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The Landscape of LGBTQ+ Affirming Healthcare in Erie: A Panel Discussion

June 14, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


The Landscape of LGBTQ+ Affirming Healthcare in Erie: A Panel Discussion

June 14, 2023 11:30 AM – 1 PM

Blasco Library: 160 E Front St, Erie, PA 16507

Contact us at (814) 454-0843 or sfrigon@eriecommunityfoundation.org
This is a free event provided by UPMC Western Behavioral Health at Safe Harbor, The LGBT Funds of The Erie Community Foundation, Mercyhurst University and The Hamot Health Foundation.

Historically, the LGBTQ+ community has faced barriers to accessing quality healthcare due to discrimination, stigma, and lack of knowledgeable and welcoming providers. Additionally, many LGBTQ+ people face challenges that increase health risks and can lead to negative health outcomes. Combined, this creates health disparities for LGBTQ+ individuals compared to their cisgender, heterosexual counterparts. This is a concern across countless communities, including here in Erie.

LGBTQ+ affirming healthcare ensures that all individuals have access to high-quality healthcare services, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. It is important for healthcare and social service providers to understand the unique needs of LGBTQ+ individuals. It is equally important for facilities to provide a welcoming, inclusive, and competent environment.

Our panel will discuss the current healthcare landscape for LGBTQ+ individuals in our area and what resources are available.

Learning Objectives for CME/SW/LPC/LMFT Credits:

  • Identify three core principles of LGBTQ+ affirming healthcare
  • Review at least five health risks potentially faced by individuals in the LGBTQ+ community
  • Name at least three barriers to care that may impact LGBTQ+ individuals
  • Describe the current healthcare landscape for LGBTQ+ individuals in our region, including in primary care, mental health, and substance use settings.
  • Set an actionable goal to improve LGBTQ+ health for our region.


In support of improving patient care the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPA), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health care team. 

 Physician (CME)

The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 Social Work (CEU)

Mercyhurst University’s Department of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is an approved provider of social work, Marriage & Family Therapist and Professional Counselor continuing education by the Pennsylvania State Licensing Board. 1.0 hours of CEUs offered to all attendees.

For CEUs in LSW/LCSW/LMFT/LPC, requirements include attendance for the entire session as verified by Teams attendance records (or sign-in/sign-out sheets for in-person) and completion of a course evaluation that will be provided at the end of the session.

For AMA CME/CNE credit, a code will be provided with further instructions.