GAY & LESBIAN ELDER HOUSING COMMUNITY OUTREACH EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAM
Hollywood, CA, USA.
"As our society continues to age and grow, so does the need to increase the cultural competency, capacity, and awareness of elder service providers as well as both LGBT and HIV/AIDS organizations so that they may appropriately address the specific needs of these highly vulnerable and under-served populations. GLEH offers a Community Outreach Education and Training service component available to the larger community of service providers, who will inevitably be faced with a growing number of older adults who are LGBT and/or living with HIV/AIDS."
Overall access to social and preventive health services is a growing concern among older adults who have a greater risk of suffering from acute and chronic diseases, behavioral health issues and other concerns. For members of the LGBT senior population the issue of access is of even greater concern.
Older LGBT persons traditionally have not been supported or sought support from institutions and social service providers. To counter this GLEH offers the following services to increase the capacity of community providers to prepare them to be better equipped to handle LGBT and HIV/AIDS elders throughout the greater social service, public health, housing and education sectors.
-In-services for agency staff, sensitivity training and cultural competency and capacity building trainings.
-Participation on community panels that speak to the issues relevant to low-income LGBT, HIV/AIDS and vulnerable populations of elders.
-Continuing Education Training for licensed professionals who seek to increase their awareness and knowledge level on best practices, considerations and approaches when dealing with the unique and highly under-served populations of seniors.
-Community education sessions with medical and mental health professionals as well as the planning of and participation in conference workshops that are of particular interest to these populations.
-Participation in a city-wide coalition to support service providers that will further advance the field of aging services and the provision of care, treatment and education for under-served LGBT & HIV/AIDS communities.
Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing provides these community services in a culturally relevant manner employing direct care, social service, housing and educational programs while addressing the issues that are unique to LGBT seniors.
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