organizations and healthcare providers can use this new resource to better serve the needs of gay communities around the world.
Thursday July 22nd
6AM PT • 9AM ET • 4PM UTC
Samuel Matsikure, Programs Manager, GALZ (Zimbabwe)
Dr. Hendry Luis, Executive Director, Bali Peduli Clinic (Indonesia)
Stefan Baral MD, Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Chu Thanh Ha, It’s T Time (Viet Nam)
Philip Uma, THEDI (Nigeria)
Omar Baños, Director of Training & Technical Assistance, MPact