The Community of Practise (CoP) on LGBTI Health is a continuation of the earlier Working Group Sexual Diversity, and builds on earlier Share-Net Netherlands’ work on sexual diversity and SRHR.
Sexual orientation, gender identity and expression are important social determinants of health. They can and do affect health needs and vulnerabilities, health (seeking) behaviours and access and quality of health services. Share-Net Netherlands recognise “LGBTI health” is an important component of SRHR and gender equality. Several SN-NL members work towards improving health of people and communities of diverse sexual orientation and gender identities.
The overall goal of the CoP is to improve LGBTI health and rights in the Netherlands and globally.
Specific objective is to improve knowledge, capacities and actions of SNNL members through
On November 5th, the CoP organised a virtual meeting on Mental health and LGBTI aiming to improve the health and rights of LGBTI people and communities by strengthening the knowledge and capacities of professionals. The webinar was well attended by more than 70 Master students and representatives of the wider SRHR community. You can (re-)watch the presentation sessions here and find a short webinar report based on mentimeter results here.
Furthermore, the CoP commissioned a literature review which explores the concepts and dimensions of LGBTI health in order to present an understanding
of LGBTI health, the risks and disparities that LGBTI people face and associated health needs. The focus of this paper is on the health risks and needs of LGBTI – as a highly heterogeneous group of varying sexual and gender identities with diverse health needs – both independently and in relation to the health of the general population. Access and read the paper on LGBTI health here.
The CoP has created a quiz based on a paper written by Jennifer Sawyer titled “Understanding LGBTI health: health issues and needs of LGBTI communities”, commissioned by CoP in 2020. You can access the full paper here.
How much do you know about the health issues and needs of LGBTI people? Test your knowledge and take the quiz here.
In 2021, the CoP will commission the development of a knowledge product on community-led health services for LGBTI and sustainabilit. They also aim to host an expert meeting on best practices and lessons regarding LGBTI health in restrictive settings (inviting speakers from RNW, COC and the new strategic partnerships).
Furthermore, CoP members will continue to engage and support MSc students with thesis in LGBTI health (see the open call here). The theme of mental health for LGBTI population will also come back in this CoP’s activities by hosting another online meeting on lessons learnt/best practices around online tools to prevent/manage mental health for LGBTI in low-resource settings.
Feel free to join our LinkedIn group where the CoP shares knowledge, resources and upcoming events related to LGBTI health.
Members of the Community of Practice are:
Share-Net is a membership network made up of a unique and powerful combination of NGOs and private sector parties, researchers and students, policy makers and practitioners, media outlets and advocates. Through the formation of this Community of Practice, we contribute to, discuss, share, use, and have access to evidence and knowledge-products that are most relevant to the work towards improved SRHR policies and practices of LGBTI population.
We actively want to expand our network and are inviting Share-Net Netherlands members to become part of the LGBTI Health CoP. If you are interested to get in touch with the group, feel free to contact us directly anytime.
For more resources about LGBTI Health, please click here.
If you would like to submit resources on LGBTI Health yourself, you can do so via this submission form. Please make sure to include the original source of the resource in the content box.