Caring for the LGBTQIA+ Patient in Primary Care

The LGBTQIA+ population has evolved over the past several years to include other gender non-conforming and gender minority populations. The individual needs of each population within this acronym vary and as a result need to have specialized, focused care in order to meet their healthcare needs. These gender and sexual minorities still encounter issues concerning sexuality, identity, gender, and freedom of expression with their healthcare providers. It is a well-documented fact that the majority of healthcare providers today have not been properly educated on how to care for this population therefore, the specific needs pertaining to each individual group represented in this acronym go largely ignored. This session will focus on how to approach the care of LGBTQIA+ patients and address their specific needs in an effort to promote patient-centered care.

Credits: 1.50 contact hours; 0.25 are pharmacology

Learning Objectives

After taking part in this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

  1. Describe the appropriate language used when caring for the diverse and sexual minority patient populations.
  2. Understand organizational policies and how to create a safe environment for gender minorities
  3. Provide appropriate care to the individual populations within the LGBTQIA+ acronym
  4. Create appropriate, affirming, and welcome patient intake forms

Vanessa Pomarico, Ed.D, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP

Lead Clinician, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Northeast Medical Group

Senior Faculty, Fitzgerald Health Education Associates

Dr. Vanessa Pomarico-Denino is a Senior lecturer for Fitzgerald Health Education Associates (FHEA) and is employed by Northeast Medical Group (NEMG) in Hamden, CT. An author, educator, volunteer and nursing leader, she is the lead clinician for the Diversity and Inclusion committee and is the system-wide trainer for NEMG on LGBTQIA+ healthcare. She has been an NP for 23 years and has a large LGBTQIA+ practice. Vanessa is a past Co-Chair of Health Policy and Past President of the CT APRN Society. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Health Equity, Diversion and Inclusion Specialty Interest Group that offers unique networking opportunities with NP colleagues with shared interests to help create an inclusive culture, education about racial biases, advocacy for changes that reduce health disparities and promote equity.


Obtain Your Credits

To earn credits for this activity, navigate to the Contents tab and complete all course components in the following order: 1) watch the course presentation video; 2) complete the course evaluation; 3) pass the post-test with a score of 2/3 (66.7%) or higher. You may retake the post-test until a passing score is achieved, at which point you will be able to view/print a copy of your certificate of completion. This online certificate will also be saved within your profile 'My Dashboard' -> 'Transcript/Certificates Earned'  for future access.

Designation Statement

NPACE designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.50 contact hours, of which 0.25 is pharmacology credit. Participants should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation Statement

Nurse Practitioner Associates for Continuing Education (NPACE) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

In addition to ANCC, NPACE is approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by: the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP8720 and Florida CE Broker #50-1476.



Contributing faculty, Vanessa Pomarico, Ed.D, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP, have disclosed no relevant financial relationship.


All planners and contributors involved in this educational activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships. 


The material presented in this continuing education program is being made available for educational purposes only and is not intended to represent the best or only methods, medications and/or guidelines appropriate for the medical situation discussed. Rather the material is intended to present an approach, view, statement, or opinion of the presenter(s), which may be helpful, or of interest to other practitioners and should not be used by clinicians without the evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. NPACE disclaims any liability, loss, injury, or damage incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any information given in a presentation.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may mention the uses of products that are not approved by the FDA for the indication(s) being discussed. The presenter(s) are instructed to notify participants when they are discussing unapproved uses or investigational agents. The opinions related to unapproved uses of products are solely those of the presenter(s) and are not endorsed or recommended by NPACE. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Commercial Support

There is no commercial support for this activity.


3 Questions  |  1 attempt  |  0/3 points to pass
3 Questions  |  1 attempt  |  0/3 points to pass Please complete this pre-test prior to watching the presentation video - Simply click the 'Take Quiz' button. This pre-test is a non-graded assessment tool we use to establish a baseline and determine a participant's pre-existing knowledge.
Presentation Video
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Course Evaluation
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3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  2/3 points to pass
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  2/3 points to pass Click 'Take Quiz' to begin. Pass this 3 question post-test with a score of 2/3 (66.7%) or higher. You may retake the post-test until a passing score is achieved, at which point you will be able to view/print a copy of your certificate.
1.50 Contact Hours credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 Contact Hours credits  |  Certificate available You can now view/print a copy of your certificate of completion by clicking the button to the right. This online certificate will also be saved within your 'My Dashboard' --> 'Transcript/Certificates Earned' for future access.