Cecilia Sargent Daberko is a second-year graduate nursing student at The Ohio State University Graduate School in Nursing Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Track. She received a bachelor’s degree with honors in nursing from Mt. Carmel College of Nursing. Her current position as a critical care nurse is in the surgical intensive care unit of The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. She currently holds a certification in oncology and critical care, and is a member of the ANA, ONA, AACN, OCN, GLMA, and NPWH. She is passionate about LGBTQ health and the prevention of cancer through modifiable lifestyle factors and screenings.
Presentation: Lesbian Hindrance to Women’s Preventive Healthcare: A Path to Reform
Time: Breakout Session 3
This presentation will be delivered as an oral presentation with a supplemental poster. The LGBTQ health disparities will be briefly discussed, and a focused discussion will follow on lesbian gynecological/breast health focus. Statistics of elevated breast cancer and other female cancers, stats on preventive health of lesbians vs. heterosexual women, and theories why lesbians don’t seek out women’s preventive health services. A plan involving provider education, community education, and creating a “lesbian-comfort zone” environment for women’s healthcare will be discussed to help increase the access and utilization of women’s health by lesbians and other members of the LGBTQ community.
1. Present current LGBTQ health disparities, with a focus on Lesbian health.
2. Discuss theories why lesbians have higher rates of breast cancer, obesity, smoking, ETOH abuse, and why screenings and preventive health services have historically had lower lesbian utilization rates.
3. Present a plan to improve lesbian utilization of preventive women’s health services to improve and address health disparities.