Category Policy

Heartland Regional Health Equity Council Member!

For a term of three years (2018-2021), I’ve been voted to serve with some of the Heartland’s key health stakeholders throughout the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region-VII district as a member of the Heartland Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC-VII). The mission of the Council is to increase collective leadership actions to promote […]

Finding Insurance Coverage for Transgender Affirming Care: A Primer for Care Providers

It’s an honor to be invited to speak at the 2nd Annual Trans Health Inclusion Conference sponsored by Children’s Mercy Hospital, Truman Medical Center, KC Care Clinic, MATEC, UMKC, & the UMKC LGBTQIA Health Alliance, which will take place June 15th, 2017 at UMKC’s Student Union. I look forward to having the opportunity to be in […]

Breathe! SJR 39 is Defeated

The health of LGBT Missourians is stronger today than in any point in our history. In the wake of the defeat of SJR39, which would add LGBT discrimination into the state constitution by way of a public vote, LGBT Missourians are waking up to a new Missouri. The voices of so many business leaders, advocates, […]

Working to Improve Health care Access for Missourians

In continuing my professional goal to help improve health care access for all Missourians, I’ve recently accepted a position with the Missouri Foundation for Health as a Health Policy Officer. This position will support the Missouri Foundation for Health’s policy portfolio, specifically with it’s expanding coverage mission, which aims to meet the goal of reaching less than […]

LGBT Health and the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act

Yesterday, the Progress and Development committee of the Missouri Senate opened its 2 p.m. hearing with SB 653 or the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA). Through the strong leadership of Senator Joseph Keaveny, we were thrilled to have an early hearing on this important bill. Please, find below the testimony that I had given on behalf […]