Public Health and Wellness

FNCE 2018

443. Engaging LGBTQ Clients in Nutritional Counseling Through Cultural Humility

Monday, October 22
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 2 - Intermediate

LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) populations face disproportionate levels of food insecurity, obesity, and eating disorders while simultaneously facing barriers to accessing affirming providers. This session will discuss how identity influences relational dynamics on both an interpersonal and intrapersonal level, and will introduce the concept of Cultural Humility, explaining the difference between acceptance (passive; values-based) and affirmation (active; behavior based). An overview of nutritional health disparities, common referral sources, and stigma-related origins of nutritional pathology will also be provided. Participants will be given concrete examples of how to adapt care environments to be inclusive, as well as a comprehensive example of utilizing a cultural humility framework through adaptation of psychosocial and nutritional assessments. Participants will receive handouts of assessment templates with notes to engage clients using this material.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 1040 - Cultural sensitivity
  • 3020 - Assessment of target groups, populations
  • 6010 - Behavior change theories, techniques

Cara Wood

Cara is an LGBTQ+ Health Specialist working at Trillium Health in Rochester, NY. Following her graduation from Nazareth College of Rochester, she has worked in healthcare in many capacities, including providing music therapy to adolescents in the inpatient eating disorder units as an intern at Golisano Children’s Hospital, and serving as the LGBTQ+ Care Coordinator at Trillium Health in 2014 with a focus on transgender health. Cara is passionate about health equity and client-centered healthcare and now works with her team to create evidence-based educational programming to support Health & Human Services providers in affirming their LGBTQ+ patient populations.

Cara has provided interactive workshops on LGBTQ+ Cultural Humility to thousands of Health & Human Services Providers in the Finger Lakes region, including Planned Parenthood of Western New York, the Rochester Housing Authority, public health departments, The University of Rochester Medical Center, and Rochester Regional Health. Cara serves annually as a content expert for the University Of Rochester School Of Medicine’s Primary Care Clerkship program, helping future doctors to work effectively with LGBTQ+ patient populations. Her work in educating about LGBTQ+ Cultural Humility led Cara to be scouted for conslutation and training by both healthcare organizations and conferences, including the 17th Annual Brockport Diversity Conference. Cara and her team also presented their original theory of applying the Stages of Change to LGBTQ+ Cultural Humility Education at the 2017 Transforming Care Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

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Jessica Cohen, B.S.

Jessica has facilitated trainings about LGBT communities for thirteen years, specializing in the intersection of identity and health outcomes. Previously, she served as the Director of Youth Services at the Gay Alliance in Rochester, NY before joining Trillium Health in 2013. She volunteered on the regional board of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) from 2005-2013, as Board Co-Chair and an Adult Coordinator for GLSEN National Jump-Start Team, during which her work with the regional Youth Coordinator resulted in a visit to the White House’s 2011 LGBT Pride Reception. In 2015, Jessica received awards from the Youth Services Quality Council of Rochester and the Empire State Pride Agenda. She has led trainings and workshops throughout Rochester and the Finger Lakes region. Recently, she presented on stage-based approaches to cultural humility at the 2017 Transforming Care conference and shared a poster presentation, "Family Matters: Building a Youth and Family Support Program for Trans, Gender Expansive, and LGBPQ+ Youth," at SYNChronicity 2018: Then National Conference on HIV, HCV, and LGBT Health. Jessica is passionate about supporting providers in their own stage-based change through evidence-based, harm-reduction frameworks.

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Jessica Cohen, B.S.

Jessica has facilitated trainings about LGBT communities for thirteen years, specializing in the intersection of identity and health outcomes. Previously, she served as the Director of Youth Services at the Gay Alliance in Rochester, NY before joining Trillium Health in 2013. She volunteered on the regional board of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) from 2005-2013, as Board Co-Chair and an Adult Coordinator for GLSEN National Jump-Start Team, during which her work with the regional Youth Coordinator resulted in a visit to the White House’s 2011 LGBT Pride Reception. In 2015, Jessica received awards from the Youth Services Quality Council of Rochester and the Empire State Pride Agenda. She has led trainings and workshops throughout Rochester and the Finger Lakes region. Recently, she presented on stage-based approaches to cultural humility at the 2017 Transforming Care conference and shared a poster presentation, "Family Matters: Building a Youth and Family Support Program for Trans, Gender Expansive, and LGBPQ+ Youth," at SYNChronicity 2018: Then National Conference on HIV, HCV, and LGBT Health. Jessica is passionate about supporting providers in their own stage-based change through evidence-based, harm-reduction frameworks.

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