Luzerne Foundation Supports NEPA Trans Health Conference
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) and the Rainbow Alliance of Northeastern Pennsylvania on April 9 hosted the seventh annual NEPA Trans Health Conference, with the support from presenting sponsor, The Luzerne Foundation via its funds, The Luzerne Foundation, Diversity Partnership Match Fund of The Luzerne Foundation and The Anti-Bullying Coalition Fund of The Luzerne Foundation. More than 240 members of the community attended the conference. GCSOM’s student group, Physicians Representing Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equality (PRIDE), and other interested students, organize the event each year in concert with members of the NEPA community to provide an educational forum for NEPA area healthcare professionals, their staffs, educators, future medical professionals and the public. The conference provides an opportunity to learn from the transgender community and from those who treat and support them about the necessary care, respect and understanding of people who are transgender. Community members who helped organize this year’s conference include Tara Atkins, Karen Waldeck, Karen Foley, LMFT and Emily Tomaine. Student organizers include Sarah Heisey of Arlington, Va., and Tonoya Sengupta of Bloomsburg. From left, are Tara Atkins, a member of the conference planning committee; GCSOM medical student, Sarah Heisey of Arlington, Va.; GCSOM graduate student, Tonoya Sengupta of Bloomsburg; Jennifer Joyce, M.D., GCSOM professor of family medicine; and Charles Barber, president and CEO of The Luzerne Foundation.