Nurses for Health Equity Leadership Cohort - Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

Healthy People 2020 defines ‘health equity’ as the “attainment of the highest levels of health for all people.” The LGBT community lacks health equity due in part to numerous barriers to care from the health care systems. Nurses are on the front-line of health care and have a significant role to play in the elimination of health disparities, however LGBT health is not always prioritized in nursing educational environments, and LGBT nurses are not often developed into key community leaders where they can have the ability to impact broader change. 

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is offering a second leadership cohort of Nurses for Health Equity!

This program is funded with a grant from the Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association Promise of Nursing for Pennsylvania

The cohort will meet on May 23, June 20, and July 11, 2020 from 10am until 3pm each day and will feature trainings by experts in various aspects of health equity and nurse leadership. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at each session. Through this program, nurses will develop content expertise in LGBT health disparities and barriers to care, understand promising practices for nurses to improve care for the LGBT patient population, and develop leadership skills appropriate for non-profit or government board service. In order to achieve a participatory learning experience, the cohort is limited to ten participants

In the previous cohort, the topics faculty presented on included:

  • pediatric care for LGBT patients
  • intersectionality and unique health challenges for black LGBT patients
  • addiction and recovery in the LGBT community
  • tobacco and cancer disparities and barriers to care in the LGBT community
  • LGBT health disparities in Pennsylvania
  • how to be considered for a nomination to a government board
  • duties and responsibilities of non-profit board members
  • grassroots fundraising for non-profit board members

Cost to participate: Each participant is responsible for a $225 non-refundable program registration fee (upon acceptance to the program). Breakfast and lunch and all reading materials are included. For nurses who live more than 75 miles from Allentown, PA may qualify for a travel stipend to cover hotel expenses. The program registration fee may either be paid by the program participant or their employer.

Eligibility: We are seeking cohort members who are BSN, MSN, CRNP as well as motivated and ambitious nursing students. LPN's and CNA's will be considered if they are planning to pursue their RN in the near future. Program participants should live or work in Pennsylvania. Participants must be available on all three cohort meeting days in order to participate.

How to apply: Applications will be accepted through February 15th and decisions will be made by February 28th. Please send a resume, letter of interest, and one professional or academic nursing reference in one PDF document to katie@bradburysullivancenter.org.

2018 Cohort:

  • Sigfried Aragona, BSN, RN, AIDS Resource (Williamsport)
  • Troy Boulden, BSN, RN, Lehigh Valley Health Network-Cedar Crest
  • Vickie Cunningham, MSN, Program Director, AIDS Activities Office, Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Christine Embon, MSN, Nursing Instructor, Cedar Crest College
  • John Mikovitz, MSN, Nursing Instructor, Moravian College
  • Susan Bryant Sutter, MSN, CRNP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Children’s Healthcare
  • James Thiel, BSN student, St. Luke’s Med-Surg Unit
  • Maddie Williams, RN, Behavioral Health Nurse, Lehigh Valley Health Network