Diversity Seminar Series Launches with Talk on Improving Health Care for LGBT Patients

Monday, October 21, 2013 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

EVENT: Diversity Seminar Series Launches with Talk on Improving Health Care for LGBT Patients

Learn about LGBT health care concerns and experiences and gain insight on improving their care from national expert Shane Snowdon, during the October 21 launch of the College of Medicine Office of Diversity & Inclusion Diversity Seminar Series.

DATE/TIME: Monday, October 21, 4 p.m.

LOCATION: DuVal Auditorium, University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, Arizona.

TUCSON, Ariz. - Improving health care for LGBT patients will be the inaugural topic of the University of Arizona College of Medicine and its Office of Diversity & Inclusion Diversity Seminar Series taking place on Monday, October 21 at 4 p.m. in DuVal Auditorium.

National expert, Shane Snowdon, MA, the director of the program on health and aging at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, will speak on LGBT health inequities, anxieties and disparities. Snowdon will share insight into what every health professional should know about LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) patients. She will discuss LGBT concerns with health care and their experiences in accessing health care, along with suggestions for improving health care for LGBT patients.

Students, faculty, staff and representatives of the University of Arizona Health Network are invited to attend the free seminar, where light refreshments will be served.

Snowdon was founding director of the Center for LGBT Health and Equity at the University of California San Francisco, for 14 years the nation’s only LGBT office in a health care or health education setting. She has provided LGBT health training and consulting for hundreds of hospitals, health professional schools, and other health organizations throughout the country, and she has convened numerous LGBT health conferences. She has also written extensively on LGBT health, and served as project adviser for The Joint Commission’s LGBT Field Guide (2011).

In previous work, Snowdon was executive director of a national women’s health group, an urban domestic violence agency, a citywide training program for ex-inmates, and a regional environmental center. She was also editor/publisher of the national publication Sojourner, and has been widely published on LGBT and women’s issues.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, formerly the Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs, is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion in health care and the Diversity Seminar Series is being launched to provide resources and insight into diverse issues in access to and the delivery of health care.