LGBTQA Health Conference

June 14-15, 2017

Who will be speaking?


Day One:

Dr. Rachel Levine, MD is currently Physician General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine.


Her previous posts included: Vice -Chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital-Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.


Dr. Levine graduated from Harvard College in 1979 and the Tulane University School of Medicine in 1983. She completed her training in Pediatrics at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City in 1987 and then did a Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Mt. Sinai from 1987-88. She was in the practice of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at the office of Edward A Davies, MD from 1988-1993 as well as on the faculty of the Mt Sinai School of Medicine. She came to Central Pa. in 1993 as Director of Ambulatory Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the Polyclinic Medical Center. She joined the staff at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center in 1996 as the Director of Pediatric Ambulatory Services and Adolescent Medicine.


Her accomplishments at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center include the initiation of a Division of Adolescent Medicine for the care of complex teens with medical and psychological problems. In addition, she started the Penn State Hershey Eating Disorders Program which offers multidisciplinary treatment for children, adolescents and adults with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. She is the Liaison for the LGBT community for the Office of Diversity at the Penn State College of Medicine.  In that role, she has established a LGBT faculty and staff affinity group and is the facilitator for the LGBT student group.


Dr. Levine taught at the Penn State College of Medicine on topics in adolescent medicine, eating disorders and transgender medicine. In addition, she has lectured nationally and internationally on these topics and has published articles and chapters on the medical management of eating disorders.


Adrian Shanker (He/Him/His) has been an activist, organizer and an advocate for the LGBT community for more than a decade. He serves as Executive Director of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center and previously served as President of Equality Pennsylvania where he led successful campaigns to advance non-discrimination and relationship recognition ordinances in municipalities across Pennsylvania. And before that, he served a three-year term on the Human Relations Commission of the City of Allentown, PA, an agency charged with enforcement of the municipal civil rights law.


Adrian's volunteer service includes serving on the Pennsylvania Department of Health's Office of Health Equity Advisory Board, The ACLU of Pennsylvania's Board of Directors, and Serving as Co-Chair of LGBT Healthlink's Community Advisory Committee. He recently completed his Graduate Certificate for LGBT Health Policy & Practice at The George Washington University and earned his B.A. in Political Science and Religion Studies at Muhlenberg College.


He has received numerous prestigious honors, including the Bar Association of Lehigh County's 'Liberty Bell Award', the City of Allentown's 'Human Relations Award', Anne Frank Center USA's 'Spirit of Anne Frank Award', and GLSEN Hudson Valley's 'Leadership Award'. Lehigh Valley Business named him to their inaugural '40 Under 40' list in 2013. He was named ‘Person of the Year’ by Philadelphia Gay News in 2012 for his success advancing LGBT equality in municipalities across PA and Adrian was one of six LGBT speakers at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington: The National Action to Realize the Dream. He has been featured on CBS Evening News, NPR's All Things Considered, and CQ Weekly.


Dr. Kristen Eckstrand MD, PhD is a co-Founder and past co-Director of the Program for LGBTI Health at Vanderbilt. As a recent medical school graduate, Kristen is now pursuing her residency program in Psychiatry at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Medical Education.


Kristen L. Eckstrand holds her  MD and a PhD in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University. Throughout her career, Dr. Eckstrand has advocated for the needs of LGBT individuals. Dr. Eckstrand has been working on LGBT medical education since 2008 when she initiated curriculum reform at Vanderbilt, which culminated in the foundation of the Vanderbilt Program for LGBTI Health in 2012--the second program in the country housed within an academic medical center.


Dr. Eckstrand is nationally recognized for her work as the founding chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Sex Development, co-editing and authoring the ground-breaking text Implementing Curricular and Institutional Climate Changes to Improve Health Care for Individuals Who Are LGBT, Gender Nonconforming, or Born with DSD: A Resource for Medical Educators. She also serves as the Vice President of Education for the board of directors of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality and as a member of the American Medical Association’s LGBT Advisory Committee.  She has over 50 peer-reviewed publications and presentations related to LGBT health and education, and has been recognized for her commitment to diversity through numerous awards including the 2011 Vanderbilt Levi Watkins Jr. Award, the 2013 American Medical Association’s Foundation in Excellence Leadership Award, the 2013 AMSA/GLMA Health Achievement Award for leadership in LGBT health.


Judy Ochs currently serves as the Director of the PA Department of Health's Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control.  Previously, she has worked as the Director of the Division of Health Risk Reduction and has volunteered her time as a Board Member with the American Heart Association, as a member of the founding Board of the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition, and as the Co-founder of the Lancaster Breast Cancer Network.



Day Two:

Amy Shanahan,, MS, CADC, currently serves as the Clinical Administrator for Addiction Medicine Services at the University of Pittsburgh’s Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinics (WPIC). In this role, she manages facilities under the Addiction Medicine Services (AMS) including prevention & intervention programs, outpatient rehabilitation clinics that specialize in co-occurring disorders and medication assisted treatments.  Amy also serves as the Director of Staff Development for all of the Ambulatory programs of WPIC.  In this role, she manages staff development and training initiatives. She has served on several system-wide workgroups including LGBTQI, Quality Improvement, and a Suicide committee. Prior to her work at WPIC, Amy was a Performance Improvement Director for Pyramid Healthcare, Inc. and served as the Training Director for the Northeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center (NeATTC) at the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions in Pittsburgh, PA. Amy has worked in the addiction treatment field for over 20 years, first as a clinician, and later supervisor and manager in various levels of care. In addition to certification as an Addiction Counselor in the State of Pennsylvania, she earned an undergraduate degree in Human Services – Substance Abuse Counseling from the Empire State College, University of New York, and a Masters of Creative Studies and Change Leadership degree from the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State College.


Ms. Shanahan engages in the training of providers in the treatment field throughout the United States and overseas.  She has participated and facilitated several workshops including training-of-trainers.  She is a Master Trainer for the Addiction Technology Transfer Center’s The Training Point: An Uncommon Learning Exchange for Addictions Trainers and the Clinical Supervision 30 hour training.


Dr. Scout, PhD The Principal consultant at Lincolnwoods Consuilting, Dr. Scout, has written over $110M worth of grants over the last twenty five years. He specializes in securing government funding. He has been a principal investigator and project director for many years. He has firsthand experience in running national projects for private foundations and government agencies. As former faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University's Survey and Evaluation Research Laboratory, he started doing community needs assessments twenty years ago and has a depth of experience in building evaluation plans to complement programmatic activities.


 Dr. Scout has appeared on NPR, The Larry King Live Show, the Melissa Harris Perry Show, and has been interviewed dozens of newspapers. His work has won him recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives, two state governments, and many city governments. Dr. Scout received his Ph.D. from Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He prepares a weekly column on Huffington Post about LGBT health and is a popular public speaker. He is an openly transgender father of three kids, a vegetarian, and a leader in the Rhode Island Hiking Club.

Dr. Scout is the former director of HealthLink (formerly the Network for LGBT Health Equity) at CenterLink, an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at Boston University School of Public Health, and a Huffington Post blogger. He is a frequent public speaker and cultural competency trainer who specializes in tobacco, wellness, transgender health, social determinants, health disparities, and surveillance. As director of the Network, he leds a team that links the wisdom and expertise on health between governmental policymakers and LGBT community leaders (see more on the project blog, Dr. Scout has been doing policy advocacy work for over 10 years. He has cognitively tested surveillance measures and written a series of briefs on LGBT health policy. He is a co-author of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association's Provider Guidelines for LGBT Care and their online LGBT cultural competency training. Dr. Scout was the first recipient of the Community Service Award from the National Coalition for LGBT Health, is CDC's Health Disparity Champion, and most recently the Advocate of the Year for National Youth Pride Services, the black gay youth organization. Dr. Scout is an openly transgender father of three kids, as well as a vegetarian and ardent user of bike share systems across the country.


Joanne Goodall, CRNP, has worked at the Center for Adolescent and Young Adult Health for 23 + years. She primarily sees transgender and gender expansive clients up to the age of 26. She has been providing this service since 2011. She is connected to a large collaborative of gender care providers in Pittsburgh. She is also affiliated with Family Links and was at GLCC and Shuman Center.  She has her BSN from University of Akron (Akron, OH), and her MSN from University of California at San Francisco (San Francisco, CA).


Antoine Douaihy, MD, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine and Director, Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, Senior Academic Director of Addiction Medicine Services and Associate Director of Residency Training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  He is also the Co-Director of the Tobacco Treatments Services at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  He has a well-established record of leadership and expertise in conducting multisite clinical trials having served and serve as a PI, Co-PI and Co-I on many NIAAA; NIMH; NIDA and industry sponsored grants.    He is currently the Principal Investigator for the SAMHSA funded, “Addiction Medicine Services (AMS) SBIRT-Student Training” grant.  He is also the Site Principal Investigator of an industry sponsored trial, “A Phase 3 Study to Evaluate the Safety, Tolerability, and Efficacy of Naltrexone for use in Conjunction with Buprenorphine in Adults with Opioid Use Disorder Prior to First Dose of VIVITROL®.”  He is also the Protocol Principal Investigator for the CTN 0064 protocol, “Assessing Long-term CTN-0049 Outcomes, HCV Prevalence, and Progression along the HCV Care Continuum among HIV/HCV Co-Infected Substance Users in the U.S.”  His areas of research and clinical expertise and interest are substance use disorders (SUDs) and SUDs co-occurring with psychiatric disorders in adult and adolescent populations and psychosocial approaches, particularly motivational interviewing, and pharmacological trials for opioid use disorders, cocaine use disorders, co-occurring disorders, and stimulant use disorders. He is an experienced member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).  He has substantial experience in practicing, supervising and training individuals in the adherent delivery of MI and its adaptations.  His publications focus on substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders/patient recovery guides, MI, psychosocial treatments and pharmacological treatments of substance use disorders, nicotine use disorders and HIV.


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