• The project

    Between September 2019 and February 2022, we are implementing an international research, training and awareness raising project entitled Open Doors: Promoting Inclusive and Competent Health Care for LGBTI People. The project is carried out by a partnership of universities and LGBTI organizations from five European countries (Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Spain). The project is supported by a large number of academic and professional organizations.

    Objectives

    The main objectives of the project include:

    • Reducing discrimination against LGBTI people in the field of health;
    • Increasing the number of health professionals providing inclusive and competent healthcare for LGBTI people;
    • Raising awareness among health professionals on the needs of the LGBTI community;
    • Raising awareness in the LGBTI community on discrimination in healthcare;
    • Fostering cooperation between LGBTI NGOs, professional organizations and medical universities.

    The project consists of four key activities:

    Research

    We will carry out research in each project country to better understand the legal and policy environment, to identify existing research data and training initiatives, to gain more data on the knowledge and the attitudes of healthcare professionals, and to map their training needs. The research will use a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods including desk research, interviews and a survey.

    Based on the data gathered in each project country national reports will be prepared. A comparative report will be compiled to summarize the findings from the five countries.

    Publications

    We will compile two publications for health professionals to provide access to scientifically valid information on LGBTI health, to raise awareness among healthcare professionals on the needs of the LGBTI community, and to promote the adoption of good practices.

    The short guide will provide an easy to access summary of the most important information about LGBTI people, their health needs, and practical tips to avoid discrimination and create inclusive clinical spaces.

    The handbook will offer more detailed information about existing research, relevant legislation, and practical tips to avoid discrimination and create inclusive clinical spaces. Annexes will contain sample policies, intake forms and medical history questionnaires.

    Training

    We will offer in person and online training for health professionals in each country based on the Health4LGBTI training methodology. The Health4LGBTI training materials will be translated and adapted to the national contexts. Local training videos will be prepared. E-learning modules will be created based on the Health4LGBTI training programme. In person training will be offered for medical students and professionals. The e-learning course will be made available free of charge for any medical professionals and medical students upon registration.

    Awareness raising

    We will conduct an awareness raising campaign to raise awareness among healthcare professionals on the needs of the LGBTI community; to raise awareness in the LGBTI community on discrimination in the health sphere and what they can do if they& experience discrimination; and to promote the use of the publications and training programs. The campaign videos will be disseminated via social media.