Fenway, CAP Launch Do Ask Do Tell Online Toolkit

In April, The Fenway Institute and the Center for American Progress (CAP) launched www.doaskdotell.org, an online toolkit to assist health care providers in collecting sexual orientation and gender identity (SO/GI) data in clinical settings and in Electronic Health Records (EHRs).

Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, www.doaskdotell.org describes SO/GI questions and terminology standards that have been shown to work with diverse patient populations served by community health centers in different parts of the United States. The toolkit also describes how to collect these data in EHR systems, how to use these data to support clinical processes, and how to train clinical staff to interact with LGBT patients in ways that are affirming and welcoming.

Additionally, the toolkit describes ongoing federal policy developments related to meaningful use and health information technology, and highlights other resources that health care providers can use to provide culturally competent and affirming care to LGBT patients. The www.doaskdotell.org website is based on the model for collecting data on race, ethnicity, and primary language laid out by the American Hospital Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and their partners in the Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities initiative and in the HRET Disparities Toolkit.

If you would like more information or have questions about the inclusion of SO/GI data in electronic health records, email us at doaskdotell@fenwayhealth.org.

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