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Monday, September 14, 2020

CONTACT: Carol Zimmer Clark: (937) 620-6235

ACTIVIST REVEREND ANGELA DENISE DAVIS TO SPEAK TO THE TRANSFORMING CARE CONFERENCE ON SHIFTING CULTURAL NARRATIVES THAT RENDER MARGINALIZED BODIES DISPENSABLE

The Equitas Health Institute’s virtual 2020 Transforming Care Conference on LGBTQ+ HIV & Health Equity will close on Friday, October 16 with Reverend Angela Denise Davis’ presentation of “Once Upon a Body: Making Bodies Visible by Examining and Shifting Narrative.”

As a blind Black lesbian, Rev. Davis focuses her public speaking on justice issues located at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and disability. In “Once Upon a Body,” Davis will narrate her own intersectionality and explore how having different storytellers in places of policy and power changes the way the stories about marginalized bodies are told and the impact of these new stories.

She will also challenge participants to examine and shift their own personal biases that, intentionally or not, reduce the visibility of marginalized bodies in the public health arena.

The bodies the healthcare system marginalizes are the theme of this year’s Transforming Care Conference: The Invisibles. In its fifth year, the Transforming Care Conference will focus its attention on how public health narratives about LGBTQ+ and HIV communities often exclude lesbians, bi & pansexual people, transgender men & women, non-binary people, people living with disability or mental illness, people of color, asexual people, and Black & Latina cisgender women.“Cultural and systemic narratives shape the way we interact with people, places, and things. ‘

Once Upon a Body’ looks at how preconceived stories of marginalized bodies determine the level of support and interaction given to people who are typically invisible in the public health arena.

It is not just about making these bodies visible. It is also about wrangling them from perceptions that render them dispensable,” explains Davis.

ABOUT THE EQUITAS HEALTH INSTITUTE

The Equitas Health Institute focuses on reducing health disparities in the LGBTQ+ community as the education, research, and community engagement arm of Equitas Health. The Equitas Health Institute delivers exceptional LGBTQ+ culturally competent healthcare education & training, engages with LGBTQ+ patients, works with community-based organizations, and supports regional LGBTQ+ health research efforts.

ABOUT EQUITAS HEALTH

Established in 1984, Equitas Health is a regional nonprofit community healthcare system. A federally designated Community Health Center, it is one of the largest LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS serving healthcare organizations in the United States. With 19 offices in 13 cities, Equitas Health serves tens of thousands of patients in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia each year through patient-centered, integrated, and cutting edge services, including primary and specialized medical care, pharmacy, dentistry, behavioral health, HIV/STI treatment and prevention, PrEP/PEP, Ryan White/HIV case management, care navigation, advocacy, and other community health initiatives.

The Equitas Health Pharmacy is an integral and essential part of the health center’s comprehensive care and business models, reinvesting 100% of profits back into the organization’s programs and services. Equitas Health operates pharmacies serving patients in Ohio and Texas.

The Equitas Health Institute and the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) are divisions of Equitas Health.

For more information, visit equitashealth.com or find them on Facebook or Twitter.