Welcome to PRIDE Health, the LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Allies) Affinity group for UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences (Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health and Rehabilitation Science and Public Health). PRIDE Health exists to serve and support our faculty, staff, students, residents, fellows, and providers, fostering an inclusive, open and affirming environment within which to practice, work and learn. Through PRIDE Health, we assemble socially, act locally and disseminate information on issues pertinent to our members and those whom we treat and teach.
If you are a newcomer to Pitt/UPMC, or are considering joining us, please consider reaching out to a member of our PRIDE List, a group of individuals who wish to connect and be a resource to others whether for mentorship, academic collaboration or social support. Please contact Mary Ann Merranko firstname.lastname@example.org to join the PRIDE List and get on our mailing list.
We believe that PRIDE Health serves our workplace and colleagues well, and makes our community that much more welcoming. Please join us!!
Dena Hofkosh, MD, MEd
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs, Department of Pediatrics
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
The mission of PRIDE Health is to serve faculty, staff, students, residents, fellows, and providers in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex (LGBTQI) community and its allies throughout the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Health Sciences and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) to create a safe, visible, and vibrant environment for education, research, mentoring, support, and advocacy.
- Foster connections among LGBTQI faculty, staff, trainees, students, and allies to create stronger LGBTQI communities, advocacy, and resources at multiple levels throughout the Health Sciences Schools, the University and the Health System.
- Create a network of interested individuals for professional support and mentoring.
- Develop greater visibility for high quality scholarship and research about LGBTQI health issues.
- Improve healthcare for members of our community.
- Educate the health sciences community about the unique health disparities and concerns of LGBTQI patients.
- Enhance recruitment of talented LGBTQI faculty, staff, fellows, residents, and students seeking a safe and nurturing community.
The PRIDE List
The PRIDE list provides a database of LGBTQI and our Allies in the PITT and UPMC community. This resource is meant to connect current and incoming members of our community by a wide range of academic, clinical and other interests. Check the PRIDE list and connect with members by email or phone! If you are interested in being on the PRIDE list, e-mail us today!
PRIDE Health Newsletter
Keep up with the latest news and views. We have many exciting additions to the newsletter including a partner spotlight, important health care news, and a link where you can join the Visibility Project - PRIDE List.
Commitment to Equity
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion LGBTQIA + Affinity Group Mixer for Faculty and Staff: The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is excited to announce the LGBTQIA+ Affinity Group for university professional staff and faculty. Over the last several months, both members of the staff and members of the faculty have met with members of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to identify resources available for members of the LGBTQIA+ community, including networking opportunities, professional development funding, and support groups in light of current events throughout the country. The LGBTQIA+ Affinity Group will serve as an umbrella organization in order to provide these opportunities to members of the community. The group will also offer the community an official, collective voice for LGBTQIA+ issues at Pitt, will serve as a liaison to upper administration, and will provide support for recruitment and retention of faculty and staff.
Our committee has planned a mixer that we would like to invite members of the LGBTQIA+ faculty and staff community at Pitt to attend at 5801 Video Lounge Café in Shadyside, located at 5801 Ellsworth Avenue, on Thursday, February 23rd from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm in order to provide an opportunity for members of the community to get to know each other. At this mixer, we will also brainstorm about the future direction of the affinity group and about possible projects involving both faculty and staff. At this time, we ask that only individuals who identify within the community join us for this program; at future programs and events, we are happy to welcome allies to join us as well. If you plan to attend, please fill out the following RSVP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VN8QR96
All are also welcome to join our Facebook Group to stay connected about future events:
If you are interested in joining the group but are unable to attend the inaugural event, or have ideas to contribute for the vision of the group, please feel free to contact Interim Co-Chairs Julie Beaulieu at JRB107@pitt.edu, or Michael Wellbrock at MJW125@pitt.edu and we will add you to our e-mailing list.
Feel free to reach out directly if there are any questions! All the best, Michael Wellbrock & Julie Beaulieu
PRIDE Health Colleagues: Please join us at a social event with CMU's LGBTQ network at 5801, located on Ellsworth Avenue, Shadyside, on Friday, December 9 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. There will be food and drink specials! All are welcome! The event is hosted by Katz Alliance, Out & Allied, LBGTQ student club at Tepper, and Allies-Grad, CMU LGBTQ graduate student clubs. Review Invitation and RSVP information.
World Aids Day Events November 29 - December 2, 2016: World AIDS Day is held on December 1st each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988. Please review the attached flyer for information regarding events in Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities between November 29 and December 2, 2016. Flyer
TRANS PRIDE PGH. As TRANSPRIDE Pittsburgh prepares for its 6th annual celebration, September 10-18, PERSAD Center is pleased to welcome participants for social activities and a conference for medical and behavioral health professionals. It's a big year for TRANSPRIDE as activities have expanded to nine days, including potluck dinners, cookouts, open stage performances, bowling, movies and more. You can check out the full schedule of events at transpridepittsburgh.org. A special conference weekend is planned at PERSAD with tracks for both professional and community members. The Professional Track on Saturday, September 17 will educate medical and behavioral health professionals on transgender-related issues. Registered participants will earn credits and CEU's. Register here. The Community Track on Sunday, September 18 will focus on community education and advocacy on transgender-related issues. The conference is sponsored by the Center for Adolescent and young Adult Health at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences, TransPride PGH, PERSAD Center and the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh.
Simply Speaking HIV, An Expert Educator's CME Lecture Series, will take place on Monday, October 10, 2016 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Six PPG Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. The title of the talk is "Lessons Learned: PrEP in Clinical Practice". The guest speaker is W. David Hardy, MD, Senior Director of Evidence-Based Practices at Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, DC and Adjunct Professor of Medicine appointment at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Seats are limited - please register in advance to secure your spot at www.simplyspeakinghiv.com. Click on "Attendee Registration" and enter the activity code 23600316. For additional questions, please contact Joyce Creamer at 813-891-6999 or email Joyce at email@example.com. Read more here
Today, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians (ACOP), which together represent more than 66,000 pediatricians and pediatric specialists across the country, joined the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, to release Supporting and Caring for Transgender Children, a new guide for community members and allies to ensure that transgender young people are affirmed, respected, and able to thrive.
As coauthors of Supporting and Caring for Transgender Children, the AAP and ACOP are continuing their longstanding commitment to the care and wellbeing of transgender children. In addition to its support of the resource, the AAP is developing a policy statement on caring for transgender youth that it plans to publish next year.
“We know more than ever before about what transgender children need to grow up safe and healthy, and a large part of that is being accepted, nurtured and supported in their gender identity by their family, physicians and community,” said Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the AAP. “We hope this new guide will become a useful tool for anyone who has a transgender child in their life.”
LGBTQIA Advisory Council, Office of Mayor William Peduto, City of Pittsburgh: Please consider applying to join the Mayor's LGBTQIA Advisory Council. Read more here.