We aim to connect our patients and families to health education and resources to help ensure continuity of care. We recommend the following resources:
Boston Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnership Program
Boston Children’s Hospital’s Neighborhood Partnership Program (BCHNP), part of our Department of Psychiatry, is a community mental health program that places social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists in schools and community health centers throughout Boston to provide behavioral health services to children and adolescents. The program provides education and support to students, families and staff around concerns such as depression and suicide, bullying and sexuality.
The Center for Young Women’s Health
The Center for Young Women’s Health, in collaboration with the Division of Adolescent Medicine and the Division of Gynecology, is an educational center that provides teen girls and young women with carefully researched health information, health education programs and conferences. The website offers timely articles, blogs and interactive features. Topics addressed on the site include:
The Center for Young Men’s Health
The Center for Young Men’s Health provides carefully researched health information to teenage boys and young men to help them improve their understanding of normal health and development, as well as of specific diseases and conditions. The goal is to empower teen boys and young men to take an active role in their own health care. Topics addressed on the website include:
Center on Media and Child Health
Ongoing research is also being done through the Center on Media and Child Health, which is dedicated to understanding and responding to the effects of media on the physical, mental and social health of children through research, production and education. The Center communicates about such topics as:
Disclaimer: These are resources collected by members of the Rainbow Consortium. They have not been independently reviewed and/or confirmed by Boston Children’s. This information is for educational purposes only and not an endorsement of any program or survey by Boston Children’s or any member of the Rainbow Consortium.
Our hospital is committed to ensuring that all LGBTQ patients, families and staff work, visit and receive care in an LGBTQ affirming environment. We offer single stall bathrooms in many of our locations for the comfort of all of our visitors. Click here to learn where our single stall bathrooms are located.
Equality in Our Workplace
At Boston Children’s, we embrace our diversity not only to deliver the best care, but also to make the hospital a better place to work. We embrace the diversity of LGBTQ employees in many ways, from hosting monthly LGBTQ resource group meetings to offering trainings specific to LGBTQ health care. We also offer opportunities for our staff to participate in social events, such as the annual LGBTQ and Friends Celebration and annual Boston Pride Parade.
- LGBTQ & Friends Group: LGBTQ & Friends is representative of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer staff and employees at Boston Children’s— and for their friends and allies. The group meets monthly on Boston Children’s Longwood campus and encourages satellite staff to attend virtually. For more information, email Todd Katzman or Jim Smith.
- SOGIE Working Group: The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) working group, based at Boston Children’s and the Harvard School of Public Health, brings together experts from diverse disciplines whose work focuses on the intersections of sexual orientation, gender and health. Biweekly meetings provide a space for members to discuss, critique and develop research, advocacy and public health projects focused on promoting health equity among gender and sexual minority groups.
Surveying Our Culture
We conduct “climate surveys” to better understand the experiences of LGBTQ patients, families and employees at Boston Children’s. This anonymous survey helps us evaluate our work climate, including factors such as nondiscrimination policies and employees’ comfort levels working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients, families and coworkers. A section of the survey solicits feedback from staff who identify as LGBTQ to assess what kinds of problems they may encounter at work.
Safe Zone Workshops
Staff from across Boston Children’s have facilitated trainings to promote equitable and inclusive care for our LGBTQ patients, families and employees. Facilitators have donated their time to bring the training, called Safe Zone, to staff at the hospital. The overarching aim of these trainings is to expose staff to concepts and terms that will increase their ability to respond to LGBTQ patients and colleagues with respect and sensitivity. The 1-2 hours staff training includes:
- A discussion of respectful vocabulary and terms
- A discussion of differences between sex, gender, and sexuality
- Department-specific clinical and non-clinical scenarios
- Opportunity for questions and answers
- Learning about local and national resources
- The Safe Zone committee (firstname.lastname@example.org) also provides ongoing support and resources for employees wanting to learn more about the LGBTQ community.