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What Will I Learn at a Rainbow Tour? [Podcast]

Posted August 31, 2023 by Meagan Mafield, NRCMA

In this episode, we explore the Rainbow Tour, a groundbreaking initiative aimed at promoting education and awareness about the proper use of pronouns and understanding SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity). Visit and fill out the form to get involved.

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What is Gender-Affirming Care?

Posted June 05, 2023 by Katherine Williams, M.D.


On your journey to becoming more of your true and healthier self, sometimes the body does not appear or do what it "should" do. Sometimes a patient's focus is weight loss, but sometimes the goal is deeper than that.

Many transgender people have intense distress when their appearance does not reflect their gender. Known as gender dysphoria, this distress can trigger poor mental health or even mental illnessin transgender people. Gender-affirming care can be an important part…

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Transgender Day of Remembrance: An Invitation to Listen Deeply and Love Generously

Posted November 14, 2022 by Shannon Blower MA, MAR, Director of Pastoral Care Services and Education


While serving patients at Summa Health, I often ask them, “What is it like to be you?” It is a provocative question, but a crucial one to encourage conversation beyond the normal boundaries of polite conversation. You see, the patients I visit often have a diagnosis or prognosis that is terminal, and the news shatters their sense of identity. Patients may wonder, Who will I become if I can’t provide? What is my worth if I can no longer perform the duties…

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Traci Kalpac Takes Pride In Connecting The LGBTQ+ Community With Specialized Services

Posted June 06, 2022 by Pamela Carlson, BA RN


Traci Kalpac starts out each morning not knowing what the day will bring. As a licensed independent social worker in Summa Health’s Pride Clinic, Traci’s role involves many hats.

Countless individuals in the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) community face the presence of stigma and discrimination in their daily lives. That’s why Traci’s role as a social worker can take on many forms: one day she’s a mentor, broker and…

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Coming Out: How to Feel and Show Support During a Time of Vulnerability [Podcast]

Posted October 08, 2021

Healthy VitalsWe talk about tips on how to go about telling friends and family. And for friends and family, ways to show support when loved ones share with you.

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What does it mean to be an LGBTQ ally?

Posted June 27, 2021 by Summa Health Pride Clinic


Anyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, can support the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning) community. But being an ally of this population takes action. Allies work to stay informed on current LGBT issues and events. They speak up for what’s right and they support equality by fighting for policies that protect LGBTQ individuals from discrimination.

Allies are important and welcomed supporters of the LGBTQ movement, as…

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Closing the gap on health disparities in the LGBTQ community

Posted May 03, 2021 by Scott T Hamler, MD


All of us rely on healthcare services at one time or another — and many of us take them for granted. But the sad truth is in today’s world, access to medical advice and treatment isn’t equal.

It is true LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning) individuals face health disparities in a number of ways. As a result, this community is at a higher risk for certain medical conditions, has less access to healthcare and experiences worse health…

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Mental Health in the LGBTQ Community

Posted March 29, 2018


LGBTQ individuals are almost three times more likely than others to experience a mental health condition such as depression or anxiety and LGBTQ individuals have a higher rate of suicide as compared to those in the general population. Much of this is due to minority stress. Minority stress within the LGBTQ community stems from a variety of factors including social stigma, discrimination, prejudice, denial of civil and human rights, abuse, harassment, victimization, social…

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National Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender LGBT Health Awareness Week

Posted March 27, 2018 by Dante Roulette, M.D.


The medical definition of sexual orientation is “an enduring, emotional, romantic or sexual attraction that one feels toward men or women, or both.” While this definition may suffice for the purposes of education, one truth I have learned is there is no single definition that can encompass all of human sexual orientation, identity or gender identity.

Summa Health is an inclusive healthcare provider whose mission is to provide the right access to the right care for…

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