Inclusive Health Summit (Fall 2019 Information Below; Fall 2020 Date TBA)

UK’s annual Inclusive Health Summit provides an opportunity for health care providers, graduate and professional students, and community members to engage in conversations about health disparities and creating inclusive clinical spaces. Discussions will focus on understanding health disparities and providing care to minoritized individuals and populations.

This year's summit will focus on two major content areas.

  1. Clinical Landscape and Best Practices in Transgender Health Care
  2. Health Care Racial Disparities

Presentations and workshops will cover topics similar to:

  • Basic psychosocial issues for transgender patients
  • Assessments for hormones or surgery for transgender patients
  • Female to Male bottom surgery
  • Facial feminization, voice and trachea
  • Racial and ethnic differences in health care experience and preferences
  • Ways providers might communicate with Black/African American patients to meet their needs

Date and Location

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Registration: 8:00am - 9:00am

Summit Begins: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Gatton Student Center, University of Kentucky



FREE, includes lunch

FREE parking in Gatton Student Center Lot (off Avenue of Champions)






8:00 - 9:00am​

Gatton Student Center (GSC), 3rd floor


Visit our registration table for a printed schedule of the day and other key information about flow and logistics. 


9:00 - 9:15am


Welcome remarks

Dr. Lance Poston, UK Executive Director for Inclusive Health and Campus Partnerships 

Dr. Tukea Talbert, UK HealthCare Assistant Operations Executive/HealthCare Diversity Officer 


9:20 - 10:20am

Transgender Care

GSC 330D

Title: Creating Inclusive Care for the Transgender & Gender Expansive Community

Elucidating the need, access to care, indications for hormone and surgical therapy, basic insurance considerations, and advocacy

Dr. Keisa Fallin-Bennett

Dr. Joanne Brown


Racial Disparities

GSC 330E

Title: Promoting health equity in the U.S. and Kentucky: An overview

Despite having the highest quality health care, the United States has some of the highest health disparities among developed nations.  These disparities in preventable illness and death occur across many dimensions, including racial and ethnic minority status, sexual orientation and socioeconomic position.   The reasons for such disparities are multilevel and complex.  This workshop will provide an overview of some of the most striking health disparities in the U.S. and Kentucky, contributing factors for these inequities, and key opportunities to address the disparities.

Dr. Kathryn Cardarelli


10:30 - 11:30am

Transgender Care

GSC 330D

Title: Many Faces of Transition: Hormone Therapy, Voice Training, and Nonsurgical Procedures

A discussion of landscapes and possibilities including hair removal and grafting, botox, body sculpting 

Dr. Keisa Fallin-Bennett

Dr. Nikita Gupta

Joanna Sloggy


Racial Disparities

GSC 330E

Title: Communicating effectively with diverse patients; Racial and ethnic differences in health care experiences and preferences

Patients reports of health care experience and preferences differ based on race and ethnicity. Explore these differences with the goal of improving practitioner/patient interactions.

Dr. Ty Borders

Dr. Diane Francis


11:35 - 12:35pm

Transgender Care

GSC 330D

Title: Transgender & Gender Non-conforming Risk Factors, Mental Health, and Standards of Care

A broad overview of the clinician's role, the WPATH guidelines and informed consent, and specific focus on assessments and letters for surgery

Dr. Di Sobel

Dr. Holly Brown

Dr. Joel Goodrich


Racial Disparities

GSC 330E

Title: Simplifying the Complex: All You Really Need to Know About Addressing Racial/Ethnic Healthcare Inequities You Probably Learned in Kindergarten: A Prescription for Cultural Humility

Because racial/ethnic diversity in the U.S. exists, is ever-increasing, and is here to stay it is imperative that existing healthcare inequities and subsequent health disparities between racial/ethnic populations groups go away. It is acknowledged that a critical tool to address health inequities is to train future and current practicing clinicians to provide culturally competent care to diverse patients. A recent comparative effectiveness review conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality failed to establish efficacy for various cultural competency training interventions on any number of health outcomes among diverse racial/ethnic patient populations. The proposed workshop will challenge health educators, healthcare providers, and healthcare trainees to rethink the concept of cultural competence in terms of cultural humility by focusing on characteristics learned early in life as they relate to practicing culturally-appropriate health care with the goal of eliminating healthcare inequities and reducing health disparities.

Dr. Anita Fernander


12:45 - 2:00pm

Gatton Student Center, Ballroom A

Lunch & Keynote address

Adia Harvey Wingfield, PhD
Professor of Sociology
Associate Dean for Faculty Development
Washington University in St. Louis

Keynote Title: Professional Work in a ‘Post-Racial’ Era: Black Health Care Workers in the New Economy


2:05 - 3:05pm

Transgender Care

GSC 330D

Title: Transfeminine Surgery Basics

Topics covered include facial feminization techniques, breast augmentation, orchiectomies, vaginoplasties/vulvoplasties

Dr. Nikita Gupta

Dr. Kant Lin

Dr. James Liau


Racial Disparities

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Title: I’m Every Woman: Re-Directing the Focus on Black Women’s Health

Black women in the United States carry a disproportionate burden of chronic disease and illness compared to other women. For example, compared to White women, Black women are almost four times more likely to die of a pregnancy-related death and be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Black women also have the highest mortality rates for breast cancer and cervical cancer among all women. The reasons for these disparities are multifactorial and complex, and include limited access to quality healthcare services, gender and racial discrimination, poor built and social environments, and disproportionately higher levels of chronic stress. This workshop will provide perspectives from clinicians and community leaders about the status of Black women’s health and discuss opportunities for growth to promote health equity, with a specific focus on Lexington and the surrounding area.

Dr. Brandi White


  • Vivian Bibbs-Lasley, Director, Office of Health Equity, KY Dept for Public Health
  • Leslie “Dani” Rodgers, Health Equity Network of Lexington-Fayette County
  • Dr. F. Janelle McNeal, True North Counseling & Development, PLLC
  • Annette Pryor, Community advocate

3:15 - 4:15pm

Transgender Care

GSC 330D

Title: Transmasculine Surgery Basics

Topics covered include male "top" surgery, hysterectomies, metoidoplasties, and phalloplasties

Dr. Kant Lin

Dr. James Liau


Racial Disparities

GSC 330E

Title: Cultural and Structural Equity in LGBT Health Care

This workshop will provide an overview of LGBT health disparities. Health disparities are differences that exist among specific populations in the attainment of their full health potential and in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, burden of disease, and other adverse health conditions including unequal access to health care. LGBT health disparities can be prevented and addressed. Some LGBT individuals experience greater disparities in health than others; therefore, we will emphasize on LGBT individuals with multiple minority statuses. 

Dr. Rafael E. Pérez-Figueroa


4:20 - 4:30pm


Closing remarks

Dr. Lance Poston, UK Executive Director for Inclusive Health and Campus Partnerships 


Keynote Address


Adia Harvey Wingfield, PhD

Professor of Sociology
Associate Dean for Faculty Development

Washington University in St. Louis

Keynote Title: Professional Work in a ‘Post-Racial’ Era: Black Health Care Workers in the New Economy


Adia Harvey Wingfield is Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research examines how and why racial and gender inequality persists in professional occupations. Dr. Wingfield has lectured internationally on her research in this area, and her work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including Social Problems, Gender & Society, and American Behavioral Scientist. She recently completed a term as President of Sociologists for Women in Society, a national organization that encourages feminist research and social change, and is a regular contributor to Slate, The Atlantic, and Harvard Business Review. Professor Wingfield is the author of several books, most recently Flatlining: Race, Work, and Health Care in the New Economy, and is the recipient of the 2018 Public Understanding of Sociology award from the American Sociological Association.