The phrase “What’s the T?” is often used within the LGBT community to ask what’s new and being talked about around town. The ‘T’ in the LGBT acronym is also a brief moniker representing the transgender segment of the gay community.
During a delicious early morning breakfast buffet at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey, Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania’s newest Physician General and a transgender woman, put the health and welfare of the LGBT community in well-rounded perspective. Over breakfast, Dr. Levine shared research, statistics and her take on the future of LGBT medical treatment, shedding light and hope in an often underrepresented contingent of patient care on behalf of Alder Health Services.
The event sponsored by Capital Blue Cross, Pinnacle Health and BB&T Bank, highlighted the growth as well as the challenges of LGBT medical care, providing the attendees with an inside look at the many statistical disadvantages of men, women, and gender fluid people. Several doctors including Dr. Jarrett Sell, Alder Health Services’ Medical Director, and organizations such as Alder Health Services, are stepping forward to meet the unique health needs of the LGBT community. Dr. Levine cited issues like shame, a lack of health literacy, and a need for further research into LGBT health issues as just a few of the many reasons members of the LGBT community often lack competent care. She assured us though, that every day more people and a growing number of health care professionals, including Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Pinnacle Health, have proven that they are committed to expanding LGBT health services to improve the lives of those they serve.
Rosemary Browne, President and CEO of Alder Health Services, Robert Pound, Alder’s Board Chair and Jan Davis, Board Vice-Chair, alongside a very hardworking and committed staff, humbly expressed their gratitude to those in attendance and encouraged everyone to participate in bettering the lives of the communities they serve.
To commemorate World AIDS Day 2015, the success of Breakfast with Dr. Rachel Levine will be followed by a series of exciting events presented by Alder Health services that you won’t want to miss. The Pearls & Bow Ties Evening Social will be held from 7 to 9pm on December 3rd in collaboration with Gaudenzia Inc. and The LGBT Center of Central PA, at Stage on Herr on N.3rd Street in Harrisburg, and a live theater performance of “Despite These Marks” on December 4th at 9pm (cocktail reception at 7:30pm), at the Ephrata Main Theater in Ephrata. Please visit the events calendar tab for a full listing of Alder’s World AIDS Day 2015 events.
By Carita Ellis-Espola