Discussing & Documenting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI)


The Northwest MHTTC is excited to collaborate with the Mountain West AIDS Education & Training Center Program (AETC) on this webinar series related to sexual health. 

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) data collection and documentation are a key component of enhancing meaningful dialogue during clinical encounters and promoting the provision of high-quality care. The collection of SOGI data are a critical step in systematically documenting and addressing health disparities affecting LGBTQIA+ persons. Client-provider discussions about SOGI can facilitate a more accurate assessment of self-reported health and behaviors. Accurate SOGI data collection is a vital part of establishing a good client-provider relationship and conveys competence and humility.

The second session of the series will highlight best practices for obtaining and documenting SOGI data and help build provider skills and confidence in these activities.

Learning Objectives 

  • Define and differentiate sexual orientation, gender, and sex. 
  • Differentiate gender modality, identity, and expression. 
  • Identify how asking questions about sexual orientation, gender, and sex improves healthcare for the patient and explain this value to others. 
  • Describe how stigma operates in healthcare environments and identify strategies to counter stigma. 
  • Utilize affirming language when asking sexual orientation, gender, and sex questions of all patients. 

Part 2 of the Sexual Health Series (click to view all sessions in this series).


Lydia ChwastiakLydia Chwastiak, MD, MPH

Dr. Chwastiak is a psychiatrist, internist and health services researcher who is a Professor in the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  Over the past 22 years, her research has focused on improving care and outcomes for people with complex needs in low resource settings, such as low-barrier primary care clinics and community mental health centers in the US, and primary and secondary medical settings in India and Nepal. Dr. Chwastiak is co-directs the UW Behavioral Research in HIV (BIRCH) Center, an NIMH-funded AIDS Research Center, and is the PI and co-director of the Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (NW MHTTC).

Dayna Morrison, BA, MPH

Dayna K. Morrison, BA, MPH, brings over 20 years of experience working with people living with HIV/AIDS in Oregon and abroad. In her current role as Program Manager for the Oregon AETC and Lead Faculty for SOGI (sexual orientation/gender identity), Ms. Morrison has provided capacity building assistance to health care systems, federally qualified health centers, and clinicians in efforts to build more inclusive healthcare environments. Additionally, she has coordinated the LGBTQ+ Health Coalition of the Columbia-Willamette since 2010 representing LGBTQ+ voices in Health Equity Workgroups through the Oregon Health Authority. Previous professional positions include Director of HIV Services at Quest Center for Integrative Health, and Program Coordinator for the CDC Global AIDS Program.


Rachel Greim

Rachel Greim, MPH

Rachel Greim (she/her) is the Equity Manager with the Oregon AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC), located at the Oregon Primary Care Association. She is originally from southern California and moved to Portland to complete her MPH at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, where she focused on reproductive health, community health, and sexual and gender minority health. In her work at the AETC, she coordinates the biennial 2SLGBTQ+ Meaningful Care Conference and delivers trainings on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) to clinics and other healthcare settings. Her work also supports the Oregon Health Authority’s Office of Equity and Inclusion in implementing SOGI data collection by state-funded programs. In addition to her SOGI work, Rachel coordinates trainings on antiracism and trauma-informed care for HIV care and service providers around the state of Oregon.

Starts: May 29, 2024 12:30 pm
Ends: May 29, 2024 2:00 pm
Registration Deadline
May 29, 2024
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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