Downloading the toolkit:

The curriculum consists of a deck of powerpoint slides, detailed instructions on how to use them, and supplementary resources. To ensure consistent formatting and ease of use, you can download the slides according to whichever operating system you'll be using (MacOS or PC/Windows).

Due to the complexity of the curriculum, it is only available to organizations and individuals who have attended a Train the Trainer workshop that explains the core curriculum components and our model for improving the LGBT cultural competence of healthcare professionals.

For more information on receiving the required training, please contact the National LGBT Cancer Network. Once you've attended a training, we'll provide you with the password to access online content and download the slides. 

How to use this curriculum

Cultural Competency Trainings can be as varied as the cultures they are helping organizations learn to navigate. Trainings can range from under an hour to a full day and can take place with a handful of individuals or an auditorium full of people. Participants can vary in many ways, including age, staff role, and level of exposure to LGBTQ issues. And the focus of trainings can range from the very basic to highly focused trainings on single issues, such as cancer or HIV.

As a result, one single Cultural Competency Training curriculum cannot serve all needs. A training needs to be developed that can be adapted to fit specific cultural competency needs.

For that reason, this curriculum is presented as a menu of options, organized around the five basic components of most trainings:

  1. Introduction
  2. The basics
  3. Intersectionality
  4. LGBTQ health disparities
  5. Creating a welcoming environment 

Within each unit, information such as approximate time required, goals and activities are included to allow trainers to select the time, material and method that best matches the particular group being trained.

A slide deck is also included for each section. Note that the slide deck within each unit does not need to be used in its entirety and can also be tailored for individual use. Talking points for the slides are included in the notes section for additional guidance. Citations are included in the “notes” section of each slide within the PPT file, serving as reference to participants if a handout is created out of the chosen slide deck.

By using the information in this document and taking into consideration the details of your next training, you should have all you need to build a custom-fit, effective and successful Cultural Competency Training.