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Steps Toward Social Wellness on Celebrate Bisexuality Day!

Now that you know the bisexuality basics, let’s lighten up the mood a little: Friday, September 23 is Celebrate Bisexuality Day! This day was first observed in 1999 to unite the bi community in a positive celebration. As stated last week, there are many harmful stereotypes surrounding the bi community, and this leads to disparities in health, as …

Shea Hazarian (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a Junior Specialist at the UC Davis School of Medicine and the Improving OUTcomes coordinator. She has facilitated trainings for university staff and faculty to be effective allies to their LGBTQ+ students, with specific workshops for bisexual and pansexual student support.

#BiWeek2016 is Coming! Bisexual Awareness Week

Are you aware that next week (September 18-24) is Bisexual Awareness Week? If you are a provider, you may have to ask your patient, “Who do you have sex with? Men, women, or both?” Some of your patients will inevitably say “Both.” These folks may identify as bisexual, pansexual, queer, fluid, or another term that encompasses attraction …

Shea Hazarian (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a Junior Specialist at the UC Davis School of Medicine and the Improving OUTcomes coordinator. Fun fact: she came out to her mother at age 18 by identifying herself as bisexual in a scholarship award biography.

Promoting Equity and Diversity With Gender Inclusive Restrooms

In the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, we agree that equity gives people access to the same opportunities, and having gender-neutral restrooms promotes equity and diversity at UC Davis.

Adrienne S. Lawson-Thompson, Ed.D. is the Director of Institutional Culture/Climate and Community Engagement in the Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at the UC Davis Health System. In this role, she facilitates workshops involving equity and social change, restorative justice, and cultural and language diversity for faculty, staff, students and health practitioners.

50 Years After the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot

Before Stonewall and Harvey Milk, there was Compton’s Cafeteria. Most people know a thing or two about the Stonewall Inn riots in New York City in June 1969, often considered to be the beginning of the LGBTQ+ rights movement. (Many Pride events are held in the last weekend in June to commemorate the anniversary of …

Shea Hazarian (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a Junior Specialist at the UC Davis School of Medicine and the Improving OUTcomes coordinator. She earned a BA in Sociology from the University of San Francisco and currently works to develop cultural competency initiatives at the UC Davis Health System.

Health Equality for All, One Step at a Time

Improving OUTcomes 2016 has drawn to a successful conclusion. We appreciate all of you who joined us for this nourishing conversation. But as we close the conference, we have to begin work on planning next year’s conference. How do people committed to a lifelong effort to accomplish health equity for all sustain their energy for …

175p CallahanEdward J. Callahan, PhD
University of California, Davis Health System
Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel
Professor of Family and Community Medicine
Chair, Vice Chancellor’s LGBTQI Advisory Committee

Introducing Our LGBTQI Health Resources Map

In anticipation of our 2016 conference this week, we’re excited to unveil our newest project: the LGBTQI Health Resources Map! Borne of the need for a far-reaching statewide source of information, we hope that this map will provide a bridge between the many regional networks that provide competent and compassionate care, as well as between …

Special thanks to Paul David Terry, Shea Hazarian, Kylie Blume, Tristan Boyer, Manpreet Kaur, and Page Design Group for their tremendous help in developing this map.

Shea Hazarian
Improving OUTcomes coordinator and co-editor of the Improving OUTcomes website and blog.

Edward J. Callahan, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine
Chair, Vice Chancellor’s LGBTQI Advisory Committee

Paul David Terry, MNA
Co-editor of the Improving OUTcomes website and blog.

Highlights from Improving OUTcomes 2015

Check out our brilliant presenters from last year! We are so fortunate to name so many colleagues who fully commit their work to LGBTQI health care.

Shea Hazarian
Improving OUTcomes coordinator and co-editor of the Improving OUTcomes website and blog.

Edward J. Callahan, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine
Chair, Vice Chancellor’s LGBTQI Advisory Committee

Paul David Terry, MNA
Co-editor of the Improving OUTcomes website and blog.

Neurobiological Markers of Stress in LGB Young Adults during a Time of Progressive Political and Societal Change

Research has shown that despite progressive institutional laws that promote equal rights for all citizens, including the extension of marriage rights to same-sex couples, the current cultural and political context for the development of sexual minority emerging adults remains variable and influenced by heterosexist popular opinion. Indeed, we recently published a study that tested the …

Parra photoLuis Armando Parra is a third-year Human Development doctoral student in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on the intersection of ethnic/racial and sexual minority identities. Specifically, he studies the effects of compounded ethnic/racial and sexual minority prejudice (i.e., stress) on physiological self-regulatory mechanisms , and in turn, their effects on psychosocial adjustment (e.g., depression). Mr. Parra seeks to identify resilience factors such as parent and peer social support and coping strategies to help ameliorate the adverse effects of prejudice in sexual minority people of color.

What’s the Deal With Gender Pronouns?

Hello, blogosphere! My name is Shea, I work at the UC Davis School of Medicine, and my gender pronouns are she/her/hers.

Shea Hazarian is an Academic Programs Analyst at UC Davis Health and the Improving OUTcomes Conference coordinator. She earned a BA in Sociology from the University of San Francisco and currently works to develop multiple LGBTQ+ health initiatives at the Health System.

Queering Up the Pap Process

Hospital waiting rooms are never fun. There’s this strange stillness that takes over everything. Time moves slower. The lights are brighter, but still manage to dim the surroundings. Everybody around me is speaking like Teddy Ruxpin in need of new batteries. I can’t stop my legs from nervously shaking. It’s been nine years since I’ve …

joviJovi Radtke is a Spoken Word activist who recently relocated to the Bay Area after calling Sacramento their home for a little more than 18 years. They can be seen hugging strangers, freelancing in web development and graphic design, adventuring with their wife and dog, and trying to write their first great American novel.