443. Engaging LGBTQ Clients in Nutritional Counseling Through Cultural Humility-001-11-30T00:00:00+00:00

443. Engaging LGBTQ Clients in Nutritional Counseling Through Cultural Humility

Monday, October 22
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: 147 AB
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 141713

LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) populations face disproportionate levels of food insecurity, obesity, and eating disorders while simultaneously facing barriers to accessing affirming providers. This session will discuss how identity influences relational dynamics on both an interpersonal and intrapersonal level, and will introduce the concept of Cultural Humility, explaining the difference between acceptance (passive; values-based) and affirmation (active; behavior based). An overview of nutritional health disparities, common referral sources, and stigma-related origins of nutritional pathology will also be provided. Participants will be given concrete examples of how to adapt care environments to be inclusive, as well as a comprehensive example of utilizing a cultural humility framework through adaptation of psychosocial and nutritional assessments. Participants will receive handouts of assessment templates with notes to engage clients using this material.

Learning Objectives:

  • Adapt current care environments to be inclusive of gender and sexual minority clients.
  • Integrate cultural humility frameworks into psychosocial and nutritional assessments to improve engagement in care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) clients.
  • Implement evidence-based models to remove barriers to retention in care for sexual and gender minority clients.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 1040 – Cultural sensitivity
  • 3020 – Assessment of target groups, populations
  • 6010 – Behavior change theories, techniques

Performance Indicator:

  • 1.3.6 Develops and implements culturally appropriate strategies when delivering service.
  • 12.4.3 Utilizes appropriate behavioral change theories, social marketing, behavior economics and communication strategies in the delivery of nutrition programs.
  • 8.2.4 Imparts knowledge of the importance of physical activity and applies behavior change principles to promote physical activity and decrease inactivity.


  • Cara Wood

  • Session Speaker(s)

  • Jessica Cohen, B.S.

    Trillium Health