Sexuality and Gender Inclusive Health Promotion: An Applied Panel for Health Professionals

PANEL DISCUSSION

Aubri Rote presents Sexuality and Gender Inclusive Health Promotion:

Aubri Rote, PhD, MS, CSCS

Associate Professor, Department of Health & Wellness, University of North Carolina Asheville

Jen Sanchez-Flack, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Wellness, University of North Carolina Asheville

Shawn N. Mendez, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of North Carolina Asheville

Jordan Perry, MPH, CHES, CWWS

Healthy Campus Liaison, Department of Health and Wellness, University of North Carolina Asheville


Sexuality and gender continue to influence the evolution of health promotion, education, and care. Demand for sexuality and gender inclusive care, spaces, and materials rises as younger generations increasingly identify as sexual and gender minorities. This session introduces best practices for working with sexual and gender minority clients, students, and patients. It is intended for health professionals interested in building capacity to provide inclusive health promotion, and is designed to be an introduction and an overview, rather than a comprehensive exploration of the topic. In this session we will: discuss the importance of language, understanding sexuality and gender binaries, and incorporating body positive health practices and education; practice editing health promotion materials for inclusivity; and provide concrete examples of what to do (and what not to do) to create sexuality and gender inclusive spaces and materials. Participants will leave with strategies for promoting sexual and gender diversity in organizational settings, and creating safer spaces for members of LGBTQIA+ communities.