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IN•clued

Inclusive Health Care that Empowers Youth and Providers 

The Future is Inclusive

IN•clued is a ground-breaking educational program that addresses the sexual health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender. and queer (LGBTQ) youth. Because of homophobia, transphobia, and other systemic barriers, LGBTQ young people are more likely to be impacted by unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Currently, IN•clued is the only evidence-informed sexual health education program designed specifically to meet the needs of LGBTQ youth, making this program a much-needed effort in the fight for health equity and inclusion.

IN•clued works with trained facilitators to

Empower LGBTQ youth with sexual health knowledge and skills to keep themselves safe.

Give LGBTQ youth the tools to advocate for their sexual health.

Work directly with health centers on providing LGBTQ inclusive sexual health care.

A Dual Approach

IN·clued uses a dual approach to lowering teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection rates among LGBTQ youth ages 14-19. Teens participate in a workshop that helps fill the gaps in sexual health information and skills that is relevant to all genders and identities. They are also referred to local health care providers who are trained to provide LGBTQ-friendly sexual health services. This combination has the proven outcome of youth seeking sexual health services and engaging in less risky sexual behaviors.

Workshop

This three-hour interactive workshop includes education related to sexual health risk prevention and how to access health services as well as advocate for sexual health needs in a health care setting. The workshop includes activities like:

  • Learning about the sexual health needs of LGBTQ youth.
  • Redefining "sex" for an LGBTQ audience. 
  • STI and pregnancy prevention methods. 
  • Accessing health care and practice advocating with a provider.

LGBTQ Youth-Friendly Services

 IN·clued refers young people to a health center that can meet their needs. This is done in one of two ways:

  • Referring to a health center that is already providing LGBTQ+ youth friendly sexual health services
  • Providing local health center staff with a three-hour workshop that covers best practices for working with LGBTQ youth, making a health center more LGBTQ-friendly, and engaging LGBTQ youth in the exam room so that they feel safe, comfortable and open to sharing their sexual health behaviors.
Q. Why focus on LGBTQ youth?

LGBTQ youth have higher teen pregnancy and STD rates than their heterosexual and cisgender peers. There are many reasons for this, including: greater harassment and discrimination as well as family rejection which leads to risky behaviors, and a greater propensity toward substance use which may also have an effect on pregnancy rates. In addition there is a lack of sexual education that includes the needs of LGBTQ youth and thus does not adequately educate about the need for birth control and testing.

Q. What can health care providers do to better serve LGBTQ youth?

As a result of past negative experiences dealing with health care providers, LGBTQ people are less likely to obtain regular testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. Health care providers often fail to provide LGBTQ patients with adequate information regarding safer sex.  This training will help staff feel more comfortable and confident providing care to LGBTQ+ patients, and better prepared to address LGBTQ+ youth issues efficiently.

 

 

Q. How do you know IN•clued works?

IN·clued is grounded in the Health Belief Model Theory of Change and proven sexuality education best practices. This program was rigorously evaluated through a randomized controlled trial, with results showing overwhelmingly positive outcomes. A year after the workshop, youth who participated in the IN·clued workshop showed significant positive differences related to recent sexual behaviors, sexual health knowledge, sexual health care, and health care self-efficacy.

Q. How can I bring IN•clued to my community?

Now that the randomized controlled trial is complete, and we know the overwhelmingly positive outcomes for youth who participate in this program, the IN·clued curricula is available for replication and capacity building opportunities are being offered. For more information about these opportunities, please contact Annika Shore, Director of Education, at [email protected]

 

“IN·clued offers young queer and trans folx an invaluable space to learn from and with each other. The curriculum gives LGBTQ young people the opportunity to bring their questions and concerns and to leave with the affirmation, information, and skills they need to be their own advocates and educators from that point forward.”

-IN·CLUED FACILITATOR

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“I really liked learning about contraception that was more inclusive to me and my needs.”

-PARTICIPANT IN MISSOULA, MT

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“I really enjoyed the education on clinician visits because I struggle with that all the time”

-PARTICIPANT IN MINNEAPOLIS, MN

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