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OUT for Health at TTUHSC

OUT for Health graphic design 2023

As part of National LGBTQ Pride Month, OUT for Health programs will be open to all team members and learners in June. This will include a film screening through the Office of Global Health, a panel discussion on LGBTQ health disparities, and more. Details on specific programs and engagement opportunities are listed below.

 Download the 2023 OUT for Health Zoom Background:

Out for health t-shirt

The OUT for Health Reflection Activity will provide team members and learners with an opportunity to reflect on milestones in LGBTQ+  history and the significance of health institutions in ensuring quality of life for minoritized individuals. This will also serve as the opportunity for team members and learners based outside of Lubbock to receive an OUT for Health t-shirt (while supplies last).

Access e-Journals, book chapters, and electronic books related to LGBTQ health through the TTUHSC Libraries of the Health Sciences by clicking here


QEP Flyer 2023June 7

Global Perspectives Film Series Screening of We Exist: Beyond the Binary 
Hosted by the Office of Global Health
12:00 - 1:00 PM Via Zoom Webinar
Register Here

We Exist offers a firsthand account of what it is like to exist other than male or female while living within the confines of a world that is slow to catch up. Designed with education in mind, We Exist interviews non-binary individuals, activists, and doctors to weigh in on subjects ranging from the gender binary/social constructs, pronouns, access, and safety, while telling the riveting story of Lauren Lubin.




June 12

Prismatic Practice: Creating Visible, Affirmative Care!
Part of TTUHSC's Well Beyond Initiative
12:00 - 1:00 PM Via Zoom Webinar
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Presented by Texas Tech University alums Jaylin Goodloe, Director of Mental Health Services at the Center on Colfax and Dr. Benjamin Finlayson, Assistant Professor of Marriage & Family Therapy at Regis University. 

Health education teaches the fundamental principles of beneficence, nonmaleficence, autonomy, and justice. For our queer clients, however, the experience of these principles in practice may be unclear and inconsistent, leaving this community at increased risk of receiving discriminatory care. During this session, participants will learn the significance of intentional terminology, common issues/risk factors for mental health, and ways to boldly practice radically affirmative care! Participants will end this workshop with self-care strategies and strategies to educate forward. 

June 13

Mental Health Care with the LGBT+ Population
Noon - 1:00 p.m. | Amarillo Campus | SOM Room 4713 & Virtually via Zoom
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LGBTQIA patients experience unique mental health challenges and experience mental illnesses at different rates because of this. Examining the impact of minority stress can help us to better understand these challenges and experiences, allowing us to create safe and affirming spaces for healthcare delivery. In this presentation, we challenge health care practitioners to identify their own knowledge gaps about providing competent and evidenced-based care for LGBTQIA patients, to recognize the need for a trauma-informed approach and to appreciate the substantial impact of having affirming and compassionate care.

Amy Stark, M.D. is board certified in both general and addiction psychiatry. Upon earning her medical degree from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Dr. Stark completed residency in general psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and then completed fellowship training in addiction psychiatry at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. She is currently an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the TTUHSC School of Medicine in Amarillo, where she is also the interim regional department chair and the psychiatry clerkship director.

June 20

Advancing LGBTQIA Healthcare Panel Discussion
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Via Zoom Webinar
Register Here

LGBTQIA individuals continue to experience barriers to care across the nation through a variety of domains. From homophobia and transphobia in structural contexts to a general knowledge gap on culturally competent care for LGBTQIA people, the imperative for healthcare structures promoting health equity is further affirmed. In this facilitated discussion, a panel of distinguished LGBTQIA leaders and allies from across the nation will engage in a dialogue related to the needs of Queer-identified individuals and approaches that institutions can adopt in the advancement of excellent care for all. 

June 27

OUT for Health Lubbock Resource Fair
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Academic Classroom Building First Floor Lobby

Join TTUHSC team members from a variety of departments and organizations at the OUT for Health Resource Fair. This will be an opportunity to learn about the many ways the institution supports a sense of belonging for everyone. The Office of Student Life will offer Tie Dye-versity during the Resource Fair while supplies last. After visiting each table with departmental representatives, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is offering limited edition OUT for Health t-shirts. 

National HIV Testing Day: Free HIV & Syphilis Testing
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Academic Classroom Building | Room 100City of Lubbock Health Department Logo

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. Join the City of Lubbock Health Department to receive a free, rapid HIV test. An option for Syphilis testing will also be made available. This opportunity is intended to educate on the pervasive nature of HIV, AIDS, and Syphilis -- each of which disparately impact LGBTQ+ communities, but are present in heterosexual and cisgender communities as well. 



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