Monday, December 22, 2014

3rd annual Come Out for Health Week activities planned

A provider panel, community resource fair and a workshop on policies and practices will highlight Come Out for Health Week at Georgia Regents University, March 24-28.

The week’s activities are focused on health awareness for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or those who may be questioning their sexuality. Events are being coordinated by GRU Equality, an independent alliance of GRU faculty, staff, and students bettering the campus experience for LGBTQ employees, students, patients, and visitors. Activities are co-sponsored by the GRU Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the College of Nursing, the Medical College of Georgia Office of Student and Multicultural Affairs, and the GRU Lambda Alliance.

Planned events include:

  • A Patient-Provider Panel and Community Resource Fair at noon, Monday, March 24 in Room 1103 of the Hamilton Wing of the Carl T. Sanders Research and Education Building.
  • A lecture, “Diversity vs. Inclusion in Academia and In Practice, from Dr. Laura Hein, an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of South Carolina, at noon, Tuesday, March 25, in Room 1222 of the Health Sciences Building. Hein is a member of the Board of Directors of the Harriet Hancock LGBT Center and of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. Her research focuses on health disparities experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons and the community.
  • A Policies and Practices Workshop on Culturally Competent Care for LGBTQ Patients with representatives from the Atlanta-based Health Initiative, which works to improve the health and wellbeing of Georgia’s LGBTQ community through education, support, access to care, and advocacy. The workshop will begin at noon, Wednesday, March 26, in Room 1809 of the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.
  • A training session for GRU the Safe Zone Program on Thursday, March 27, in the GRU Alumni Center. The Safe Zone Program is part of a national initiative to train faculty, staff, students and support services at colleges and universities in creating safe and inclusive environments for individuals of all sexual and gender identities. Pre-registration for the training session is required.
  • A screening of the documentary “Transgender Tuesdays,” which tells the story of the Tom Waddell Health Center, the first low-cost public health clinic opened specifically for transgender clients. The movie starts at noon, Friday, March 28, in Room 1222 of the Health Sciences Building.

For more information about Come Out for Health Week, visit the event page on Facebook, or call the MCG Office of Student and Multicultural Affairs, 706-721-2522.