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
Monday, November 27, 2017 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Crisis Center North presents "Telling Our Stories and Those From Around the World". This event will take place on Monday, November 27, 2017, at the New Hazlett Theatre Center for Performing Arts, #6 Allegheny Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Time of the event is 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Explore stories of the LGBTQA+ through words and art. Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General, and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine will be the keynote speaker and will address violence affecting the LGBTQA+ community. As Physician General, Dr. Levine has made significant strides combating the opioid epidemic and advocating on behalf of the LGBTQA+ population. She spearheaded the efforts to establish opioid prescribing guidelines and establish opioid prescribing education for medical students. She has also led an LGBTQA+ workgroup for the governor’s office which has worked to create programs and processes that are fair and inclusive in healthcare, insurance, and many other areas. Recently, Dr. Levine was recognized as one of NBC’s Pride 30, a national list of 30 people who are both members of and making a difference in the lives of the LGBTQA+ community.
In addition, the art exhibit “Where Love Is Illegal” by award winning photographer Robin Hammond will be on display. Hammond is the recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Fund for Humanistic Photography, a World Press Photo prize, the Pictures of the Year International World Understanding Award and four Amnesty International awards for Human Rights journalism.
The exhibit explores the stories of members of LGBTQA+ community around the world who have faced oppression for their sexual or gender identity. Those who are photographed, through the global storytelling campaign, choose how they want to pose, what to wear and how to present themselves. They hand write their stories and letters to be shared with the world. The project also invites the LGBTQA+ community to share their own stories through a global social media campaign and through local anti-stigma campaigns, developed in conjunction with Hammond’s team. “Stories Coming Together” is open to the public at no charge, though donations will be accepted and appreciated. Appetizers and live entertainment by pianist Kelly Kirschman will be provided. Please RSVP online at www.storiescomingtogether.eventbrite.com or by contacting Michael at email@example.com or 412-364-6728.
This event is sponsored by Highmark Health and Allegheny Health Network, the FISA Foundation, the Staunton Farm Foundation, the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh, the Board of Crisis Center North, and Thermo Fisher Scientific.
About Crisis Center North
Crisis Center North (CCN) is a non-profit counseling, referral, and educational resource center that serves victims of domestic violence (DV), their children, and teens involved in violent dating relationships in the northern and western communities of Allegheny County. The mission of CCN is to empower victims of domestic violence and cultivate community attitudes and behaviors that break the cycle of violence.
In fiscal year 2016, CCN handled 1,714 Hotline calls, provided Counseling, Advocacy and Case Management services to 2,061 DV victims, delivered Primary Prevention Education programs to 13,106 middle and high school students, and hosted Community Prevention Education programs for 1,348 participants from employer, law enforcement, church, healthcare provider and other community groups. Crisis Center North marks the 40th anniversary of its founding in 2018. The agency’s 24-hour toll-free hotline may be reached at 866-782-0911. Local callers may use 412-364-5556 CCN is online at CrisisCenterNorth.org.
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, 2017. (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.
IMPORTANT NEWS, PLEASE REVIEW; From an EMAIL received from Michael P. Marshall, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh:
"The new strategic plan proposed by the DHHS was stripped of any mention of LGBTQI individuals (see the HRC link below). If you can take the time, please review the information and consider submitting comments to the DHHS. Note, the deadline for comments is coming up soon, Friday, October 27, 2017. As you can imagine, health disparities researchers, particularly those of us interested in promoting health equitiy amount SGM populations, are quite concerned. Also, please circulate widely and encourage others to submit suggestions/comments. Thank you for considering this! Mike". Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org, Telephone number 412-246-5663.
Email from Karen L. Parker, PhD, MSW, Director, Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office, Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Director, NIH. Contact information: email@example.com. Telephone number 301-451-2055.
"Dear Colleagues: The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment on its Draft Strategic Plan FY 2018-2022. To review the plan and submit commits, please click on this link. https://www.hhs.gov/about/draft-strategic-plan/index.html. Instructions on how to comment are provided. Please note that submissions are due by Friday, October 27, 2017". Best, Karen