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Intersectionality in Health Disparities: Focus on Black Transgender Women

Class Details

According to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine Black and Latinx transgender individuals experience not only social and economic inequities but also racial biases in healthcare. (https://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMp2024745?articleTools=true)
This webinar is an exploration of the effects of intersectionality and social determinants of health on transgender women of color. In particular, this webinar will highlight the lived experience of one Black transgender woman and provide insights from a physician with expertise in healthcare for transgender women.
By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to
• Identify 3 health disparities experienced by BIPOC transgender women and describe how intersectionality impacts those health disparities.
• Identify 3 domains of the social determinants of health disrupting the lives of transgender women of color.
Guest Speakers
Aryah Lester, author, speaker and educator, is a black woman of transgender experience from New York living in Washington DC. She is committed to advocacy and health for transgender communities. She is chair of the State of Florida Health Department's Transgender Work Group and the Miami-Dade HIV/AIDS Partnership, a board member of Equality Florida's TransAction Florida committee and a member of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) Transgender Networking Group. She founded Trans-Miami, an advocacy group and community space for non-conforming South Florida residents, and the National Alliance of Transgender Advocates and Leaders (NATAL). She currently works as Deputy Director of the Transgender Strategy Center (https://www.transgenderstrategy.org/), an organization based in Washington, DC, that elevates and amplifies transgender voices and leadership within communities across the United States.

Dr. Cheryl Holder, Fellow in the American College of Physicians, has dedicated her medical career to serving underserved populations. She has served as a National Health Service Corp Scholar, Medical Director of one of Miami’s largest community health centers and participated in NIH and CDC health advisory and programmatic review panels. Since 2009, as faculty at Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University, she focuses on teaching the impact of social determinants of health on health outcomes, addressing diversity in health professions through pipeline programs, increasing awareness of HIV prevention and health impact of climate change. Dr. Holder also serves in leadership roles in several other medical and climate change-focused organizations. Most recently, TED Talk selected her 2020 presentation, “The Link Between Climate Change, Health and Poverty” (https://www.ted.com/talks/cheryl_holder_the_link_between_climate_change_...) as one of top 25 Editor’s Picks.

You may register in advance for this webinar at

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Region/Office: National
Mar 31, 2021
2:00PM - 3:00PM ET

Class Overview

SEAside is an alternate webinar series from the Network of the National Library of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NNLM SEA) to promote educational opportunities that occur infrequently and are in addition to the Beyond the SEA webinar series. Speakers cover different topics of interest to health science librarians, health care practitioners, librarians, and other health focused groups in the region. Topics include new and updated National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources, RML Awardee presentations on their research and outreach programs, Disaster Resources, Electronic Health Records, and many others related to health science and health care. All sessions are online webinars using WebEx, which allows for live phone conversation and online chat. SEAside webinars are held infrequently and are based on the availability of specific speakers who may not be able to present during the Beyond the SEA webinar series. Sessions are generally held at 2PM (ET) and last an hour. Sessions are recorded, closed captioned, and made available for later viewing.

Pre-Register: Pre-registration is required.

Technical Briefs 

Important Information Prior to the Use of WebEx:

Continuing Education

Link to Recordings

If you are unable to attend a session, webinars are recorded and added to the NNLM SEA Past Classes typically within one week.