Health Sciences Diversity

PRIDE Health

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 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.

PRIDE Health Spring Newsletter 2016

PRIDE Health Summer Newsletter 2016


June (Pride month) has been a very busy one for PRIDE Health.  Over thirteen PRIDE Health members marched in this year's Pride March in downtown, Pittsburgh on Sunday, June 11th. (see photos above).  Kristen Eckstrand published a book, see attached.  You may download and use freely.  We welcomed ten new members to PRIDE Health, including students, trainees, faculty and providers.  Please see the new profiles on the PRIDE List on this website. 

The University of Pittsburgh "Year of Diversity" presents "Promoting LGBTQ Health Equity in the 21st Century", special reception and lecture.  The Trouble with "Born That Way" - The role of Science in Debates about LGBT Rights.  Featuring speaker Lisa M. Diamond, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies, University of UtahWednesday, April 12, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, PERSAD Center, 5301 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201.  Please RSVP no later than Tuesday, April 4, 2017 if you would like to attend by emailing Frances Patrick at  This will assist us with planning for this special event.  See FLYER for additional information. 


Monday, March 27, 2017, The University of Pittsburgh Center for Bioethics and Health Law present Medical Humanities.  Featuring Rafael Campo, MD, Physician, Poet, Essayist "Just the Facts versus the Whole Truth: Medicine, Poetry, and Healing".  The event will take place at the Scaife Hall Conference Center, room 1105 A-C.  Time of the event is 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm.  The conference center is located on the 11th floor of Scaife Hall, opposite the UPMC Cafeteria.  Lectures are free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact   For additional information on the speaker and the event, please review the flyer. 


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:

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, or Michael Wellbrock at 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  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  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 jcreamer@practicepointinc.comRead more here