LGBTQA Health Conference

June 14-15, 2017

Panel Organizations; moderated by Dave Saunders, Pennsylvania Office of Health Equity


George Washington University LGBT Health Policy and Practice Center

Represented by Kat Carrick, George Washington University LGBT Health Policy and Practice Center & Assistant Professor, Brandman University

GW's LGBT Health Policy & Practice Program is the first practice-focused, interdisciplinary graduate certificate in the nation that trains current and future health care leaders and policy advocates on issues relating to the health and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Administered by the Professional Psychology Program, our innovative certificate addresses challenges resulting from health care disparities and focuses on strategies to move toward a more inclusive, equitable society. The one-year, 12-credit on-campus/online hybrid curriculum includes contemporary topics such as transgender care and marriage equality that cut across psychological, medical, legal and public policy fields.

Our program is designed specifically for those who are, or who will be, working on the front lines. At LGBTHP&P, we're not a think tank, we're a "do" tank. Students come from a variety of backgrounds, including medical and mental health care, social work and education. We provide ample opportunities to meet and study with leaders in policy and practice from the government, academia, nonprofits and the for-profit private sector.


The Northwest Pennsylvania Rural AIDS Alliance

Represented by Sonny Concepcion, High Impact Prevention Coordinator

The Northwest Pennsylvania Rural AIDS Alliance, or NW Alliance, serves people living with HIV or those co-infected with HIV and the Hepatitis C Virus. We work in unison with the communities of northwest PA to improve and protect the health of those struggling against HIV/AIDS. 

PA Department of Health, Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control

Represented by Judy Ochs, Director of Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control

Pennsylvania has set out to implement the first statewide comprehensive tobacco-use prevention program. Some of the state-level initiatives include a telephone quitline, efforts to counter tobacco marketing, surveillance of tobacco sales to minors, promotion of clinical-practice guidelines for assessment and treatment of tobacco addiction and program evaluation. Click here to view Pennsylvania's Strategic Plan for a Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program.      The Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control partners with National Jewish Health to provide the PA Free Quitline and smoking cessation services to all Pennsylvanians 24 hours per day / seven days per week PA Free Quitline

1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669)                    

1-855-DEJELO-YA (335-3569)

PA Department of Health, Office of Health Equity

Represented by Dave Saunders, Director of the Office of Health Equity

The Office of Health Equity (OHE) was formally integrated into the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) through an executive order signed in May 2007.  Located within the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Department, the OHE Director reports to the Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (Loren Robinson, MD).

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “health is a state of complete physical, social and mental well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”  Health is a fundamental human right and an essential component of economic development, vital to a nation's economic growth and internal stability.”  As the sixth largest state in America, Pennsylvania is integral to the success of the nation. There is an economic and moral imperative to do all we can to improve the lives of all Commonwealth residents, whether they live in poor rural or urban communities.

 The role of the OHE is to: 1. Provide leadership to increase public awareness of health disparities in Pennsylvania. 2. Advocate for the development of programs to address health disparities.3. Work with policy makers, insurers, health care providers and communities to implement policies and programs that result in a measurable and sustained improvement in health status of underserved and disparate populations. 4. Collaborate with state agencies, academic institutions, community based organizations, health partners, providers and others in the public and private sectors to eliminate health disparities in Pennsylvania.


Represented by Betty Hill, Executive Director

PERSAD CENTER is a human service organization whose mission is to improve the well-being of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning) communities, and the HIV/AIDS communities. We serve our target populations and their loved ones, cradle to grave, across western Pennsylvania, with service centers in Pittsburgh, Washington and Erie Pennsylvania.


Project Silk

Represented by Michael Brookings, Peer Navigator

Project Silk is an innovative program directed towards black and latino young men who have sex with men (YMSM) and young transgender individuals (YTG) 13-29 years old, and their varied sexual partners, in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area. The project consists of:1. Providing a safe space for young men and transgender women
2. Linking people to: Medical care, Housing and shelter, Mental health and substance use counseling, Educational assistance, Job readiness assistance, Dental care, Hormone treatment, Legal services, Leadership training 3. Providing space for artistic expression and 4. Support for young men and transgender women of color in the pursuit of their authentic selves

Washington County Gay Straight Alliance

Represented by Maryann Patterson, Board Member

The Washington County Gay Straight Alliance, Inc. is a 501 (C) (3) Organization that facilitates and provides resources for a peer group of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Questioning, Queer, Asexual, and Allied (LGBTQA) youth. The organization also hosts  2nd Friday Nights Potluck, a monthly social gathering for the LGBTQA community of all ages.  It is an unfortunate reality that in small towns and rural areas like Washington County there are not as many social opportunities or healthy lifestyle resources available to our youth and the LGBTQA population in general. The WCGSA provides some of these opportunities and is evolving to meet the growing need to do more.



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