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


Third Annual Professional Conference on Transgender Health
Friday, September 28, 2018 8 am to 5 pm
Location: Persad Center 5301 Butler St., Lawrenceville Pittsburgh, PA

Please review attached brochure for registration information, hotels and meeting agenda


Thursday, August 23, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location:  Alloy 26, 100 S. Commons, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

In Their Own Words: Stories from the Transgender Community

Join the ACLU Young Leadership Outreach Team in Pittsburgh to hear powerful stories from the transgender community.



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. 


'Go Back To California': When Providers Fail Transgender Patients' by Laura Arrowsmith/September 2017 Health Affairs. 

Attention PRIDE Health Members:

I am a fourth-year medical student at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the founder of the organization OutCare Health (, the nation's comprehensive LGBTQ health resource. The core mission of OutCare is to facilitate a shift towards healthcare equality.  Although many LGBTQ-competent healthcare providers exist, many of these individuals are unidentifiable to the public. To improve transparency, we have created a comprehensive, up-to-date nationwide provider directory known as the OutList (, which boasts over 530 (and rapidly growing) culturally-competent providers across 38 states!  We are actively searching for providers to join our OutList. To join the many others who acknowledge and understand the unique health needs of the LGBTQ population, you can simply join here: It only takes a few minutes of your time and there are no costs involved. We have over 3000 website visitors per month who look to the OutList to find a new provider just like you.  Please spread the word to your colleagues about OutCare! Our goal is to become the nation's primary resource for LGBTQ healthcare. If you have any questions, I can be contacted using the information below.  We look forward to your support!
Dustin Nowaskie // Founder
P: 317.437.7180

Article by Laura Arrowsmith, September 2017 Health Affairs, "Go Back To California: When Providers Fail Transgender Patients


WQED television station will premiere a new local documentary, 'Authentic Lives,' profiling Pittsburgh's transgender community at 8:00 pm on January 25th.  Rebroadcasts will air on Monday, January 29th at 7:30 pm and on Tuesday, January 30th at 12:30 am. For more information on the program, please review this article.  

University of Pittsburgh Year of Healthy U

This year Pitt is studying, recognizing, and appreciating practices that promote good health, showing how a cross disciplinary understanding of health can lead to better lives. The Year of Healthy U will advance our understanding of health in all its forms and renew our commitment to fostering a healthy community.