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WEBINAR: Sexual and Gender Minority Cultural Humility 101: Current Climate and Best Practices
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WEBINAR: Sexual and Gender Minority Cultural Humility 101: Current Climate and Best Practices

When: Tuesday, July 30th, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Where: GoToWebinar
United States
Contact: Marcus Dean
(877) 636-4408 x102

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This webinar will bring foundational concepts and language to the forefront for working with patients who identify on the sexual minority and/or gender minority spectrums. We will talk about the current sociocultural landscape as it contributes to these patients lived experiences and how it contributes to health and wellness as well as patient management approaches that are informed and respectful of these communities’ experiences. We will also review available resources for clinicians, faculty, and students to include HPA’s Committee, PT Proud, and the free downloadable handbook for clinicians.


Educational Objectives: 

  • Utilize respectful and culturally appropriate terminology in all discussions regarding and/or with someone who identifies as a sexual and/or gender minority. 
  • Differentiate current factors contributing to disparity amongst the LGBTQIA+ community in the Physical Therapy clinical and academic settings.
  • Identify applicable community resources and professional resources to assist in health education for these communities.
  • Identify and convey the importance of being culturally sensitive /respectful and knowledgeable with patients and students who identify as a sexual or gender minority.


About the Presenters: 

Karla A. Bell, PT, DPT Karla Ann Bell, PT, DPT, GCS is an Assistant Professor and Co-Director of Clinical Education at Jefferson (Thomas Jefferson University + Philadelphia University) Physical Therapy. Dr. Bell’s teaching focuses around leadership and business, inclusive cultural humility, sexual and gender minority health. Dr. Bell has 20+ years of clinical experience and is board certified in geriatric physical therapy. As a member of the APTA, she is active in the Health Policy section and Academy of Education. Dr. Bell serves as a co-chair of the LGBTQIA+ PT Proud Committee through the Health Policy Administration of the APTA. She presents/facilitates discussions around inclusive culturally competent health care and health disparities at the local, state, and national levels. She has been invited as a guest lecturer for multiple health professions including nursing, occupational therapy, medicine, and communication disorders, and has provided on-site seminars and workshops for health systems and campus faculty/staff on the topics of intersectional cultural competency recommendations for best practice care. Bell also provides faculty development workshops around inclusive practices for student support and curriculum integration of inclusive cultural humility principles. She is currently part of two active educational research projects around sexual and gender minority education in the healthcare professions.


Melissa Hofmann, PT, PhD - Melissa C. Hofmann: Melissa Hofmann, MSPT, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Regis University. She teaches in areas of Evidence Based Practice and Research, Management of Applied Physiology, and Motor Behavior. Dr. Hofmann’s educational background includes a BS/MS in Physical Therapy (D’Youville College, 2000) and a PhD in Research Methods and Statistics (University of Denver, 2016).  She has 19 years of clinical experience and continues to practice as a Senior Physical Therapist at the University of Colorado Health. As a member of the APTA, she is active in the neurologic, research, health policy, and education sections. Dr. Hofmann serves as a co-chair to the board for the LGBTQIA+ PT Proud Committee through the Health Policy Administration of the APTA.  Additionally, she is a member of the Queer Resource Alliance (QRA) at Regis University through the office of Diversity and Inclusivity that supports LGBTQIA issues/events. Through the QRA, she has completed Brave Space Training to increase awareness and dialogue about sexuality and gender specific to the LGBTQIA+ community.  Dr. Hofmann has presented and facilitated discussion of research centered around LGBTQIA + Issues in Healthcare, Trauma Advocacy for Practitioners/Patients, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Stroke at local, state, and national levels.

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