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Health Equity Training Resources

We’re proud to partner with providers to provide high-quality, culturally appropriate care to all people. Below are continuing education resources and events focused on opportunities to advance health equity.

In May, we recognize Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month, and we celebrate Memorial Day, honoring the contributions and sacrifices of our veterans who served. In June, we celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride Month and Juneteenth, a federal and Oregon state holiday. During this time, we pay homage to the successes of LGBTQIA+ people, Asian American and Pacific Islanders, veterans, and Black Americans, and recognize the injustices they’ve overcome and their ongoing efforts to make the world a safe and welcoming place for every person to be themselves. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are reminded of its impact on everyone’s mental health, as well as the need to reach underserved communities with physical and behavioral healthcare resources. In recognition of our May and June awareness months and holidays, below you’ll find resources related to providing care and support for all of your patients. 

OHA Approved CEU Courses

Cross-Cultural Care in Mental Health and Depression

  • Time: 1 CE credit hour; Tuition: $65; Worth 1 CME/Recredit hours
  • This interactive course will develop your cross-cultural communication skills across all stages of care, including diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing management of individuals with mental health conditions, especially depression.
  • Register here

Creating a Welcome Environment for LGBTQ Individuals

  • Time: 1 CE credit hour; Tuition: $60; Worth 1 CME/Recredit hours
  • This interactive course provides an overview of healthcare concerns and preventative measures specific to the LGBTQ community, laws governing individual rights, and terminology that communicates understanding and sensitivity. 
  • Register here

Introduction to Trans Cultural Competency

  • Time: 1 CE credit Hour; Tuition: $50 for each training; 5/26/22, 6:30-8:30pm on Zoom 
  • This course will help you integrate best practices for providing care to the trans community that avoids making assumptions and allows for the complexity of an individual’s needs; identify ways to correct misgendering transgender people and other microaggressions within healthcare contexts; develop and demonstrate skills in speaking with other healthcare professionals about transgender individuals in ways that emphasize the humanity and dignity of transgender people; and more.
  • Register here

Introduction to Non-Binary and Genderqueer Cultural Competency

  • Time: 1 CE credit Hour; Tuition: $50 for each training; 6/17/22 & 6/23/22
  • This course will help discuss and apply best practices for providing care to non-binary clients; articulate common obstacles that NBGQ people encounter in health care settings; identify ways to reduce or remove these obstacles in their own healthcare work settings; and more.
  • Register here

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month Resources & Events

LGBTQIA+ Pride Month Resources & Events

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month
    The Library of Congress curated resources celebrating June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month. This month-long celebration demonstrates how LGBTQ Americans have strengthened our country, by using their talent and creativity to help create awareness and goodwill.
  • LGBTQ Heritage Theme Study
    A publication of the National Park Foundation, each chapter is written and peer-reviewed by experts in LGBTQ Studies and explores the legacy and history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people and places. 
    Learn about the history of Juneteenth and celebratory traditions across the U.S.
  • PBS: Juneteenth Jamboree
    Each yearly episode explores the history and entertainment of Juneteenth celebrations.
  • Committee on Racial Equity Meeting
    June 16, 2022, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    The Committee on Racial Equity advises the Metro Council and staff on the implementation of the Strategic Plan to Advance Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. CORE typically meets the third Thursday of each month.
  • Portland Pride Waterfront Festival and Parade
    June 18-19, 2022, Tom McCall Waterfront Park
    In-person festival with music, performances and a parade celebrating Pride Month. Sign up for Portland Pride Email List to stay up to date on all festival and parade activities. 
  • Uproar: A Celebration of African America Creativity
    June 19, 2022, 2 p.m., live and streamed at the African Burying Ground Memorial
    This high-energy performance introduces audiences to the unique lineages of the African American art of stepping and demonstrates how enslaved people on American soil used stepping as a vehicle for communication, self-expression, and joy. 
  • Juneteenth Virtual Team Building
    $20-$85 per person
    This engaging experience shares the history of Juneteenth and includes live-streaming visits to Hampton and Austin. 
  • Oregon Statewide Resource List for LGBTQ2SIA+ Youth
    A list by Oregon county that includes resources for events, brochures, workshops and support services
  • Healthcare Equality Index 2022
    The Healthcare Equality Index evaluates healthcare facilities’ policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ patients, visitors and employees. Find local facilities that participate in Health Equity Index, resources for LGBTQ+ patients, and resources for providers who are serving transgender patients.

Trillium supports creating an environment where all patients feel welcome, safe and have access to the care they need. Below are tips derived from the American Medical Association on making an office space a more inclusive environment.

  • Provide visual cues that your practice is a safe place 
  • Customize your patient intake forms
    • Examine the comprehensive Sample New Patient Intake Form that The Fenway Institute recommends for use with LGBTQ patients and see how it compares to what your practice currently uses.
  • Get advice on making your practice LGBTQ-friendly
    • Listen to the Journal of Medical Practice Management podcast “Expanding into the Gay and Lesbian Market: What Savvy Medical Practices Know," an informative, half-hour-long discussion with Ellen Kahn, director of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Family Project. Learn concrete steps you can take right away.
  • Meet a standard of practice



March is Women’s History Month. This year’s theme as set by the National Women’s History Alliance is “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.” It highlights the ways in which women of all cultures serve on the front lines to facilitate healing and hope within their families, communities, the workplace and beyond.

OHA Approved CEU Courses

Working for Diverse Populations in Maternal and Child Health: Shafia Monroe Consulting

  • Time: 6 hours; Cost: Y; MEAC CEUs: 0.6; DONA international CEUs: 6
  • This training is designed to meet the unique needs of health professionals, who work in maternal and child health, in education, direct services, breastfeeding support, and who seek to build a culturally competent practice.
  • Register here

All Pregnant People: Trans Birth for Birthworkers: Collaborate Consulting, LLC

  • Time: 3 hours; Cost: $150; CEUs: 3
  • In this three-hour live online workshop for birth workers, we will be examining the full spectrum of trans fertility, including how to support trans people who haven’t medically transitioned, what the effects are of medical transition on fertility and nursing, postpartum considerations for trans gestational parents... and more!
  • Register here

Women's History Month Events

Local Events

  • Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism Exhibit
    Feb. 19-June 5, 2022, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
    For those interested in celebrating Women’s History Month and learning more about Frida Kahlo’s life, the Portland Art Museum is currently displaying “Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection,” a fascinating exploration of the Avant-Garde cultural movement in Mexico in the early 20th century.
  • HRWGC Crafternoons
    March 4, 12:00-2:00 p.m., Hattie Redmond Women and Gender Center, Corvallis, OR
    Join the Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center for crafting and community. This is a weekly drop-in event, and each week features a different craft.
  • Women's History Month: A Coffee Tasting Social
    March 26, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Either/Or, Portland, OR
    In celebration of Women's History Month, Cup of Excellence invites you to a tasting of coffees produced by five Cup of Excellence-winning women followed by exciting drinks from local women fermenters and Snacks by Either/Or. Ticket proceeds will be donated to Grounds for Health, a nonprofit that works in coffee-growing communities to establish sustainable cervical cancer prevention programs. This event is organized and sponsored by female-owned Roast Magazine, Barista Magazine and Either/Or, with help from Cup of Excellence. You must show your vaccination card to enter and bring a mask.
  • Nursing History Timeline
    To learn more about the major events and milestones that female nurses, in particular, have achieved between the 1800s and 2000s, visit the City of Hillsboro’s Nursing History Timeline. This timeline shows how world events and famous nurses influenced nursing history and paved the way for modern nursing practices.

National Events: Virtual

  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “Great Americans” Medal Posthumous Presentation
    March 30, 3:30 p.m., virtual event
    The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, recognized for her groundbreaking commitment to gender equity and human rights, will posthumously receive the National Museum of American History's signature honor, the “Great Americans” medal. Her children, Jane C. Ginsburg and James S. Ginsburg, will accept the medal on their mother's behalf. A significant selection of artifacts representing the justice's Supreme Court career will be donated by her family during the virtual ceremony.
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts at Home (NMWA @ Home), virtual collection
    The National Museum of Women in the Arts is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women through the arts. Their online collection, NMWA @ Home, features over 200 works of art by women artists searchable by name, time period, medium, and theme. They also have free downloadable coloring books and a virtual scavenger hunt.

In February, we celebrate Black History Month. Each year, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History sets the theme for Black History Month. This year’s theme is “Black Health and Wellness,” which acknowledges the legacy of Black scholars and medical practitioners, as well as birth workers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, healers, and others committed to supporting community health.

OHA Approved CEU Courses

Cultural Competency for Health Professionals: Portland Community College

  • Time: 6 hours; Tuition: $119; Worth 6 Ethics Credit Hours
  • During this 6-hour course, you will learn how to create a culturally inclusive healthcare environment. Working with two long-time leaders in cultural competency and healthcare, you will gain tools and resources to engage people from different backgrounds in conversations about their health care.
  • Register here

Recognizing and Overcoming Unconscious Bias

  • Time: 1 CE Credit Hour; Tuition: $60; Worth 1 CME/Recredit Hours
  • This course provides an essential overview of the research surrounding unconscious bias, its societal prevalence, and negative effects. You will learn important strategies for recognizing and addressing implicit bias, and practice applying these techniques to interactive case scenarios
  • Register here

Black History Month Events

  • Association for the Study of African American Life and History: Black History Month Virtual Festival
    Throughout February, ASALH will host virtual programming celebrating the 2022 Black History Month Theme: “Black Health and Wellness,” including panel discussions, author’s book talks, and more.
  • Black History Month
    The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to Black History Month with a variety of resources and tools.
  • 28 Days of Black History: Free Daily Email Series
    When you subscribe to this daily email series, you will receive emails that include a cultural artifact representing the impact of Black people and culture in U.S. history, action steps to carry this work into tomorrow, and discussion questions to drive conversation and learning.
  • 2022 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival
    Feb. 17–26, 2022
    This festival has been celebrating jazz music and culture in Portland for 19 consecutive years.
  • Cascade Festival of African Films
    Feb. 4-Mar. 5, 2022
    This free film festival shows us Africa through the eyes of Africans. It will be held virtually with a limited number of in-person screenings. 

Did you know Centene offers free webinars for providers on a variety of behavioral health topics, including substance use disorders, social determinants of health and mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder, cultural competence and more?

These webinars are free, scheduled all year-round, and most offer free continuing education hours.

Visit our Behavioral Health Training webpage or bookmark the links below to view the schedule and explore complete course descriptions.

View the complete schedule of Oregon-focused trainings
View the complete schedule of national trainings

Cultural Competency Continuing Education Requirement for Oregon Providers

Effective July 1, 2021, the Oregon Medical Board (OMB) requires cultural competency training for all new medical licenses and for all renewing providers.

To meet the requirement, providers must complete an average of at least one hour of cultural competency education per year during an audit period. An audit period is two renewal cycles (for example, every four years for most licensed providers). To be approved for licensure with the OMB, providers must attest to the training.

Starting in October 2021, per Trillium’s updated policies, providers must demonstrate on initial and renewal application for credentialing that they meet the state requirement by submitting proof of completion of the training in cultural competency.

Many different types of courses and experiences meet the cultural competency continuing education requirement, including experiential or service learning, cultural or linguistic immersion, volunteering in a rural clinic, courses approved by the Oregon Health Authority and more. Below are some resources to help you locate cultural competency continuing education opportunities.

If you have any questions, please email Trillium Provider Relations.