The Training Institute

The Training Institute provides LGBT cultural competency training, training on barriers to care and health disparities, healthcare consumer panels, Art History from a Queer Perspective presentations, and policy development. Our trainers are nationally-recognized for their expertise.

We specialize in training human services and older adult agencies, government agencies, school districts and educators, and healthcare providers and administrators -- however we have provided training for many other types of non-profit organizations, government agencies, and businesses.

Virtual trainings are available during the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact the Director of the Training Institute, Liz Bradbury at 610-347-9988 x103, liz@bradburysullivancenter.org for details

Each customized training we provide is tailored with regard to the specific needs of your organization or business, your staff, and the population you serve. We focus on helping to understand the best ways to avoid creating barriers to communication by understanding the best language to use, the cultural circumstances of this population, and the misunderstandings that may occur inadvertently. Our trainings explain that professionalism may require understanding that past disparities, barriers to care, and past negative experiences need additional efforts to create equity. Trainings can be tailored to address the needs of any demographic within the LGBT population or trainings may present a full overview of the whole community

Our trainings provide the tools to avoid barriers to communication, understand appropriate actions, and work toward equity and fairness in your agency or workplace.


LGBT Cultural Competency Training: This training uses a dynamic and interactive slide presentation that will include current definitions and explanations of essential language that describe and engage the LGBT population. It details the sources of minority stress that contribute to barriers to care and health disparities. It focuses on current federal, state, and municipal laws, policies, requirements, and promising practices to have a positive impact on LGBT people. It outlines proven strategies that mitigate risk, discrimination, and self harm. It explains that professionalism may require understanding that negative past experiences and the community's cultural history of bias and discrimination require additional efforts to create equity, and will include information on easy steps that organizations may use to further approach equity. This training provides an understanding of intersectionality and the layered identities that cause some LGBT people to be multiply-marginalized. And the training will explain why “treating everyone the same” may not meet the needs of the LGBT community your organization serves.

The standard length of this interactive training is 2.5 hours and is designed for up to 50 people. Length, time, date, and specific content can be adjusted to meet the needs of your organization. Trainings for larger audiences can be negotiated.

"Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center came to Turning Point of Lehigh Valley to train direct service staff on LGBT issues as part of our ongoing focus on community needs and relational health. The presentation was facilitated with expertise, humor, openness, and insight. Staff came away with a greater awareness of the legal, health, relational, and pressing concerns of the LGBT community. In addition, the presentation empowered staff toward greater engagement." - Turning Point of Lehigh Valley


Training on Barriers to Care and Health Disparities: Healthy People 2020 defines Health Equity as "the attainment of the highest quality of health for all people" - a dream not yet realized by LGBT healthcare consumers. This training assists healthcare professionals and administrators in understanding the barriers to care that prevent the LGBT patient population from seeking services, screenings, treatment, and care. This training includes current localized data to demonstrate the hurdles LGBT patients are navigating and the disparities that exist for this population. The training includes promising practices for a high-quality of healthcare delivery for the LGBT patient population.

The standard length of this interactive training is 1 hour and is designed for up to 50 people. Length, time, data, and specific content can be adjusted to meet the needs of your organization. Trainings for larger audiences can be negotiated.


Healthcare Consumer Panels: Healthcare professionals rarely have the opportunity to learn about the variety of experiences of the LGBT patient population and to hear patient narratives from LGBT healthcare consumers directly. Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center organizes healthcare consumer panels to help train healthcare professionals and students in health professions. These panels are moderated by one of the expert trainers at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.

The standard length of a healthcare consumer panel is 1 hour and is designed for up to 100 people. Length, time, data, and specific content can be adjusted to meet the needs of your organization. Trainings for larger audiences can be negotiated.


Art History from a Queer Perspective Presentations: Many LGBT people have never been taught about the queer lens to understand the history of art. In these funny, informative, and engaging presentation, which are designed for audiences of all ages, participants will leave with a broader understanding of the ways in which art and LGBT identity have always been interconnected. Sample presentations include:

  • Queer Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt and the Lesbian Rebels Who Studied Them
  • Gertrude Stein and Her Circle
  • The Post Impressionists from a Queer Perspective
  • Queer Art Around the World in the 1600s
  • The Harlem Renaissance
  • Gay Old Broadway
  • Queer Hollywood Before Hays
  • Queer Art of the Stonewall Era

Additional topics and customized topics are available.

The standard length of this interactive training is 1.5 hours and is designed for up to 100 people. Length, time, data, and specific content can be adjusted to meet the needs of your organization. Trainings for larger audiences can be negotiated.


Policy Development: We routinely assist small businesses, non-profits, universities and schools with policy development to help them reduce risk, maintain compliance with municipal non-discrimination ordinances, and to be on the leading-edge for LGBT workplace equality. In particular, we have assisted organizations with drafting the following policies:

  • Non-discrimination policy
  • Anti-harrassment policy
  • Supplier diversity policy
  • Restroom/Locker room usage policy
  • Gender neutral housing policy (for universities)
  • Chosen name policy

We are not attorneys, and while we have unique and specific expertise in LGBT-related policies, we recommend that organizations have our draft policies reviewed by their counsel before adoption of any new policies.


Organizations Trained Recently:

  • AARP of Pennsylvania
  • Albright College
  • Allentown Health Bureau
  • Allentown School District
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley
  • Camp JCC Lehigh Valley
  • Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • Care Patrol
  • Casa Guadalupe
  • Central York School District
  • Da Vinci Science Center
  • Department of Family Medicine at Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries
  • Discover Lehigh Valley
  • East Stroudsburg University
  • Erie County Department of Health
  • Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program at Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Medical-Surgical Nurses
  • Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors
  • Hillside School
  • Interior School District
  • Jewish Family Services of the Lehigh Valley
  • KidsPeace
  • Lehigh Valley Drug and Alcohol Intake Unit
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County and Northampton County
  • Mid Eastern Association of Peri Anesthesia Nurses
  • Molly's Restaurant and Bar
  • Muhlenberg College
  • Northampton County Student Assistance Program
  • North Penn Legal Services
  • Northampton County Re-entry Program
  • Oxford School District
  • Palisades School District
  • Peer Star
  • Penn State College of Medicine
  • Penn State University
  • Pennridge School District
  • Pennsylvania Department of Aging Office of the Ombudsman
  • Pennsylvania Department of Health
  • Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
  • Pyramid Healthcare
  • Quakertown School District
  • Recovery Revolution
  • Reading School District
  • Student Nurses Association at Cedar Crest College
  • The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education
  • Treatment Trends
  • United Friends School
  • United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • White Deer Run of Allentown
  • Wildlands Conservancy

Trainers: Cultural competency trainings and art history presentations are provided by Liz Bradbury, director of The Training Institute. Barriers to Care and Health Disparities Trainings and Healthcare Consumer Panels are provided by Adrian Shanker, executive director, and Jessica LaPorte, health programs and supportive services manager.

Liz Bradbury (she/her/hers):The Training Institute is directed by Liz Bradbury who has more than 40 years experience working as a professional advocate for the LGBTQ community and is recognized as a national expert on LGBT issues. Since she began as an LGBT advocate in the 1970s she has led three key LGBT civil rights organizations, produced an LGBT community newspaper for 18 years, and has written over 400 published articles and columns on LGBTQ issues. She has helped to craft and pass 12 key LGBT civil rights legislative bills in Pennsylvania municipalities and state-wide. Bradbury led the successful passage of the first municipal non-discrimination legislation in Pennsylvania to include “gender identity” as a protected class.  She has been called in as an expert on LGBT issues to government agencies and on radio and television. She served for 15 years on the Human Relations Commission of the City of Allentown (including three years as Chair) where she wrote the guidelines for discrimination investigations and trained investigators. She is a certified SAGE (The National Organization for Advocacy and Services for LGBT Elders) Trainer.  In 2018 she was appointed by Governor Wolf's administration to the Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s State Plan Task Force. Bradbury has presented 100s of uniquely tailored trainings to widely diverse organizations and businesses. In 2018, Bradbury presented an international webinar on LGBTQ health issues with the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine. Bradbury wrote the chapter ‘Caregiving Concerns for Older LGBTQ Adults’ in the groundbreaking new LGBT healthcare anthology Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health

Adrian Shanker (he/him/his): Shanker is executive director of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center and editor of Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health (PM Press, 2020). He is also Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and Commissioner and health committee co-chair on the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs. A long-time leader in Pennsylvania's LGBT community, he previously served for three years as president of Equality Pennsylvania, shanker is a specialist in LGBT health policy. He has developed campaigns to improve LGBT health through behavioral, clinical, and policy changes and his primary expertise is in LGBT access to care issues. In partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, he had broadly administered the biannual LGBT health needs assessment in 2015/2016, 2018, and 2020. Lehigh Valley Business named him a "Healthcare Hero" and he has twice been named "Person of the Year" by Philadelphia Gay News."


Testimonials: 

“Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center came to Turning Point of Lehigh Valley to train direct service staff on LGBT issues as part of our ongoing focus on community needs and relational health. The presentation was facilitated with expertise, humor, openness, and insight. Staff came away with a greater awareness of the legal, health, relational, and pressing concerns of the LGBT community. In addition, the presentation empowered staff toward greater engagement.” - Turning Point of Lehigh Valley

“The presentation was insightful and pragmatic and deepened our members’ commitment to building inclusive and equitable practices on their campuses.”- Eastern PA & Delaware Chapter, College & University Professional Association for Human Resources

“I have often felt that I was ill-equipped to best support LGBT youth, and even unintentionally said the wrong thing to a student I was trying to help as their teacher.  The analogy of creating barriers, when this is exactly the opposite of my intention, describes exactly how I felt after several discussions with LGBT students in my classroom – simply because I was uneducated.  This presentation was one of the best professional development sessions I have ever attended, both because of its research based content and that the Training Institute Director was not afraid to say what needed to be said. I wish every educator could hear this trainer speak.” -Christopher Brockman, Media and Technology Integrator K-8, Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Pennridge School District

“We welcomed Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center to the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living to train our entire staff on LGBT issues as part of our commitment to empowering all individuals in a fully inclusive community free from barriers. The Training Institute Director’s presentation was clear, direct, and practical, and was conveyed with both expertise and humor. We now have a greater understanding and awareness of legal and health concerns, appropriate language, and of the latest best practices our staff can use to increase our LGBT community outreach and support.” Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living


Scheduling Training:

Contact Liz at liz@bradburysullivancenter.org to discuss pricing, scheduling, and customized training needs for your organization. 

Non-profit organizations and government agencies: ask about our discounted non-profit/government rate!

 

 

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