10-15-2015 Kristen Eckstrand

The Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research
(CIQR -- "seeker": http://www.duq.edu/ciqr/)

Date: Thursday, October 15th, 2015
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Location: Berger Gallery (207 College Hall), Duquesne University
Title: Using Research, Education, and Advocacy to Promote Health in LGBT Communities
Presenter: Kristen L. Eckstrand, MD, PhD. Resident Physician, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Presentation Details:
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals face challenges when accessing and receiving care that may lead to preventable adverse health outcomes. Efforts to improve the health of LGBT individuals within medicine have been built on activism in multiple realms including patient care, medical education, research, and advocacy. This talk will discuss how individuals can catalyze change within institutions in each of these realms, and successful outcomes of activism within the medical setting using LGBT health as an example.


Kristen L. Eckstrand holds her M.D. and Ph.D. in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University, and is currently a resident in Psychiatry at University of Pittsburgh's Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Dr. Eckstrand is the founder and former director of the Vanderbilt Program for LGBT Health, the second program in the country housed within an academic medical center to address the needs of LGBT patients, trainees, staff, and faculty. Dr. Eckstrand is nationally recognized for her work as the founding chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges' Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Sex Development, co-editing and authoring the ground-breaking text Implementing Curricular and Institutional Climate Changes to Improve Health Care for Individuals Who Are LGBT, Gender Nonconforming, or Born with DSD, and has recently edited the book Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Patient Health: A Clinical Guide to Preventative, Primary, and Specialist Care, to be published by Springer in 2015. She also serves as the Vice President of Education for the board of directors of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality and as a member of the American Medical Association's LGBT Advisory Committee. Dr. Eckstrand has been recognized for her commitment to diversity through the 2011 Vanderbilt Levi Watkins Jr. Award, the 2013 American Medical Association's Foundation in Excellence Leadership Award, and the 2013 AMSA/GLMA Health Achievement Award for leadership in LGBT health.

All interested faculty, graduate students, and other parties are invited. Refreshments will be served.

For inquiries concerning CIQR, please contact the Center Coordinator, Fred Evans, Dept. of Philosophy, at evansf@duq.edu, 396-6507, or visit the CIQR website at www.duq.edu/ciqr.

*The Center has been officially approved by the Dean of the College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, The Graduate Council of the College, and the Council of Deans for the University. It is based in the College but open to members of all the schools of the University. It includes interpretive and qualitative research in both the humanities and the social and behavioral sciences (including the practice of the latter in Nursing, Education, Occupational Therapy and other professional schools).