2015 Come Out for Health Week!

LGBTQ Patient-Provider Panel
Monday, March 23rd at 12pm, J. Harold Harrison Education Commons

We are proud to kick off our FOURTH annual Come Out for Health Week with our signature event, the patient-provider panel. The panel will once again feature a diverse collection of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (LGBTQ) community of the CSRA who will share their experiences as a sexual and gender minority accessing health care.  This year some patients will be recruited from those receiving care at the recently opened Equality Clinic, which will provide an exciting addition to the panel and a great look into what that clinic has meant to the community.  Practicing providers will also be present to share their perspective on caring for LGBT patients and/or being an LGBT-identified health professional.  The goal of the session is to allow attendees to hear directly from patients about why LGBT health should be an important concern and what they can do to best care for their LGBT patients. 

The panel will be held Monday, March 23rd from noon to 1 pm in the J. Harold Harrison Commons in the Hull Family Hall lecture room on the first floor.  We are grateful for the continued support of this event by the MCG Office of Student & Multicultural Affairs at GRU, who will be generously providing lunch for the first 50 attendees.

"Queer and Trans* Mental Health - Affirmation or Liberation?" 
featuring Dr. Anneliese Singh, PhD

Tuesday, March 24th at 12pm, Lee Auditorium

We are proud to welcome Dr. Anneliese Singh as our keynote speaker for Come Out for Health Week 2015. Dr. Singh is an Assistant Professor in the department of Counseling and Human Development Services at the University of Georgia . She also a co-founder of the Trans Resilience Project and the Georgia Safe Schools Commission. Dr. Singh has helped develop the American Psychology Association and the American Counseling Association's current standards of care for the psychotherapy and counseling of trans youth.

The keynote address will be held Tuesday, March 24th from noon to 1 pm in the Lee Auditorium on the GRU Health Sciences Campus. The event is generously co-sponsored by the GRU College of Nursing, who will be providing lunch for the first 50 attendees.

In her Keynote Address, Dr. Singh will discuss:

  • Her experiences as a queer woman in health care
  • Stories from her own clinical practice with queer and trans* patients by incorporating case studies as food for thought
  • How existing mental health disparities among the LGBTQ population translated to the most recent standards of care in clinical psychology and counseling 
  • How to integrate mental health into primary care, including: tips for non-mental health professionals, warning signs for patients with mental health disorders, and what to look for in a mental health professional referral in terms of LGBTQ cultural ompetency

For more information on Dr. Singh, visit the University of Georgia's faculty profiles.

GRU Safe Zone Trainings:
Awareness Level

Wednesday, March 25th, 12-2 or 2-4 (2 possible sessions)           

We are excited that the new GRU Safe Zone Program will hold Awareness Level trainings during CO4H Week for the second year! The GRU Safe Zone Program is part of a national initiative dedicated to training faculty, staff, students and support services at colleges and universities in an effort to create safe and inclusive environments for individuals of all sexual and gender identities. 

The GRU Safe Zone Awareness Trainings will be held on Wednesday, March 25th. The training session from 12-2pm will be held in the Garden Room of the Alumni Center on the GRU Health Sciences Campus, and the training session from 2-4pm will be held in the JSAC Hardy Room on the Summerville Campus. Lunch will be provided from 12-2, and light refreshments will be provided from 2-4. Space is limited. Current GRU or GR Health students, faculty, or employees may register by clicking here. A waiting list will be generated if space fills.

The GRU Safe Zone organized through the GRU Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Safe Zones Advisory Board. GRU Equality applauds the leadership and hard work of the faculty, staff, and students who have dedicated countless hours over the past few years to the development of the GRU Safe Zones Program. 

For more information on GRU Safe Zones, visit: http://www.gru.edu/diversity/safezone.php

LGBTQ Resource Fair

Wednesday, March 25th, 5pm, Lobby of the Health Sciences Building

This year, we are excited to provide this resource fair of local LGBTQ-friendly organizations for our LGBTQ community. 
The resource fair will be held Wednesday, March 25th from 5-7pm in the lobby of the Health Sciences building (the same building as Equality Clinic).

    Organizations who will be in attendance include:

  • GRU Equality
  • Equality Clinic
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta
  • Wake-up trans support group
  • Hawk Law Group
  • Lambda Alliance
  • Georgia Public Health
  • Metropolitan Community Church
  • Safe Zones
  • South Carolina Pride
  • PFLAG Aiken
  • GA Equality
  • TransLove
  • Augusta Pride
  • Ryan White van
  • The Health Initiative

Adolescent Transgender Health Workshop
with Dr. Michelle Forcier, MD 

Thursday, March 26th, Noon, J. Harold Harrison Education Commons          

We are proud to welcome Dr. Michelle Forcier, MD, Associate Professor of Adolescent Medicine at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. In this workshop, Dr. Forcier will be provide an interactive session on how to provide primary care and gender transitioning care to adolescent transgender patients. This session will be applicable to all health care providers and health professions students!

The workshop will be held Thursday, March 26th from noon to 1 pm in the Hull Family Hall of the J. Harold Harrison Education Commons. The event is generously co-sponsored by GRU Equality. Lunch will be provided for the first 40 attendees.

Dr. Forcier provides pediatric and adolescent medical care at the Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital. Dr. Forcier's interests and expertise are in sexual and reproductive health. Forcier provides primary care and consultation services in advanced contraception, including IUD and Implanon insertions; sexually transmitted disease care; menstrual issues; pregnancy options counseling; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health care (primary care and hormones); and general sexual health education and empowerment.

A Night For Equality: 
Drag Show Cabaret and Concert

Friday, March 28th, Sky City downtown

Come out to Sky City Friday evening to celebrate the successful 
end to another wonderful Come Out for Health Week!

Doors open at 8pm
She N She and Pixel Adams perform at 9pm
Drag cabaret at 10:30pm
Open dance floor at 11:30pm

Admission is $7 at the door or $5 with a GRU student ID.