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Out and Safe: Supporting LGBTQ Health Equity


Research shows that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) persons experience poorer health outcomes than non-LGBTQ individuals across a wide variety of conditions. Many LGBTQ persons may delay or fear seeking treatment because of their sexual orientation or gender identities—concerned about inferior care due to homophobia, discrimination, bias, etc. Consequently, strategies to eliminate health disparities in the LGBTQ community that improve overall health care and well-being are needed.

This webinar introduces the importance of comprehensive, person-centered care for LGBTQ individuals. Consistent with core accreditation requirements, you will learn how to develop a humanistic and culturally-sensitive environment that is welcoming, nurturing and values the expressed preferences of individuals seeking care. We will also address contextual factors that exist when providing care to LGBTQ individuals and related challenges that can lead to miscommunication and health inequity.

Crucial information regarding the use of culturally competent assessments to evaluate the overall health of LGBTQ individuals will also be shared.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the importance of providing culturally sensitive care for LGBTQ individuals.
  • Discuss the challenges and barriers related to providing person-centered and culturally competent care to LGBTQ individuals.
  • Recognize key components and best practices necessary to create a welcoming, humanistic and nurturing health care environment for LGBTQ persons seeking care.

CE Information

The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

An evaluation form is available to participants after the conclusion of the live webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by Sept. 19, 2022. After completing the evaluation, webinar participants can print and save the CE Verification Form.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 1.00 continuing education credit.

All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.


  • Rosa Chaviano-Moran, D.M.D.

    Rosa Chaviano-Moran, D.M.D., earned her dental degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Dental Medicine (RSDM). As RSDM Associate Dean for Admissions, she serves as administrator, faculty, recruiter and mentor, providing support services for current and prospective students, especially those underrepresented in dentistry. Dr. Chaviano-Moran is the dental director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Summer Health Professions Educational Program as well as all RSDM educational pipeline programs. She is the co-faculty advisor for the RSDM Hispanic Dental Association and the Dental Association for Equality—a platform for student advocacy in the LGBTQ community. Dr. Chaviano-Moran is a member of the American Dental Education Association, American Dental Association, Hispanic Dental Association, National Association of Medical Minority Educators and National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions.

  • Herminio Perez, D.M.D., M.B.A.

    Herminio Perez, D.M.D., M.B.A., received his D.M.D. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Perez is the Director of Student Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion. In addition to his academic and administrative responsibilities, Dr. Perez has several research interests that relate to improving the experience of dental students during their academic years. Dr. Perez has been an active member of the American Dental Education Association and serves as Councilor of the ADEA Gay-Straight Alliance Section. He is a member of the National Association of Medical Minority Educators and trustee at the Hispanic Dental Association Board of Trustees. He is the Co-Principal Investigator of “Creating Awareness in Academic Dentistry,” a project funded by the ADEAGies Foundation.

  • Colin Haley, D.D.S.

    Colin Haley, D.D.S., graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry (UIC COD) in 2007. He practiced full time for 5 years prior to joining UIC COD in 2012, where he currently works as a Clinical Assistant Professor teaching in the Pre-doctoral Program. Dr. Haley is in the process of completing his Master of Education in Health Professions degree from Johns Hopkins University with a concentration in Leadership. In addition to teaching at UIC COD, he practices dentistry at Howard Brown Health in Chicago, an organization dedicated to eliminating disparities in healthcare experienced by members of the LGBTQ community.

  • Scott Schwartz, D.D.S., M.P.H.

    Dr. Scott Schwartz completed his dental training at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, going on to a General Practice Residency at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in the Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Schwartz obtained a certificate in pediatric dentistry from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry (UNC SOD), and a Master of Public Health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, also at UNC. Currently, he serves as Assistant Professor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. His research focus includes health disparities and the experiences of LGBTQ in the oral health arena.

  • Diana Macri, RDH, B.S.D.H., M.S.Ed.

    Prof. Diana Macri is an Assistant Professor in the Dental Hygiene Unit of the Allied Health Department at Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College. Previously, she was an Adjunct Lecturer at New York City College of Technology and a Clinical Instructor at New York University College of Dentistry. Currently, she teaches three core courses: Oral Microbiology, General and Oral Pathology and Ethics, Jurisprudence and Practice Management. She has been published in medical and dental hygiene journals such as Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, Access Magazine, RDH magazine, the Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene, Decisions in Dentistry and Annals of Long-Term Care. Additionally, she is involved in many advocacy efforts, specifically those which seek to resolve oral health disparities seen in Hispanic populations, both nationally and abroad.

  • Dan Walker

    Dan Walker is a queer, non-binary, Filipinx-American, third-year D.D.S. candidate at the University of Washington School of Dentistry (UW SOD). Dan is dedicated to making dentistry inclusive of as well as accessible to all people, especially underserved groups and populations. Their main passion is increasing oral health equity and equality for the LGBTQ community. Since co-founding UW’s first LGBTQ dental organization, iDENTity, Dan has been active in outreach and advocacy to raise awareness and promote inclusion of this marginalized group. They continue to strive toward this goal by not only shedding light on the experiences of LGBTQ people and patients, but also on the experiences of LGBTQ health professional students and providers.

September 19, 2019
Thu 12:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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