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Safe Zone Training for Professional Health Students

Year: 2023

Presenter Name: Brekke Pattison

The inclusion of LGBTQIA+ lessons and educational material in professional health schools is a relatively new addition to the material taught to these students, this leads to fewer publications on how effective the material is taught to these students. The purpose of this study is to determine how to best provide education on patient care of LGBTQIA+ and gender diverse patients to help minimize the biases and barriers that these groups face while obtaining medical care. Working alongside medical students and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, a series of workshops designed to help work through different aspects of identity, diversity and intersectionality. These workshops contain an opening meditation and two activities designed to help provide an understanding of differences in identity, privilege, and diversity. One example of an activity ran had participants "purchase" privileges in pairs, with each pair receiving a different amount of money to use. Discussions are lead after the activities to help participants work through their thoughts and see the stand points of the other participants. Participants at the workshops will be asked to participate in a survey that will be used to determine how useful the participants view different activities are in expanding their understanding of the diverse patients they will encounter while working in their respective fields.
University / Institution: University of Utah
Type: Oral
Format: In Person
SESSION D (3:30-5:00PM)
Area of Research: Health & Medicine
Faculty Mentor: Claudia Geist
Location: Union Building, SALTAIR ROOM (4:30pm)