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Upstate Inclusive Health Services offering free online trainings during Pride Month

In honor of Pride Month in June, Upstate’s Inclusive Health Services is offering a series of free online trainings related to LGBTQ health.

Inclusive Health Services offers primary care and support services to the LGBTQ+ community, including transgender care, regardless of HIV status. The department had been planning an all-day transgender health conference this spring when the pandemic forced in-person and large-scale events to be canceled. This series helps replace the conference and celebrates Pride Month while social distancing, said social worker Mattie Cerio, LMSW.

“Pride is about celebrating as a community and supporting each other and lifting up the voices of LGBTQ people in this community,” Cerio said. “Even though we can’t be together right now, learning from one another shouldn’t stop. Providing spaces to learn from each other is just as important as parades and celebrations.

“Now more than ever, the community needs to support each other.”

The series and the work of IHS supports Upstate’s mission, vision and values to respect people, service the community and embrace diversity and inclusion.

“The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is proud to support Upstate’s Inclusive Health Services in honor of Pride Month,” said Chief Diversity Officer Daryll C. Dykes, PhD, MD, JD. “These educational opportunities are reflective of the important work they do for our patients and community each and every day.”

The trainings being offered by Inclusive Health are open to the public and may be particularly helpful to those in the health care field, Cerio said.



2 p.m. every Tuesday

This is a training geared toward medical, mental health and community providers. This is meant to be an introductory or review session that will cover basic terminology, health disparities and best practices or action steps.

Sign up here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OR6ovLFaRs6W6jHAIi0iLw


Beyond Bodies: Eating Disorders in the LGBTQ Community

Noon to 1 p.m. Friday, June 12

Hosted by Erin Ebert, LCSW

Erin is a queer licensed clinical social worker in Austin, Texas. Erin's journey through eating

disorder recovery, and her pursuit of body peace for all, while living in a larger body, affirms her

belief that recovery is difficult, fully possible and life-changing. She specializes in working within the field of eating disorder recovery, working toward a more inclusive, fat-positive, anti-sizest and anti-healthist profession.

Sign up here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OU1b3hubShK7K1iapFQUKw


Beyond Allyship: Hiring, Retaining and Supporting LGBTQ Staff

Noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, June 18

Hosted by Alex Keuroghlian, MD, MPH

Alex Keuroghlian is the director of education and training programs at The Fenway Institute and associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He directs the National LGBT Health Education Center, a HRSA-funded cooperative agreement to improve care for LGBTQIA+ people at health centers. He directs the Evidence-Informed Interventions Coordinating Center for Technical Assistance. He is the public and community psychiatry curriculum director for the

MGH/McLean psychiatry residency program and clerkship director for the fourth-year elective in LGBTQIA+ health at HMS.

Sign up here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UtU9ALVqQpyKk7B19yH56A


Beyond Competency: Providing Services for Sex Workers

11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 23

Hosted by Cecilia Gentili

Founder of Transgender Equity Counseling, Cecilia Gentili has trained more than 3,000 individuals on a range of issues that include LGBTQ inclusion, immigration, drug use, sexual

health, trans sensitivity and intersectionality. Originally from Argentina, Cecilia found her passion for advocacy and community service when she started working as an intern at the LGBT Community Center in New York City. From 2012 to 2016, she managed the Transgender Health Program at the Apicha Community Health Center. Cecilia is also a contributor to Trans Bodies, Trans Selves and a board member for Translatina Network.

Sign up here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Eg4XqBdaS5mfyET7pQx8IQ

For more information about Upstate Inclusive Health Services visit www.upstate.edu/id/healthcare/ihs/.

For questions or to request or suggest training on a particular topic, email Mattie Cerio at ceriom@upstate.edu.

Caption: Online presenters from left to right are: Cecilia Gentili, Alex Keuroghlian, MD, MPH and Erin Ebert, LCSW.