lgbt, health equity, training, cultural competency

Trainings and Education

Advancing LGBTQ health equity starts by educating those at the top of our social power structures: the health care systems, services, and employers that our LGBTQ communities rely on. The Center for LGBTQ Health Equity offers a wide variety of training and education programs to help organizations—and the people within them—create successful cultures of inclusion.

Workplace Training

Customized training programs for organizations committed to supporting diversity in the workplace.
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Clinical Training

Clinical rotations in LGBTQ-affirming care for medical and dental students and residents.
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Professional Development

CME/CEU continuing education programs focused on best practices in caring for LGBTQ patient populations.
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Provider Consultations

Individual case consultations for providers serving gender-diverse patients, in partnership with Transline.
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Meet Our Expert Trainers

Learn more about our team of expert trainers, including their experience and specialties.
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Workplace Training

Due to COVID-19, all workplace training programs are currently being offered virtually. Please e-mail or call 410-837-2050 x1049 to learn more.

For organizations, schools, and employers seeking to create a culture of inclusion and reduce LGBTQ social and health inequities, we are here to help. We offer a selection of training programs to choose from, or we can design a customized program that meets your organization’s unique goals and needs.

     Sample Topics

    • Inclusion & Equity
    • Fundamentals of LGBTQ health care 

      What Our Clients Say

      “The Center for LGBTQ Health Equity has provided training to our organization over the past several years. Their training is exceptional and has allowed our staff to grow professionally. I highly recommend their trainings.”

      --Chloe Perez, LCSW-C, LICSW
      President and CEO, Hearts & Homes for Youth

    • LGBTQ social and health inequities
    • Identifying & addressing implicit bias and blindspots
    • Collecting & utilizing sexual orientation/gender identity (SOGI) data
    • Understanding gender identity
    • Gender-affirming health care across the lifespan

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    To learn how to bring an equity and inclusion training program to your team or organization, please e-mail The Center for LGBTQ Health Equity or call us at 410-837-2050 x1049.

    View Our Upcoming Training Schedule and Register Now

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    Clinical Training

    Due to COVID-19 our centers are operating at limited capacity and not allowing students on site. We are not accepting applications for clinical rotations at this time. Please check back in the future as we will reopen the application once our centers return to full operations. Thank you.

    The Center for LGBTQ Health Equity at Chase Brexton Health Care offers coordinated clinical rotations in LGBTQ health to medical and dental residents and students. Gain an elite understanding of the unique health care needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and non-binary patient populations from one of the pioneers and leaders in LGBTQ health care.

    LGBTQ-Focused Learning Approach

    You will learn a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to LGBTQ health, with opportunities to train with specialists in the following areas:

    • Primary care
    • Behavioral health care
    • Gender-affirming care

    Our program balances an emphasis on clinical expertise and cultural competency, giving you the well-rounded skills you need to deliver welcoming, affirming, stigma-free care.

    Program Requirements

    Our clinical training program is highly competitive and receives a large volume of applications each year. Students who wish to be considered must meet the following requirements:

    • Minimum of 80 hours onsite learning for academic credit
    • Minimum of 20 hours onsite learning if not seeking academic credit
    • Resume
    • Interview
    • Background check*
    • Drug screen*
    • Proof of vaccinations*
    • A completed affiliation agreement between your school and Chase Brexton Health Care

    Learn More

    To learn more, please visit Chase Brexton’s Students & Residents page, or contact The Center for LGBTQ Health Equity at 410-837-2050 x1049 or e-mail us now.

    *Chase Brexton is not responsible for coordinating or payment of any onboarding requirements.

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    Professional Development

    Due to COVID-19, all professional development programs are currently being offered virtually. Please e-mail or call 410-837-2050 x1049 for a list of available courses.

    The Center for LGBTQ Health Equity is dedicated to helping health care professionals stay informed of the latest evidence-based best practices in LGBTQ health care. Our accredited professional development courses give you and your team the opportunity to earn CEUs/CMEs/CNEs while advancing your knowledge, improving patient outcomes, and creating an inclusive, stigma-free health care setting.

    Sample Course Topics

    • Identifying & Addressing Implicit Bias
    • Collecting & Utilizing Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity (SOGI) Data
    • Managing Anxiety & Depression for LGBTQ Populations
    • Providing Culturally Appropriate Health Care for LGBTQ Persons of Color
    • Minority Stress: Double Trouble – How Nurses Can Help
    • Best Practices in Gender-Diverse Care
    • Medical Options for Transgender Youth
    • Primary Care for Transgender and Gender-Diverse Adults
    • Surgical Options for Transgender Care
    • Equity: Nursing Care of Gender-Diverse Populations
    • Ethical Considerations for Serving Gender-Diverse Youth and Their Families
    • Ethical Considerations in Affirming Care for Non-Binary Individuals
    • Ethical Considerations for Providing Surgical Readiness Assessments
    • LGBTQ Youth Tobacco Prevention

    Learn More

    For a list of currently available courses, or to learn more about participating in our professional development programs, please e-mail The Center for LGBTQ Health Equity or call us at 410-837-2050 x1049.

    View Our Upcoming Training Schedule and Register Now

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    Provider Consultations

    If you need expert guidance in caring for a transgender, non-binary, or gender-diverse patient or patient community, The Center for LGBTQ Health Equity and Chase Brexton Health Care can help.

    As a volunteer provider with TransLine: Transgender Medical Consultation Service, we provide individualized case consultations and knowledge-sharing for providers across the country. Find answers to a broad range of clinical questions in the TransLine library, or submit your own question to be reviewed and answered by TransLine’s volunteer providers within two business days.

    Visit the TransLine Website to Get Started.

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    Meet Our Expert Trainers 

    Kate Bishop, MSSA (she/her), Education Coordinator at the Center for LGBTQ Health Equity of Chase Brexton, is a seasoned professional development trainer with expertise in working with LGBTQ populations, sexual and reproductive health care, adolescent development, intimate partner violence, and sexual trauma. 

    She is certified as a trainer through GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) as well as SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders). Before joining the Chase Brexton team, she developed the capacity building program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s STAR TRACK Adolescent HIV program, providing cultural responsiveness trainings for agencies that serve sexual minority youth of color. Ms. Bishop holds a Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies from Hiram College and a Masters in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University.

    Deborah Dunn, PAC, MBA (she/her) is a family practice physician assistant and the Trans Health Coordinator of the Center for LGBTQ Health Equity of Chase Brexton Health Care. 

    In addition to graduating from Howard University’s physician assistant program in 1983, she holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins University. In her position at Chase Brexton, she provides leadership and coordination of care for transgender-identified patients, establishes best practices for medical transgender care, trains other medical providers, provides consultation to external organizations on transgender-related issues including employee transition, engages in advocacy at the state level, and identifies research and funding opportunities related to transgender care. She recently served on a national team of expert transgender medical professionals to write guidelines for treating and prescribing medications for adults and adolescents who were transitioning. She also was part of the team that wrote Gender: JOY (Journeys of Youth), a multidisciplinary program written for trans/gender diverse youth, adolescents, and families, which now supports more than 4000 patients. 

    She has presented at numerous national conferences, engaged in strategic planning with several nonprofit organizations, and volunteered throughout the local community. She has completed the courses towards certification for WPATH and was awarded the Physician Assistant of the year 2018 from MAPA (Maryland Academy of Physician Assistants).

    James Griffin (he/him) is a licensed psychologist who has provided therapy to adolescents and adults through the Center for LGBTQ Health Equity of Chase Brexton since July 2019. 

    After earning his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Health Psychology from Fordham University, he completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Psychology at the Medical College of Georgia with emphases in LGBTQ Health and HIV. Dr. Griffin honed his expertise in the ethics of surgical readiness assessments by completing the WPATH Global Education Initiatives Foundations Course (in 2016), in addition to his academic studies and rich clinical training experiences working with transgender and gender expansive individuals and their families. 

    • WPATH Certifications – Completed GEI Foundations Course
    • Publications – Peer-reviewed articles on transgender health published in: Transgender Health, Journal of Traumatic Stress, Psychology & Sexuality 
    • Lectures, Workshops, Presentations 
      • Ethics CE presentation in Gender Affirming Assessment
      • Clinical workshops in providing affirming transgender care delivered to providers, residents/fellows, and students at the Medical College of Georgia
      • Courses and guest lectures in gender and sexuality at Medical College of Georgia & Fordham University
      • National Research Conference Presentations: National LGBTQ Health Conference, Southeastern Psychological Association, American Psychosomatic Society, American College of Physicians.

    Sam McClure serves as the Executive Director of the Center for LGBTQ Health Equity and is a member of the Senior Executive Leadership team at Chase Brexton Health Care. She is a passionate champion of health equity. 

    In her previous role as Senior Vice President of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), McClure led affiliate relations, external affairs, public policy and advocacy, and supplier diversity teams, as well as serving on the organization’s executive leadership team.  

    McClure is a nationally recognized keynote speaker, commentator, panelist, and a subject matter expert on LGBTQ economic development and health equity. An award-winning and transformative strategist, she created the LGBT Business Builder initiative (a collaboration between the NGLCC and the US Small Business Administration) and built local collaboration models in thirteen (13) cities. This program ultimately won a “Bright Idea Award” from Harvard University. In June of 2019, McClure was named one of 48 Legacy Leaders by BEQ Magazine in recognition of her impact in Non-Profit and Community Development. She was included in the Maryland Daily Record’s 2021 Health care “Power 30” list. 

    McClure has a wealth of experience and expertise in the areas of: Team Leadership and Training, Resource and Revenue Development, Program Planning and Development, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Supplier Diversity, Public Policy, Advanced Business Negotiation Skills, Organizational Development, and Entrepreneurship. 

    Elyse Pine is a board certified pediatric endocrinologist and Trans Youth Lead Physician at Chase Brexton Health Care in Maryland.

    She earned her BA in English and Natural Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland OH, and her MD at Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her pediatrics residency training at the Mount Sinai Hospital in NY and moved to the Baltimore area for fellowship training in pediatric endocrinology at Johns Hopkins.

    Dr. Pine began working with gender variant children and adolescents while serving as an assistant professor at University of Maryland Medical Center. Transgender care has been the most interesting, exciting and rewarding part of her clinical practice.