Coming Out to Your Provider
In recognition of National Coming Out Day, the Office of Diversity and Community Relations
and LGBTQIA+ Councils hosted a panel to discuss how to create a space for patients/clients to discuss sexual
orientation and gender identity. The panel, moderated by Joseph Charette, MSEd, LPC, NCC, assistant professor in the department of counseling, featured Tonyka McKinney,
DrPH, William Callahan, DO '12, Maya Leiva, PharmD, BCOP, Jordan Pearce, MA, NCC,
Kailey Brink, LCSW.
Panelists discussed how unconscious biases show up in patient/client relationships
and strategies to create effective change. Example s included starting with small
moments of education with colleagues to create more considerable differences in the
community, front-line staff training, and changing the language on health forms. Panelists
shared their own personal stories as health professionals.