Inaugural UA Health Sciences LGBTQ+ Symposium and Community Fair: Inclusive Health Care, Feb. 5

Presented by the University of Arizona Health Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion and sponsored by Banner – University Medicine and Palo Verde Behavioral Health, the free event is open to the public and includes speakers, information about LGBTQ+ community resources and research, and networking opportunities.

TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona Health Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion will present the inaugural UA Health Sciences LGBTQ+ Symposium and Community Fair: Inclusive Health Care, on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is presented by the UA Health Sciences LGBTQ+ Interest Group. Event sponsors are Banner – University Medicine and Palo Verde Behavioral Health.

Free and open to the public, the event will be held at the University of Arizona Cancer Center, Kiewit Auditorium, 1515 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. (Please note: There is a parking fee of $1.50 per hour, cash only, in the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson visitor/patient parking garage.)

Light refreshments and lunch are provided; please RSVP at bit.ly/lgbtq-symposium.

Keynote speakers are Susan Stryker, PhD, UA associate professor, women’s studies, and associate professor, UA Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, and Andrew Cronyn, MD, FAAP, pediatrician, El Rio Health.

Dr. Stryker’s presentation is “What Transpires Now: Transgender in the Trump Era.” An award-winning scholar and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, her historical research, theoretical writing and creative works have helped shape the cultural conversation on transgender topics since the early 1990s. She earned her doctorate in U.S. history from the University of California, Berkeley, and pursued a postdoctoral fellowship in sexuality studies at Stanford University. Dr. Stryker also was the executive director of the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco.

Dr. Cronyn’s presentation is “The Road to Activism: El Rio and LGBTQ Health.” He has been with El Rio Community Health Center in Tucson for seven years and is one of the founding pediatricians for El Rio’s Medical Home for Transgender Youth. He was the quality improvement coordinator for El Rio’s program to improve care for LGBTQ patients and to collect and utilize sexual orientation and gender identity data on all patients. A former UA assistant professor of pediatrics, he currently is serving on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ executive committee for the Section on LGBT Health and Welfare.

The event will showcase LGBTQ+ community resources and research. Free health screenings will be provided from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by Juntos Por La Salud Mobile Health Clinic.

Attendees can participate in any or all sessions, including:

10:00-10:30 a.m.    Susan Stryker, PhD, “What Transpires Now: Transgender in the Trump Era,” Distinguished Keynote Address

10:30-11:00 a.m.    Bea Velazquez, Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, “The Strength in Our Stories: Centering Cultural Resiliency in Health and Prevention Education for LGBTQ Youth and Youth of Color”

11:00-11:30 a.m.    Francisco Moreno, MD, associate vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, UA Health Sciences; professor, Department of Psychiatry, UA College of Medicine – Tucson; senior investigator and engagement lead, UA-Banner Health All of Us Research Program, “The All of Us Research Program and the Promise of Precision Medicine for LGBT Communities”

11:30 a.m.-Noon      Noreen Olsen, Colby Olsen Foundation, “We Are Better Together!”

Noon-12:30 p.m.      Poster Session, Deanna Lewis (Roadmap to Recovery for Survivors of Sexual Assault), Souksavanh T. Keovorabouth (Two Spirit Identity Among Tribal Communities: The Effects of Intergenerational Trauma on Queer Native Young Adult Well-Being)

Noon-12:30 p.m.      Russell Toomey, PhD, associate professor, family studies and human development, UA Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, “SGM Health Disparities and the Importance of Within-group Variability”

12:30-1:00 p.m.      Andrew Cronyn, MD, FAAP, “The Road to Activism: El Rio and LGBTQ Health,” Keynote Address

1:00-1:30 p.m.        Sandy Davenport, Pima Council on Aging, and Lavina Tomer, SeniorPride, “Inclusive Care for LGBTQ+ Older Adults”

1:30-2:00 p.m.        Liane Wong, president, Tucson GLBT Chamber of Commerce, “Who Creates $1.7 trillion to the U.S. Economy?”

2:00-2:30 p.m.        Scott Blades, executive director and founder, Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN), “TIHAN’s Community-Based Response: 25 Years of HIV Support Services”

2:30-3:00 p.m.        Jackie Hunter, DC, MHA, director, diversity and inclusion, Banner Health, “Here for Everyone”

3:00-4:00 p.m.        Community Fair and Networking

Poster sessions can be visited during lunch and the Community Fair and Networking session.

For more information about keynote speakers and breakout sessions, please visit: diversity.uahs.arizona.edu/diversity-connections/lgbtq-interest-group

The event also will be live-streamed at streaming.biocom.arizona.edu/event/?id=28635

To learn more about the UA Health Sciences LGBTQ+ Interest Group, or for information about sponsoring UA Health Sciences LGBTQ+ Interest Group events or to receive information about the group’s events, please email Lydia Kennedy at lkkennedy@email.arizona.edu


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