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Queer, Trans & Healthy: Challenges and Opportunities in LGBTQ Healthcare

12:00pm, 6-7-2019
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The national healthcare landscape has changed dramatically in recent years and access to basic health insurance has expanded significantly. Despite this trend, LGBTQ people continue to have access to health insurance at much lower rates than their straight counterparts, while experiencing a set of unique health challenges. Join City Club for a conversation with local experts on the health outcomes and experiences of LGBTQ Oregonians, including the areas where Portland has made progress and where there's still work ahead of us. 


Angela Carter, ND, is a primary care provider and co-director of the Equi Institute, serving a large and primarily transgender and queer patient base. Over many years of volunteering with service organizations and being part of the LGBTQI2S community, Dr. Carter developed a keen understanding of the discrimination and health disparities faced by their community. 


Danielle Walsh is a licensed professional counselor. She provides mental health therapy at Prism Health, a program of Cascade AIDS Project, which has a mission of providing comprehensive and compassionate healthcare to LGBTQ+ individuals in a safe, culturally affirming environment.


Erin Waters is a Community Health Navigator for Kaiser Permanente Northwest. Through their Gender Pathways Clinic program, she educates providers both inside and outside of the Kaiser system on how to provide the best care possible to gender and sexual minorities.


Neola Young was raised in Mississippi and has called Oregon home since 2012. Neola's work over the past 15 years led to their current work supporting LGBTQIA people, the barriers they face in healthcare access, and helping providers understand how bias impacts their service as healers. Neola proudly coordinates the Gender & Sexual Health Program at Legacy Health.


Lisa Watson is the deputy director at Our House of Portland, an organization dedicated to providing healthcare and other vital services to low-income people living with HIV, including Esther's Pantry, which was recognized by the Oregon Food Bank as the state's first LGBTQ+ affirming food pantry.


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