On June 5 and 6, 2013, more than 200 students and faculty members from multiple academic health centers nationwide attended the inaugural Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health Workforce Conference, held at Hunter College. The primary goal of the conference was to bring current and future leaders of LGBT health together to share, review and discuss the best and most up-to-date practices for preparing generations of healthcare providers to address the medical concerns of the LGBT community and their loved ones. Although designed for health professionals, educators and students, the conference was open to all interested parties.
"The LGBT community is no longer solely striving to secure a socio-political identity or to control an HIV/AIDS epidemic," said Dr. J.P. Sanchez, co-organizer of the conference and chair of Einstein's LGBT steering committee. "With the advent of new benchmarks on LGBT health put forth by the Institutes of Medicine, Health People 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Joint Commission, efforts need to be made to develop a health workforce competent in addressing LGBT health disparities and inequities. A major goal of this conference was to build that workforce."
A number of individuals associated with Einstein contributed to the development and implementation of the conference, including serving as moderators and workshop speakers. Joining Dr. Sanchez as event speakers were: Dr. Lisa Reeves, assistant professor of general internal medicine; Nilda I. Soto, assistant dean for diversity enhancement; and Dr. Wayne Duffus, an Einstein alumnus (Class of '95) who is associate director for health equity with the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention. In addition, medical students Angelica Angiulli and Sara Milburn, and M.D.-Ph.D. alumnus Dr. Art Jongco (Class of '08) served as moderators during the conference.
Einstein's Hispanic Center, through its Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians Initiative, served as a co-sponsor of the event, in conjunction with CUNY's Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies. The co-sponsors worked in collaboration with a multitude of community members from various other academic health centers, including Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, Weill-Cornell, the University of California at Davis, Icahn School of Medicine and New Jersey Medical School.
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