Cultural Humility Is Essential to Excellence

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The Equitas Health Institute is the education and research arm of Equitas Health, focusing on reducing health disparities in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) community. Whether you are a medical or social service provider, higher education institute, or corporate workplace, we can tailor our trainings, assessments, and consulting to meet the needs of your team and those you serve.

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  • Transforming Care Conference 2020

    The Fifth Annual Transforming Care Conference on LGBTQ+ & HIV Health Equity will offer activists, academics, community members, and health & social service professionals the opportunity to come together and share not only research and best practices but practical information like family planning, wellness activities, and health and safety initiatives.

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  • We’re #stillteaching during COVID-19

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    The “new normal” must include affirming healthcare. That’s why we’re now offering all of our workshops and trainings as webinars.   Recently Lead Trainer Ramona Peel conducted a live webinar titled, “Combatting Bias via Cultural Humility: Making Historical Sites More Inclusive for the LGBTQ+ Community,” with AmeriCorps members at the Ohio History Connection. Here’s what one participant had to say: “I am so glad we still had the opportunity to learn how historical sites can combat bias with cultural humility, even though the in-person training had

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  • LGBTQ+ Provider Guide Now Digital!

    The Equitas Health Institute Provider Guide is a listing of Ohio medical and social service providers who offer varying degrees and types of LGBTQ+ affirming care. Now you can search the guide by geographic region on our website! Providers listed in this guide answered “yes” to at least one of the following questions. When searching the guide, you’ll use tthe corresponding symbols to determine the nature of LGBTQ+ affirming services each provider offers. PROVIDER COLOR KEY: Has had LGBTQ-specific cultural competency training. Have you received any

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  • VARIAT Sim App Teaches Empathy

    When Nationwide Children’s Hospital developed the new app, VARIAT Sim (Virtual and Augmented Reality Implicit Association Training), they called on the expertise of the Equitas Health Institute to guide their module addressing implicit biases toward sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) in a healthcare setting. The VARIAT Sim app provides healthcare workers an in-person, onsite perspective to promote empathy and decrease implicit bias. By successfully completing the SOGI module, Medicaid providers will:   Increase their awareness of implicit biases. Learn how biases and social determinants of

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  • “Thank you for the education! I took this workshop because I work with adolescents who identify different from what society has said they should be. I can better serve my consumers because I understand there are differences between sexual identity and sexual orientation.”

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  • “I would take ANY class from Ramona Peel.”

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  • Medical Mutual of Ohio

    “The entire training series was phenomenal. Coming in, I was already confident in my ability to be an ally, but I still learned so, so much. I honestly believe this training should be mandatory for everyone.”

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    “I recommend staff participating in this training more than once: at new hire orientation, and then again after they have spent time on the job.”

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    “Ramona is an incredible speaker – engaging, clear, and thought-provoking. A Friday seminar is a hard slot to take, but she did an amazing job, and I would stay late every Friday to hear more of what she has to say.”

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