HMI's newest department, Advocacy & Capacity Building, was created in response to the need for support of LGBTQ youth at the city, state, and federal levels. Through this department, HMI provides all-inclusive training to corporate and public sector entities, including health officials and community-based organizations seeking guidance in the creation of services for LGBTQ youth.

The Advocacy & Capacity Building department identifies best practices for working with LGBTQ youth in all aspects of their lives and addresses current disparities in existing public programs available to this population. It will help establish safer schools and communities to prevent bullying and victimization, provide Health and Wellness programs geared toward LGBTQ youth - including HIV testing - and offer case management and counseling for LGBTQ youth and their families.

Through the new department, HMI expands its commitment to provide a safe and supportive environment that will allow LGBTQ youth around the world to achieve their full potential.

For more information or  for a list of our current training offerings, contact Lillian Rivera, Director of Advocacy and Capacity Building,

To learn more about HMI's New York State AIDS Institute Center of Expertise designation on Sexual Health and Gender Identity, click here.

Blog posted on the U.S. Department of Human & Health Services' website, click here.