About the Course

The LGBTQ+ community is a marginalized population that has been subjected to longstanding prejudice, discrimination, and oppression. As a result, this community has experienced inequities in healthcare including palliative, hospice, and end-of-life care. In 2011, the National Academy of Medicine underscored the need to address these healthcare disparities resulting in a strong call for action towards mitigating these gaps through the provision of inclusive and affirming care for the LGBTQ+ community living with serious illness and their families and caregivers.

In this recording of a February 2023 webinar, we go over some hard facts on healthcare disparities impacting this population and discuss guiding principles in shaping the cultural understanding of this community. We conclude by sharing specific inclusive and affirming strategies in the provision of high quality palliative care for this community.  

NOTE: If you are not a social worker wishing to receive continuing education credit, you may watch the recording here rather than signing up for this course. 


  • To describe the epidemiologic landscape and healthcare disparities impacting the LGBTQ+ community
  • To discuss guiding principles in shaping the lens of cultural understanding for this community
  • To provide specific inclusive and affirming palliative care strategies in the care of the LGBTQ+ community living with serious illness


Noelle Marie Javier, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine in New York City. She is a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine Class of 2002. She finished her residency in Internal Medicine at both Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn, New York and Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City, New Jersey. She completed her two-year post-graduate fellowship training in both Geriatric Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in 2009. She then joined the faculty at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island before being recruited by the Mount Sinai Health System. In her current capacity as a clinician, educator, and scholar at Mount Sinai, much of her time is spent conducting inpatient consultative service for both subspecialties as well as assistance with the hospital medicine teams. Apart from her clinical duties, she has had opportunities to conduct research, publish, and present at local, regional, national, and international conferences such as the GLMA Annual Conference, American Geriatrics Society (AGS), the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), and the International Congress in Palliative Care (ICPC). Her areas of scholarly interest include wound care, pain management, medical education, palliative care in the nursing home, rehabilitation in palliative care, pediatric palliative care, and inclusive and affirming geriatric and palliative care for the LGBTQ population.


Completion of this course counts as 1.5 continuing education hours for licensed New York social workers. 

Course participation involves watching a recorded presentation and completing a quiz. You must receive a score of at least 80% to pass the course, but may retake the quiz as needed. A certificate of completion will automatically be issued after completion of the course.

End of Life Choices New York, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0464.