Developing a curriculum about sexual and LGBT health

Johns Hopkins internship at LebMASH
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The Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual health (LebMASH) is pleased to collaborate with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to provide this Practicum(Internship) opportunity to students with a genuine interest in global health, sexual health, and/or LGBT health.

LebMASH has long hoped to work on an evidence-based curriculum and this plan starts with our collaboration with a prestigious school, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

This opportunity will allow LebMASH to interact with a student from the Masters of Public Health program at JHSPH and provide them with guidance on creating a fixed curriculum that teaches healthcare providers on LGBT health and sexual health.

The project will be launched in December 2015 and will entail the student to be supervised by a board member in conducting a literature synthesis on curricula used across the Globe to teach LGBT health to providers.

The literature synthesis will be followed by a close interaction between the student and key stakeholders,both from the professional medical world and the LGBT activist world in Lebanon, to guide the student on orienting the cultural sensitivity of the curriculum and to get to know better the target audience of such trainings (who can range from medical students to mental health specialists and to providers working in rehab centers as an example).

The final stage of the project, will include writing the culturally sensitive curriculum, under the supervision of one of the board members, and finally presenting it to the board.

LebMASH considers this collaboration to be a great opportunity of sharing experiences and internal growth. We also hope that we will be able to use this curriculum in our future sessions and as a tool to our partners who will be giving these sessions.

This curriculum will also be evaluated through data collection and pre- and post-testing of the target audience. This will only orient LebMASH’s work better in providing training sessions that lead to a tangible change in the knowledge and attitudes of health care providers, with an ultimate goal of advancing health services for the LGBT community in Lebanon.

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