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Filling the void in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) leadership training: Highlights from the first annual Q-forward (formerly Q-Med) conference

Michael T. Solotke (Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA)
Andrea Barbieri (Department of Pathology, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA)
Darin Latimore (Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA)
John Encandela (Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA)

Leadership in Health Services

ISSN: 1751-1879

Article publication date: 7 April 2020

Issue publication date: 23 April 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

Leadership training refers to the process of helping individuals develop skills to successfully perform in leadership positions. Existing leadership programs have several drawbacks, including the paucity of leadership programs designed for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) individuals in health care. The authors addressed this gap by creating and hosting Q-Forward (formerly Q-Med), the first conference focused specifically on leadership development for LGBTQ+ health trainees.

Design/methodology/approach

In this paper, the authors explain how a conference focused on leadership development for LGBTQ+ health trainees can have benefits for trainees, patients and the health-care system. The authors also report the conference proceedings, including planning, participants, guiding principles and programming.

Originality/value

This conference was the first conference for LGBTQ+ health trainees focused specifically on leadership training. The authors believe that the conference was unique, and that such training represents an essential step toward long-term improvements in the health of LGBTQ+ people and other populations.

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Citation

Solotke, M.T., Barbieri, A., Latimore, D. and Encandela, J. (2020), "Filling the void in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) leadership training: Highlights from the first annual Q-forward (formerly Q-Med) conference", Leadership in Health Services, Vol. 33 No. 2, pp. 113-124. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHS-09-2019-0062

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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