Addressing LGBTQ Health Risk and Resilience in the Southeast (On-demand Webinar)

2 modules

Course Length
90 mins

Region IV Public Health Training Center

13 May 2022



Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on May 10th, 2022.

Training Overview
Individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) face a disproportionate number of structural, programmatic, and individual-level barriers to address their health and wellbeing. LGBTQ communities also have developed incredible resilience and coping mechanisms in response to daily experiences with stigma and discrimination. In this webinar, Dr. Sarah MacCarthy, the first appointed holder of the Magic City LGBTQ Health Studies Endowed Professorship at the UAB School of Public Health, will discuss different terms and concepts related to LGBTQ health, with attention to the ways in which the rapidly changing landscape impacts research and practice. She will also help detail the growing size of LGBTQ communities across the country. Dr. MacCarthy will describe LGBTQ health inequities nationally and highlight the ways in which unique barriers and facilitators impact the Southeast.  Dr. MacCarthy will also identify resources that health departments can use to find evidence-based practices to serve this population. 

This recording is approximately 90 minutes. There are no prerequisites. Participants will need a broadband internet connection (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred browsers) and computer speakers. For technical support, please contact

CERTIFICATE:  The course contains two modules: a module to access the webinar and an evaluation module. After accessing both modules, learners will earn a certificate of completion. When the certificate is available, learners will see a Certificate button on their dashboard.

About the Trainer
Sarah MacCarthy, Sc.D. has developed a national reputation as a researcher of racially and ethnically diverse LGBTQ populations, having published over 60 peer-reviewed papers. She joins the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health as the first appointed holder of the Magic City LGBTQ Health Studies Professorship.  With extensive experience as both a researcher and educator, she joins UAB most recently from the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA, where she was both a faculty member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and a Policy Researcher conducting research focused on the critical health issues that affect the unique needs of LGBTQ communities both locally and globally. Dr. MacCarthy grew up in Eswatini and Egypt, then later spent substantial time living and working in Argentina, Malawi, and Brazil. She holds both a masters and doctoral degrees in science from the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. MacCarthy started working in LGBTQ health as an ally, once she started to see the disproportionate impact of HIV and other diseases affecting her LGBTQ friends and family.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31680, Public Health Training Centers for $4,348,992. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define key terms that relate to LGBTQ communities
  • Describe the health inequities experienced across and within LGBTQ communities
  • Describe some of the root causes of health inequities impacting the LGBTQ community 
  • Identify resources for evidence-based practices to better serve the public health needs of LGBTQ people


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Certificate of Completion for Online Module

Addressing LGBTQ Health Risk and Resilience in the Southeast
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