PRIDE Series June 19, 2023 - Supporting LGBTQIA+ Staff at UPMC: Understanding the Resources Available to UPMC Staff, Patients, and Members
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Supporting LGBTQIA+ Staff at UPMC: Understanding the Resources Available to UPMC Staff, Patients, and Members Introductory
UPMC and the UPMC Health Plan have expanded upon resources and services available to LGBTQIA+ individuals, including UPMC employees. This discussion will review the resources and services available to LGBTQIA+ employees at UPMC.
Psychiatrists, clinical and research psychologists, social workers, psychiatric residents, and psychology interns. All medical staff and interested others.
By the completion of this session, participants should be able to:
- Identify the components of the PRIDE Health Employee Resource Group
- Recognize available options for finding LGBTQ+ supportive clinical providers
- Review employee benefits through the UPMC Health Plan
Program Manager, Medicare & SNP Product
Michael DiMeo has worked for UPMC Health Plan for over 10 years in various roles throughout Operations and Reimbursement before his current role as Program Manager for the Medicare & SNP Product. He has over 18 years’ experience in the health insurance industry. In 2020, Michael was a mentee in the Insurance Services Division Diversity Mentorship Program. He also obtained a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University and was named a co-chair for the UPMC PRIDE Health Employee Resource Group at the beginning of 2022. Michael is a leader, champion and advocate for all UPMC LGBTQIA+ employees and initiatives impacting the community.
Kristen Eckstrand, MD, PhD
Fellow, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Dr. Kristen Eckstrand is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist with expertise in child and adolescent mental health, LGBTQ health, and the impact of trauma exposure on the brain and mental health with a focus on trauma experienced by vulnerable populations. Dr. Eckstrand is recognized nationally for their work in expanding health care professional education and health care systems to address the health needs of LGBTQ communities. Dr. Eckstrand has published on this topic widely and consults with various healthcare researchers and organizations related to LGBTQ health and organizational quality improvement.
Stephanie Finneran, PhD (she/her/hers)
Program Director, Health Equity
UPMC Health Plan
Dr. Stephanie Finneran is a social health psychologist and behavioral designer dedicated to advancing health equity through community empowerment, service co-design, and advocacy. Her work focuses on designing, implementing, and evaluating programs with an emphasis on behavior science, human-centered design, and the upstream factors that lead to health disparities. Since 2022, Dr. Finneran has led LGBTQIA+ efforts including access and services related to gender-affirming healthcare for transgender and gender diverse individuals at UPMC Health Plan.
J. Joy Gero, PsyD (She/Her)
Director of Population Health & Improvement
Program Manager, LGBTQ Health
Wolff Center at UPMC
Joy Gero, PsyD is a psychologist who began her career at UPMC 15 years ago at UPMC Western Behavioral Health. During her time at UPMC, she has worked in leadership and training roles across the health care system including as the leader of patient relations at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She was named the manager of LGBTQIA+ Health at UPMC in February of 2019 and helped lead a team that improved UPMC’s participation and designation in the Human Rights Campaign Healthcare Equality Index. Dr. Gero currently serves as the Director of Population Health and Improvement for UPMC.
In addition to her work at UPMC, Dr. Gero has facilitated trainings and spoken about topics ranging from implicit bias, being an advocate for intersectional communities, moral injury, suicide, and anxiety.
Nicole Steele, MS, MT-BC, NICU-MT
Music Therapist, C & E Arts Therapist III
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Nicole Steele M.S., MT-BC is a board-certified music therapist with a specialization in marriage and family therapy whose current role is Senior Creative & Expressive Arts Therapist at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of 17 years, where she also is appointed as the music therapy internship director. Steele was appointed co-chair of the UPMC Enterprise Employee Resource Group PRIDE Health in 2022, designed to support the needs of LGBTQIA+ staff and patients. Nicole’s passion for clinical care and advocating for mental health services remains at the forefront of her practice.
In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer psychology continuing education by the American Psychological Association. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Psychologists completing this course receive 1.0 continuing education credits.
Education and Consultative Services of UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5059. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is solely responsible for all aspects of this program. This program is being offered for 1.0 continuing education hours.
Licensed/Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists: LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.0 continuing education credits.
Other professionals are awarded 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEU's). One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours. Peer Specialists: This program fulfills requirements for Certified Peer Specialist continuing education.
- Upon completion of the evaluation on the CCEHS registration site, you will be able to obtain your CME, APA, and LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT certificate from this site.
- If you need both the APA and the LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT certificate, you should obtain the LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT certificate from the registration site, then contact Nancy Mundy at email@example.com for the APA certificate.
- NBCC and General CEU certificates will come from Education and Consultative Services if you’ve identified the CE credit you’re requesting at the beginning of the registration process. Please allow four- to six weeks for this process.
- Please retain your certificate in a safe place. The replacement cost for NCC and General CEU certificates is $30.
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
- 1.00 APA
- 1.00 ASWB
- 1.00 Attendance