Welcome to the Cultural Competency Toolkit

In 2013, the National LGBT Cancer Network received a grant from the New York State Department of Health, AIDS Institute, to create a state of the art LGBTQ Cultural Competency Training Curriculum for healthcare and social services providers.  Expanding on the groundbreaking Re-Examining LGBT Healthcare curriculum that the National LGBT Cancer Network had used to train providers across the country and drawing on the knowledge and experience of over 50 LGBTQ advocacy organizations across New York State, the curriculum is based on the most current research and community wisdom. It also builds upon our earlier work in producing the Best Practices Manual for Creating and Delivering LGBT Cultural Competency for Health and Social Service Agencies.   

The multi media curriculum is designed to be easily customized for a wide range of training needs, lengths and formats. This toolkit contains all the curriculum components and guidance for building appropriate presentations. 

Due to the complexity of the curriculum, it is only available to organizations and individuals who have attended a Train the Trainer workshop. For more information, contact the National LGBT Cancer Network.



The curriculum and toolkit were created by our staff: Liz Margolies, LCSW, Executive Director; Jenna McDavid, Program Manager; and Rej Joo, Evaluation Manager. The slides and toolkit were designed by OhMalley. A project of this size and complexity required the help of many others as well. We particularly wish to thank Carmen Vazquez, Richard Cotroneo, Jack Burkhalter, Tusk & Dagger, Cyclone Pictures, Figments Editorial, Dr. Scout, and Mark Maraj.

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The National LGBT Cancer Network was established in New York City in 2007 to address the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) cancer survivors and those at risk by: Educating the LGBT community about their increased cancer risks and the importance of screening/early detection; Training healthcare providers to offer culturally competent and safe treatment to LGBT people; Advocating for LGBT inclusion in cancer research, media and mainstream cancer organizations; and Supporting LGBT cancer survivors through free online support services.

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