Nadia Valdez is an openly queer transgender woman of color with 4+ years of experience working for the LGBT community and 6 years in non-profit agencies. As a survivor of multiple assaults herself, she identifies strong similarities with patients’ stories and barriers in seeking help. In her youth she was active in the LGBT nightlife scene and witnessed first-hand the rape culture. Nadia Valdez is committed to being a pillar of support for patients and a driving force in the growth of Howard Brown’s in.Power* program.
Presentation: The Multidisciplinary Response to LGBTQ Survivors of Sexual Harm
Time: Breakout Session 2
For over 40 years, Howard Brown Health has pioneered healthcare and wellness services for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community (LGBTQ).
In order to address the complex problem of sexual violence against the LGBTQ community, Howard Brown launched the first holistic LGBTQ-specific sexual assault response program in the nation: in.power* The Sexual Harm Response Project. in.power* is devoted to sustaining a survivor-centered, multidisciplinary approach to this public health and societal crisis. The presentation will review the way that Howard Brown staff and community partners work together to create wrap around services and referrals for survivors that address their social, legal, mental health, spiritual, and physical healing in ways that respect their multiple identities. By discussing workflow, referrals, and the integration of care beyond the medical model in combination with best practices, the presentation aims to improve care for LGBTQ survivors across the nation.
1. Deepen an understanding of how sexual harm impacts the LGBTQ community (statistics, outcomes, etc.)
2. Identify the successes and challenges of providing care to LGBTQ survivors from a multidisciplinary medical team.
3. Enhance capacities and skills to provide culturally appropriate care for LGBTQ survivors of sexual harm.