Healthcare consumer experiences of women in the LGBTQ+ community


Final part of a four-part LGBT Webinar Series

In this webinar, Adrian Shanker, editor of Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health and executive director of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, will moderate a panel discussion of three healthcare consumers focused on the experiences of LGBTQ+ women in healthcare. Bodies and Barriers was named by Book Riot as one of eleven books that address the bias against women in healthcare and medicine, and this presentation will feature three contributing authors who share their stories and experiences navigating care, accessing health information and resources, and with the social determinants of health - including housing.

Presentation Learning Objectives:

  1. By the conclusion of this webinar, program participants will be able to utilize patient narratives to advocate for LGBTQ+ women in nursing care
  2. Program participants will understand the pervasive challenges that LGBTQ+ women experience when navigating healthcare situations
  3. Program participants will be able to apply promising practices for affirming nursing care for their LGBTQ+ women patients they care for


  • Kat Carrick is a social worker, activist, and educator in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has been a clinical and community social worker across the service line, including grassroots activism, community mental health, foster care, inpatient psychiatric care, private practice, hospice care, domestic violence, trauma, and hospital administration. As part of the core faculty for the LGBT Health Policy & Practice Graduate Certificate Program at George Washington University, she developed Rural Health and Lesbian Health course curriculum, supported program development, and established student scholarships with her grant writing skills. She is adjunct faculty for the School of Social Work at Simmons University and she serves on the Peer Review Committee for the annual conference for GLMA. Her passion is teaching health care professionals how to provide more culturally responsive care to LGBTQ patients. She earned a Doctorate in Social Work and a Doctoral Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality from University of Pittsburgh.

  • Katharine Dalke, MD, MBE is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Penn State and attending psychiatrist at Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, with clinical and academic expertise in the psychiatric care and support of patients with diverse experiences of sex, gender, and sexuality. Dr. Dalke has been appointed to the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs and the Transgender Working Group at the Pennsylvania Department of Health and has been recognized by the community with advocacy awards. She also serves as the director of the Office for Culturally Responsive Education at the Penn State College of Medicine, focusing on training health care professionals to provide excellent, intersectionally aware health care to patients of diverse backgrounds. Dr. Dalke is a graduate of Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, from which she also earned a Masters in Bioethics, completing her psychiatry residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Dr. Imani Woody is the founding director and CEO of Mary’s House for Older Adults, Inc. She has a PhD in Human Services, specializing in nonprofit management. Her thesis is titled Lift Every Voice: A Qualitative Exploration of Ageism and Heterosexism as Experienced by Older African American Lesbian Women and Gay Males When Addressing Social Services Needs. She holds an MA in Human Services from Lincoln University and is a graduate of Georgetown University’s paralegal program. Dr. Woody has been an advocate of women, people of color, and LGBT/SGL issues for more than twenty years and is a member of the National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative and the DC Mayor’s World Health Organization Age-Friendly Cities Commission. She is also the program officer for the Older Adults Advisory Council for Metropolitan Community Churches and a board member of the LGBT Technology Partnership. She lives with her wife of seventeen years in Brookland, Washington, DC.

This webinar series is hosted by the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium, Pennsylvania Action Coalition, and the Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center.


Click HERE to register for the webinar on 12/9 at 2:30pm EST.

December 09, 2020 at 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Virtual Webinar