Outlook Ohio News: Greater Dayton  Transgender Mental Health Summit Recap

On March 3rd, our Institute for LGTBQ Health Equity hosted the inaugural Greater Dayton Transgender Mental Health Summit. The event brought together over 100 mental health professionals and community members to discuss the issues facing Ohio’s trans and gender non-conforming community. The main goals of the conference were to help professionals who serve the TGNC community identify mental health risk factors for patients, increase their confidence and improve their skills in order to serve the community better, and to connect with other social service and mental health providers. The keynote address was delivered by Scott Leibowitz, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Medical Director of Behavioral Health, THRIVE (Differences of Sexual Development and Gender Concerns) Program. We’d like to thank Dr. Leibowitz for delivering a rousing and inspiring keynote, and we’d also like to thank Petey Peterson of Wright State University’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs and Dr. Michelle Vaughan of the Ellis Human Development Institute’s School of Professional Psychology for helping us pull off such a successful summit. In addition, we couldn’t have made the summit happen without the contributions of Equitas Health’s dedicated and talented group of staff members and volunteers.

The event was sold out, and attracted coverage from multiple Dayton media outlets, including Channel 2 and Channel 7. The City of Dayton issued a proclamation declaring March 3 to be Transgender Mental Health Day. Click here to watch the video of the proclamation.  and lunch was provided by Wheat Penny Oven and Bar. Wheat Penny, a Dayton area LGBTQ-owned-and-operated establishment, donated lunch free of charge. We’d like to thank them for their generous donation, and we’d also like to thank the Ellis Human Development Institute for graciously hosting what is hopefully just the first in a series of events like this in the Dayton area. Click here to view WDTN Dayton’s story.

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