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LGBTQ Health Policy in the Trump Administration

What: Join us for an informative and up-to-date live webinar about LGBTQ health policy under the Trump Administration and how you, as a health professional, can help fight for the health and well-being of all LGBTQ people.

Who: The webinar will be presented by Kellan Baker, MPH, MA and Laura E. Durso, PhD, of the Center for American Progress

When: Thursday, 8/1/2019 at 1pm (Eastern)

LGBTQ healthcare is under attack. Learn about recent policy developments and how to #ProtectTransHealth, plus get continuing education credits in the process!

Registration Info: Registration for the webinar is $25 for GLMA members and $35 for non-members. This registration includes 1 hour CME or 1 hour nursing CEU. Click here to register today!

Abstract: The Trump-Pence Administration has spent the past two and a half years undermining the rights of marginalized communities and working to sabotage access to quality and affordable health care. LGBTQ people –particularly immigrants, people of color, and transgender people – have seen multiple attacks on the policies and programs advancing LGBTQ health and rights that were developed during the Obama presidency, and advocates anticipate further challenges for our community ahead. Most notably, the Trump-Pence Administration has proposed to eliminate nondiscrimination protections afforded LGBTQ people under the Health Care Rights Law (also known as Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act) and is continuing to try and undermine access to reproductive and other kinds of health care under the guise of a so-called “conscience rule” that became final this past May. During this webinar, LGBTQ health policy experts will share what is ahead in federal LGBTQ health policy, what advocates are doing to slow or prevent these policies from taking effect, and how you can help. 

Learning Objectives: By the end of this session, you'll be able to:

  • Describe current proposed and/or enacted federal policies that would negatively impact the health and well-being of the LGBTQ community
  • Discuss ways advocates are working to prevent these proposed policies from taking effect
  • Develop strategies for how individual healthcare providers and health professionals can join these efforts.

About the Presenters:



Kellan Baker is a Senior Fellow with the LGBT Research and Communications Project at American Progress. His work includes improving data collection about LGBT populations, working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on a range of LGBT health policy priorities, and advancing LGBT issues internationally. Baker is a founding steering committee member of Out2Enroll, a nationwide initiative that conducts community education and trains enrollment assisters to help connect LGBT people and their families with their new coverage options under the Affordable Care Act. He also directs the LGBT State Exchanges Project, which partners with LGBT and consumer health advocates in numerous states to ensure that the benefits of the Affordable Care Act reach LGBT communities. Baker is a member of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and is a frequent presenter on LGBT health issues at venues that include the White House, Johns Hopkins University, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office. He is also an affiliated faculty member for LGBT health policy at the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health at the Fenway Institute and has consulted on LGBT health and health disparities with The Joint Commission and the Open Society Foundations, among others. Baker holds a B.A. with high honors from Swarthmore College, as well as an M.P.H. in global public health policy and an M.A. in international development from George Washington University. Baker is currently a doctoral candidate in health services research and policy in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he is the department’s centennial scholar. His research interests include policy approaches to addressing health disparities, the design and financing of safety net health care services, and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.


Laura E. Durso is the vice president of the LGBT Research and Communications Project at American Progress. Using public health and intersectional frameworks, she focuses on the health and well-being of LGBT communities; data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity; and improving the social and economic status of LGBT people through public policy. Prior to joining American Progress, Durso was a public policy fellow at the Williams Institute at University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, where she conducted research on the LGBT community, including LGBT homeless and at-risk youth; poor and low-income LGBT people; and the business impact of LGBT-supportive policies. Earlier in her career, Durso conducted research on the health impact of weight-based discrimination. Her research has been published in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals, including Sexuality Research and Social Policy, Obesity, and the International Journal of Eating Disorders, and she has presented her work at both national and international conferences. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard University and master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.


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