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Request for Proposal - Rainbow Health Ontario: Clinical and Cultural Competency Framework for Health Care for LGBT2SQ Communities

31 Aug 2018 11:23 AM | Jane Watson (Administrator)

Request for Proposal: Development of a Clinical and Cultural Competency Framework for Health Care for LGBT2SQ communities for Rainbow Health Ontario

Closing date and time: Sunday, September 23rd 2018 at 5:00 pm

Rainbow Health Ontario has been delivering face to face trainings on aspects of LGBT2SQ health for 10 years.

We are currently in the early stages of preparing to develop and deliver on-line modules, and then to re-vamp our face-to-face trainings. We are also currently exploring additional means to support health care providers in developing and applying new knowledge and skills. A competency framework will be used to support these, and likely other, initiatives.

For full details, including scope of work and deliverables click here

Project time frame:

  • An interim report outlining findings of a literature review and including a list of sources used is to be completed by January 2nd 2019. \
  • A draft competency framework & action plan is expected to be completed no later than January 31st 2019
  • The final competency framework & action plan will be submitted no later than February 28th 2019.
Responding to the RFP
Responses to the RFP are to be submitted via email. Incomplete responses will not be considered. In response to the RFP, we request the following:
  • A detailed description of previous and relevant work experience in developing competency frameworks, including in online contexts
  • A proposed plan for stakeholder engagement and consultation (both face to face and via distance)
  • Evidence of experience and/or commitment to working with LGBT2SQ communities.
  • A proposed budget, including consultant’s fees, any costs related to hosting consultations and any other anticipated costs.
  • A description of the members of proponent team or group, including roles.
  • Reference names and contact information from previous clients.
RFP Timelines
  • Release Date: Thursday August 30th, 2018
  • Closing date: Sunday September 23rd 2018 at 5:00 pm. Late responses will not be accepted.
  • Interview timeframe: Weeks of October 8th and 15th, 2018
Questions regarding the content of this RFP may be submitted by e-mail to the contact person set out in this RFP. Questions will be answered if received by Friday September 14th at 5 pm. For transparency, Rainbow Health Ontario will release answers to the questions by posting them on our website – We anticipate posting answers to questions and any other updates at least once a week.
Contact information
For inquiries or to submit a proposal, please email:
Devon MacFarlane
Rainbow Health Ontario

About Rainbow Health Ontario
Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO) is a unique, multi-faceted knowledge hub and capacity building program of Sherbourne Health, designed to promote the health and wellness of Ontario’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (trans), Two Spirit, and queer-identified (LGBT2SQ) communities. Ontario’s LGBT2SQ population includes people living in urban, rural, and remote communities, Indigenous people living on and off reserve, racialized people, a significant number of immigrants and newcomers, and people living with dis/Abilities and chronic conditions,. RHO’s goal is to ensure the needs of one million LGBT2SQ Ontarians are included in health policy, planning, service delivery, and research.

Designed to respond to a broad range of stakeholders, RHO has four main areas of focus: practice and organizational change, policy and program development, catalyzing research, and knowledge dissemination.

Proposing consultants / vendors are encouraged to visit our website at

About Sherbourne Health
Sherbourne Health is a leading provider of quality health care and transformative support to people who face social, economic and other systemic barriers. This is done through primary health and chronic disease services; health promotion and education; outreach and social supports; mental health services, and an in-patient program called Acute Respite Care or ARC.

RFP – Rainbow Health Ontario - Development of a Competency Framework 3
Since its creation at Sherbourne in 2008, RHO has endeavoured to improve access to services for LGBT2SQ communities across the province by1:

  • Providing training to service providers about LGBT2SQ health.
  • Providing trans specific training, weekly mentorship calls and consultation.
  • Providing consultations to organizations across the province to develop their capacity.
  • Encouraging, promoting and sharing research.
  • Consulting on public policy issues.
  • Hosting online directories of LGBT2SQ affirming service providers, of current research and a researcher database, and of a range of resources.
  • Being a respected source of evidence-based information and resources.
  • Hosting a biennial LGBT2SQ health conference.
For full details, including scope of work and deliverables click here
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