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Introduction to Transgender Health for Medical and Mental Health Professionals

Transgender Health Conference 2019

September 21, 2019

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Robertson Life Sciences Building

2730 SW Moody Ave, Portland, OR

The OHSU Transgender Health Program faculty and staff are offering "An Introduction to Transgender Health for Medical and Mental Health Professionals" to learn about gender affirming care across the lifespan. Content covered during this course includes:

  • An overview of pubertal suppression
  • Hormone therapy
  • Gender affirming surgical care
  • Sexual health and fertility
  • Mental health assessment
  • Writing letters of support
  • Care planing for surgery
  • Trauma informed care
  • Multidisciplinary case discussions
  • Strategies to create inclusive
  • Affirming environments of care through policy and practice

The target audience includes primary care and specialty physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and mental health providers. For registration, fees and detailed agenda, visit the registration link.

If you have questions regarding your registration, please email or call 503 494-8700

For all other questions about the course, contact Amy Penkin at


Past events

June 20, 2019

The advance screening and panel discussion of the documentary, “Behind the Bullet," offered attendees an in-depth look at four people who pulled the trigger and the profound impact it’s had on their lives. Winner of the 2019 Sunscreen Film Festival for best documentary, the film reveals the complexity of each scenario, and describes the conflicting emotions and moral injury that comes after a self-defense shooting, an accidental shooting or an unintentional shooting.

A discussion following the screening included the following esteemed panelists:

  • Dana Braner, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.C.C.M., professor of pediatrics (critical care), OHSU School of Medicine, and physician-in-chief, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

  • Yugen Rashad, coalition coordinator and health educator, Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH), Multnomah County Department of Health

  • June Vining, executive director, Trauma Intervention Program of Portland/Vancouver

  • Heidi Yewman, producer, "Behind the Bullet"

  • Facilitated by Kathleen Carlson, Ph.D., associate professor, Epidemology, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health

Watch the "Behind the Bullet" trailer.

Co-hosted by OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, OHSU Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and the OHSU Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue Advisory Committee

January 29, 2019

This year’s theme is Advancing Diversity and Equity: Making it meaningful to your life and work. The keynote speaker will be Laura Salerno Owens, a trial lawyer at Markowitz Herbold. Ms. Salerno Owens has served as the lead plaintiffs’ counsel in equal pay and gender discrimination class action against Nike, Inc.

In addition to the keynote address, there was a panel discussion about diversity and inclusion at OHSU and 13 facilitated lunch tables.

Visit the Women in Academic Medicine webpage for more information.

This conference was sponsored by OHSU School of Medicine, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Office of the Provost, Center for Women's Health, and the School of Nursing.

January 17, 2019

The theme for this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” The quote comes from an African proverb. It’s a profound statement about collective social responsibility, and is a reflection of the teachings of Dr. King.

The event was a celebration of “firsts.” It featured OHSU’s first African-American president and the great-great-niece of the first Native American physician, and the keynote speaker was Fred Williams, M.D., neurosurgeon, Tuality Healthcare, the first African-American to be named president of the Oregon Medical Association.

Dr. Williams brought elements that captured Dr. King’s message of inclusion and equity – drawing upon stories from many cultures and ethnicities, including Chinese, Japanese, Native American and LGBTQ.

Britta Ameel, M.D., resident physician, Obstetrics and Gynecology, spoke about how her great-great-aunt, the first Native American physician, inspired her to become a doctor and help vulnerable populations.

OHSU President Danny Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., shared his journey through the segregation era and the first time he heard the proverb.

If you missed the celebration or wish to see it again, a recording is available online. You can view additional photos from the event on OHSU News Hub.

November 14, 2018

The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, OHSU Department of Pediatrics and OHSU Center for Diversity and Inclusion hosted the live webcast and panel discussion titled "Keep us safe: Focusing our gun violence prevention efforts."

Presenters addressed the reasons for and the impact of the shift of policy and the public health approach to the state level, the issues surrounding the lack of research on key firearm issues, the translation of research findings to practice and the current role public health plays in addressing this critical public health issue.

This was broadcast of a live webcast by the American Public Health Association. 

November 5, 2018

The Henrietta Doltz Puhaty Lectureship is honored to welcome Thomas A. LaVeist, Ph.D., dean, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Dr. LaVeist has published more than 130 articles in scientific journals, focusing on the social and behavioral factors that impact health outcomes. His research focuses on minority health and cultural competency issues and racial disparities in health.

Presented by OHSU School of Nursing, OHSU School of Nursing Alumni Foundation, OHSU Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and Knight Cancer Institute.

Recordings of recent Puhaty lectures are available online.

October 17, 2018

More than 700 community members took part in the first OHSU Diversity Career Fair to learn about our growing diverse team of healthcare professionals, educators, researchers and staff. To join our OHSU team or to discover the opportunities available, visit the human resources department

October 17, 2018

Laurel Case Lecture and Visiting Professorship was pleased to welcome  Denise Rodgers, M.D., vice chancellor, Interprofessional Programs and director, Urban Health and Wellness Institute, Rutgers University.

The event was hosted by OHSU Family Medicine and supported by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

September 28, 2018

What must the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) community do to diversify who succeeds in our disciplines and related careers? John Matsui, Ph.D., assistant dean, Biological Sciences, director and co-founder, Biology Scholars Program, University of California, Berkeley, will share his insights and recommendations based on his 25+ years of work with University of California, Berkeley undergraduates in his Biology Scholars Program and his participation on national advisory boards on STEM diversity for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health.

Hosted by the Alliance for Visible Diversity in Science, Center for Diversity and Inclusion and OHSU School of Medicine.

A recording of the lecture is available online.

September 28, 2018

OHSU and the Sarah Anne and Erin Ford Braner Endowment and Lectureship are proud to welcome an internationally-recognized leader in public health and gun violence prevention, Deborah Prothrow-Stith, M.D., dean, College of Medicine, Charles R. Drew University.

As the inaugural speaker of the lectureship, Dr. Prothrow-Stith will discuss how violence affects public health, policies that address gun violence, risk factors involving our youth and strategies we can take together to keep our communities safe.

Hosted by OHSU Department of Pediatrics and Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

A recording of the lecture is available online.