Wednesday, July 19, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM PDT
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Brooklyn Basin Room, Suite 101 
1900 Embarcadero Cove
Oakland, CA 94606

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Peggy J. Thomas 
ONTRACK Program Resources 

Providing Equal Access for African American LGBTQ Populations 

This training will explore the breadth of identities associated with African American lesbian gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) communities, as well as the challenging life circumstances and multiple forms of discrimination that affect well-being. Participants will learn to utilize culturally competent language and behavior for addressing and working with this population, and increase their knowledge of health care access, legal, and policy issues that impact African American LGBTQ communities. This training will highlight best practices for providing equal access to African American LGBTQ individuals and families in substance use disorder treatment programs and other community health settings. Participants will work together to develop concrete strategies to specific scenarios that they might encounter in their work, and explore LGBTQ-affirming procedures and systems for effective service provision. Interactive, solutions-oriented, and engaging, this workshop will provide opportunities for learning and problem solving at all knowledge levels.


  • Define terms, identities, and concepts associated with African American LGBTQ communities
  • Utilize culturally appropriate language and behavior for addressing and working with African American LGBTQ populations
  • Describe systemic barriers to health care access, and legal and policy issues that impact African American LGBTQ communities
  • Develop culturally competent best practices for working with African American LGBTQ and gender nonconforming individuals and families


More about the instructor:  Willy has provided LGBTQ and trans-specific training for hundreds of community health organizations, educational institutions, and businesses. He is the recipient of a National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association award, and the Transgender Law Center Vanguard Award, and is recognized on the Trans 100. He lives in Oakland, California with his three vibrant, young kids. Learn more at www.willywilkinson.com.

Continuing Education (CE credits): This course meets the qualifications for 5-hours of continuing education credit for the California Board of Registered Nurses, BRN Provider Number 12040, and the California Foundation for Advancement of Addiction Professionals (CFAAP), Provider Number 4C-04-604-0618.

This cost-free training is presented by 
ONTRACK Program Resources, Inc., with funding from
The California Department of Health Care Services, and is hosted by
Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services, Office of Ethnic Services