LGBTQ+ Health Community

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The purpose of the LGBTQ+ Health Community is to bring together Sigma members who are interested in having discussions and sharing knowledge around LGBTQ+ Health in nursing. After you have joined this group, please introduce yourself in the discussion forum.
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  • 1.  Welcome to the LGBTQ+ Health Community! Introduce yourself

    Posted 17 days ago
    Hello Sigma Members! Thanks for being a part of Sigma's LGBTQ+ Health  community, and for contributing to the important discussions taking place.

    I'd like to introduce you to the group's facilitators who will ensure there is a regular conversation for you to participate in regarding LGBTQ+ health care in nursing:

    @Erik McIntosh
    is a Nurse Practitioner at Rush University Medical Center in the Department of Hospital Medicine and is an Assistant Professor at the Rush University College of Nursing. Dr. McIntosh is a graduate of Rush University's DNP program Transformative Leadership: Population Health, where he focused on LGBTQ health and health provider education, and is a graduate of  George Washington University's post-graduate certificate program in LGBTQ Health Policy and Practice. 

    @Katie Fasullo is a board certified gerontological nurse with her Doctor of Nursing Practice in Advanced Public Health Nursing from Rush University College of Nursing. Dr. Fasullo is passionate about the health and wellness of LGBTQ older adults and serves as the Corporate Director of Population Health and Health Equity at Chicago Methodist Senior Services, where she is focused on creating an environment for older adults where inclusion and support of LGBTQ individuals is the gold standard


    Now, tell us about you! If you are new to this community, take a few moments to introduce yourself. Tell your fellow Sigma members more about you and your interest in LGBTQ+ care. (You can reply to this thread directly from your email, or navigate to the thread in the community and select the "reply" button.)

    Thanks for your continued participation in this community! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out. Access this list to view other topic based communities you can join. 

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    If you're interested in serving as a volunteer Community of Interest facilitator, view the Sigma Volunteer Opportunities page for available opportunities.  ​​​​​​​​
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    Toiya Lister
    Constituent Communications and Training Specialist
    Indianapolis IN
    United States
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  • 2.  RE: Welcome to the LGBTQ+ Health Community! Introduce yourself

    Posted 10 days ago
    Good morning!

    My name is Alex Kemery (he/him/his or they/them/theirs). I'm queer and trans, and I am an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Indianapolis. I completed a PhD from the Catholic University of America with a dissertation focus on LGBTQ+ end of life. Currently, I am in the final year of a post-master's Adult Gerontology Primary Health Nurse Practitioner program, and will be doubling back to complete the requirements for a Family Nurse Practitioner degree next summer. 


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    S. Alexander Kemery
    President, Lambda Epsilon
    Fishers, IN
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  • 3.  RE: Welcome to the LGBTQ+ Health Community! Introduce yourself

    Posted 3 days ago
    Hi Alex! You are one busy person! Congrats on your Ph.D. and working towards your dual certification! Your perspective on LGBTQ+ health will be vital to this community, and thank you for joining! I'm looking forward to your contribution and the discussion that this forum will bring forth!

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    Erik McIntosh, DNP, RN
    Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    Chicago, IL
    U.S.A
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  • 4.  RE: Welcome to the LGBTQ+ Health Community! Introduce yourself

    Posted 9 days ago
    Hello Everyone, 

    I am Carissa Lawrence (she/hers/her) a certified nurse midwife and women's health NP but also a 3rd year PhD student (haha, that's a mouthful!).  I am passionate about LGBTQ health.  My dissertation will focus on transgender men and psychological distress around reproductive decision making.  I am excited about this part of my journey and open to resources, guidance, articles, support; anything people are willing to offer in this group. It is terribly hot these days, stay cool and hydrated.

    Regards,
    Carissa

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    Carissa Lawrence MSN,CNM,WHNP
    Baltimore MD
    United States
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  • 5.  RE: Welcome to the LGBTQ+ Health Community! Introduce yourself

    Posted 3 days ago
    Hi Carissa! Thank you for joining the community and for your passion for LGBTQ+ health! Your dissertation topic is timely as the uncertainty of not only LGBTQ+ health but also reproductive health seems to be in turmoil. I look forward to hearing your perspective and hope this community supports you in your work.

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    Erik McIntosh, DNP, RN
    Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    Chicago, IL
    U.S.A
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  • 6.  RE: Welcome to the LGBTQ+ Health Community! Introduce yourself

    Posted 6 days ago
    Hello from Ohio!

    My name is Lisa Dugan-Manor (she/her/hers), and I just finished my MSN with a focus on Nursing Education with Chamberlain University. I came to nursing later in life (though it had always been my intended career path, I got sidelined by marrying and having kids in my twenties), after a sixteen year career in Information Technology working for a locally based financial institution. Interestingly, I always assumed I would pursue midwifery, having spent many years as a doula. However, every single project I did in school focused on the LGBTQ+ community, and improving access and removing barriers for this (and other) marginalized communities has become my driving passion. I changed tracks in the MSN program several times trying to find the best fit for me, and decided I could make the most impact by working to improve education about LGBTQ+ health issues for nurses at the bedside, since research has shown most nurses receive 2.5 hours of instruction on LGBTQ+ health topics or less in nursing school (of course, I'd also like to work to improve that statistic, my family is taking bets how long till I start working on a PhD). 

    I currently work as an RN Case Manager for inpatient discharge planning at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. I worked at UCMC as my first job out of nursing school on the general med-surg unit, with a one year detour to labor and delivery and then back to med-surg, where I was regularly charge nurse and precepted a co-op student from the University of Cincinnati's BSN program before taking a position at Equitas Health (a welcoming PCMH and FQHC that specializes on gender-affirming care and HIV/AIDs and STI prevention and treatment) as Nurse Manager and RN Care Coordinator. Equitas Health is based in Columbus Ohio, and we opened the Cincinnati clinic on the very day Ohio shut down for the pandemic, March 23, 2020. Talk about a trial by fire! I am extremely proud of the work we did to improve access to care for our community, and only moved on due to the need to focus on finishing my degree (and stop working 50+ hours a week). I'm still figuring out my next steps, and am enjoying a break from homework and spending time with my family. I'm hoping to visit my children in Seattle and their families (who moved from Ohio to Seattle because it's a more welcoming state for the gender and sexually diverse) next month! 

    I look forward to sharing information and networking with everyone! 

    Lisa

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    Lisa Dugan-Manor MSN
    RN Case Manager
    CINCINNATI OH
    United States
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  • 7.  RE: Welcome to the LGBTQ+ Health Community! Introduce yourself

    Posted 6 days ago
    Reference (for the statistic above, sorry meant to include in the original message)
    Pratt-Chapman M. L. (2020). Implementation of sexual and gender minority health curricula in health care professional schools: A qualitative study. BMC medical
         education
    20(1), 138. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-020-02045-0


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    Lisa Dugan-Manor MSN
    RN Case Manager
    CINCINNATI OH
    United States
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  • 8.  RE: Welcome to the LGBTQ+ Health Community! Introduce yourself

    Posted 3 days ago
    Hi Lisa, and welcome to the community! Thank you for your commitment and work with the LGBTQ+ population! I, too, come from an adult inpatient world, working as both a med-surg and ICU nurse and now as an NP in a hospitalist role. Provider education regarding LGBTQ+ health in the inpatient side is so important. Looking forward to your contributions, and thank you for joining!

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    Erik McIntosh, DNP, RN
    Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    Chicago, IL
    U.S.A
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  • 9.  RE: Welcome to the LGBTQ+ Health Community! Introduce yourself

    Posted 3 days ago
    Hi everyone
    My name is Judith Cornelius (she, her, hers) and I am a doctoral-prepared nurse educator/researcher at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I obtained my Ph.D. from Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago. I have family members who identify with this population and have been concerned with their quality of health care. I have published research on African American transgender women's HIV prevention needs and nursing students' knowledge and attitudes toward LGBT+ health care. I developed a survey on this topic, which has been disseminated widely. Right now, I am involved with a 6 country study examining nursing students' knowledge and attitudes on this topic. I am a member of the American Academy of Nursing LGBT+ Expert Panel. I look forward to meeting everyone in this group.
    Judy

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    Judith Cornelius
    Charlotte NC
    United States
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  • 10.  RE: Welcome to the LGBTQ+ Health Community! Introduce yourself

    Posted 2 days ago
    Very excited to have you join the group, Dr. Cornelius! Rush University is my graduate and teaching home, so nice to connect with a Rush alumnus!

    I would love for you to contribute your research to our library. Trans women of color have the highest health and social disparities among the LGBTQ+ community, so your expertise and insight will bring much value. 

    Looking forward to your participation.

    Erik


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    Erik McIntosh, DNP, RN
    Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    Chicago, IL
    U.S.A
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