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LGBTQIA+ HEALTH & Health Disparities Research Interest Group

Co-Founder & Co-Leader

In 2015, Kasey Jackman (Columbia University) and I co-founded a research interest group (RIG) for folks interested in health and health disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) people through the Eastern Nursing Research Society. 

The mission of the LGBTQIA Health & Health Disparities RIG is to provide a network for nurse scientists at all careers stages interested in LGBTQIA health and health disparities research; share resources, ideas, and experience through peer mentoring; and create a forum that supports the development, conduct, and dissemination of high-quality research that benefits the health of LGBTQIA populations.

We hold monthly meetings (Sept-May) which include discussion, journal clubs, and professional development topics. Since 2020 we have also held monthly writing groups (year round) for writing support and accountability. We also routinely organize symposium on LGBTQIA-related topics for the ENRS annual conference and RIG members routinely collaborate on papers and other project. 


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Advisory Board Member

I love the mission of The Venture Out Project (TVOP)-- to provide: 1) a safe and fun space for queer, trans, and LGBTQ+ people to experience the outdoors and 2) education and support that helps schools and organizations affirm their LGBTQ+ community members-- and jumped at the opportunity to get involved. 

I have been an advisory board member for TVOP since 2015, during which time I have supported the development of grant applications and program evaluation materials.

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Board Member

As a young person, I participated in a group for LGBTQ+ youth that was based on youth-adult collaboration. It saved my life. 

I was elected to the OutMetroWest (OMW) board in May 2022 and am excited to use my personal and professional experiences to support this incredible program focused on helping LGBTQ+ young people thrive. 

OMW started in 2011 based on identified needs in the community (then, they were part of the alliance for gay and lesbian youth "AGLY" network in Massachusetts). Since they, they've continued to be responsive to the community's needs and have added identity specific program, programs for children as young as grade school, and parent support. They have programming in Framingham many days a week and in 5 satellite sites every few months. 

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