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PHO Rounds: A focus on LGBTQ Public Health
Friday, June 10, 2016 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave, Suite 300 Toronto, ON M5G 1V2 Boardroom 345
Health Promotion; Research and Collaboration; Learning and development
City: Toronto
Type: PHO Rounds
Format: In Person; Webinar

​Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties.

June is Pride Month and this PHO Rounds will explore emerging trends and research in LGBTQ public health across Ontario.
The speakers will highlight three examples of LGBTQ-focussed public health programs.

These programs are:
Initiatives in cancer screening in the LGBTQ community
LGBTQ people are less likely to participate in regular colon, breast/chest and cervical cancer screenings than their heterosexual and non-transgender counterparts. Additionally, LGBTQ communities have more risk factors for some of these cancers including higher rates of alcohol and tobacco use.  In this brief talk participants will learn LGBTQ terms and definitions, LGBTQ cancer screening issues and barriers, and how to provide culturally and clinically competent cancer screenings for LGBTQ clients.

Trans Community Health Forum
The London, Ontario Trans Health Working Group came together in the fall of 2013 with the goal of organizing a one-day forum to assess the health and social service needs of the trans community members in Middlesex County.  The forum took place on June 7, 2014 and was attended by 31 trans community members.  The forum included round table discussions on a variety of themes. This session will discuss how the forum came to be, results of the forum and the exciting things that have emerged from it.

Internal Capacity Building
For decades Toronto Public Health has provided targeted programming and services to the *LGB* community, but these were by in large focused on STI/HIV/AIDS prevention and surveillance, or behaviour change health promotion messaging. Through the work of the Access and Equity program and the Gender Diversity working group, TPH is working towards ensuring that their programs, services and resources are inclusive and responsive to LGBTQ2S individuals, families and the broader community. This presentation will focus on the successes and challenges of their journey to date, and highlight potential opportunities for public health unit collaboration.

After the presentations, the speakers will host a discussion on how public health can continue to meet the needs of these communities. 

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.

Presenters: Ed Kucharski, Leanne Powell and Lisa King

Ed Kucharski is a Regional Primary Care Lead (Toronto Central LHIN South) for Cancer Care Ontario. He is also a practicing Family Physician at Sherbourne Health Centre where he was Medical Director from 2009-2012. Ed focuses on health inequities of marginalized populations, Quality Improvement and teaching LGBT Primary Care. Dr. Kucharski holds his Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Ottawa and completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto.
Leanne Powell is a public health nurse working at the Middlesex-London Health Unit in the area of Sexual Health. Their passion is LGBT2Q+ health issues and they are actively involved with communities to help improve access and equity. Leanne has been involved with partnering with others, listening to community’s needs, developing resources for communities and health providers and has participated in research. They are committed to working with community partners to make positive changes for the LGBT2Q+ communities.

Lisa King is one of the founding members of the Toronto Public Health Gender Diversity staff working group and currently acts as the staff support to the Gender Diversity management group. Lisa's base position is as a Community Health Officer with the Urban Issues program in Healthy Communities.


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