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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. 


Legacy Planning Committee

I have been a member of Sigma since I was inducted in 2008 during my undergraduate nursing program. While in my PhD program, I became active in my (then) local chapter: Beta-Zeta-at-Large. 

I have been serving as an elected member of the Legacy Planning Committee since June 2020, during which time we have developed a mentoring program that was launched in August 2021.


The Venture Out Project

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.