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LGBT+ Competency and Healthcare Disparities
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When: Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Where: Bethesda Hospital
559 N Capitol Blvd
St Paul, MN  55103
United States
Contact: Kim Harris

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Instructors: Phil Duran, JD & Megan Mueller, MPH

CEUs: 2 contact hours

Course Description

Participants will learn the basics of LGBTQ+ competency. The beginning part of the training focuses on the differences between sex assigned at birth, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. We will discuss the difference between trans/cisgender as well as the importance of asking people for their pronouns rather than making assumptions. The Voices of Health Survey is an annual survey done by JustUs Health in Minnesota every year to determine health outcomes for LGBTQ+ Minnesotans. We use this data (as well as other data sources) to determine healthcare disparities and to assess the general health status of the community in our state. We will discuss how different aspects of social inequity can lead to healthcare inequity. Participants will then learn about the generational impact of the AIDS epidemic and the current status of HIV in Minnesota. In summary, we will discuss ways to make our own practices more inclusive, less heteronormative, and ways to keep bias out of the work we do.

Learning Objectives:

1. Learn the difference between sex, sexual orientation, gender, and gender expression (with a specific focus on trans/cisgender communities and the importance of pronouns).
2. Learn about health disparities specific to the LGBT+ community through analyzing Voices of Health data as well as a specific case study on the generational effects of witnessing the AIDS epidemic
3. Learn ways to create a more inclusive space for the community

Registration Information

Who should attend this course: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Students

Registration Prices:
Student Student
$40  $50 $30 $40  $20 $25

Cancellations: Except for medical emergencies, cancellations two weeks before the course will be completely refunded, cancellations one to two weeks before the course will be refunded at the rate of 50%, and cancellations less than a week before the course will not be refunded. 

Questions: Please contact the MNPTA office with any questions at: 651-635-0902 or


Speaker Biographies

Phil Duran, Director of Advocacy, Research and Education, oversees JustUs Health’s public education and research programs, including the recently integrated programs of Rainbow Health Initiative and Training to Serve, ShiftMN, and outreach & prevention teams. As an experienced attorney and civil rights advocate, Phil also assists our legal team with cases in the areas of trans health and human rights.Phil spent 18 years as legal director at OutFront Minnesota. He has been a member of the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission and Transgender Issues Workgroup, and of Governor Mark Dayton’s Task Force on the Prevention of School Bullying. He was a founding board member of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association and served as the first out president of the Minnesota State Bar Association, where he remains a member of its Health Law Section.

Megan Mueller is the Education & Prevention Manager at JustUs Health (formerly the Minnesota AIDS Project, Rainbow Health Initiative, and Training to Serve). She teaches many courses related to HIV, Hepatitis C, STI’s, LGBTQ+ health equity (including older adults), chemical health, and much more. She also manages the Mainline Syringe Exchange as well as an HIV/Hepatitis C outreach and testing team. Megan has her Master’s in Public Health and is passionate about educating to empower
people to make their own changes.

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