LGBT Health Policy and Practice Program

2017 Program and Activities

Activities and information about the policy and practice program and how to get involved.

By Stephen L. Forssell, PhD

The LGBT Health Policy and Practice program will hold its 5th annual summer residency in Washington, D.C., from July 10-15. Throughout the week, students in the program visit lawmakers and health professionals on Capitol Hill and attend lectures from distinguished guest faculty presenters.

A number of the events are open to the public, including:

LGBT Health Forum 2017

Tuesday, July 11 at 7 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Lessons from the Marriage Equality Fight: Toward Full Equality and Preserving Progress in the New Political Climate
Location: The Marvin Center at the George Washington University, 800 21st Street NW
Admission: Free (ticket required)

This panel will engage participants in a discussion about the marriage equality fight and the continuing struggle to achieve full LGBT rights through the Equality Act. Key players in these movements will also deliberate the road ahead in protecting the rights achieved in recent years from attack in the new social and political environment of the Trump era. Our panelists include:

  • Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, who were co-litigants in the Proposition 8 U.S. Supreme Court case Hollingsworth v. Perry. The Court ruled in favor of Perry et al. in 2013, making same-sex marriage legal in the State of California. Kris and Sandy have been together since 1997 and are the parents of four boys.
  • Jim Obergefell, who married John Arthur, his partner of 21 years, in Baltimore, Maryland, in 2013. Jim filed suit against the state of Ohio when it declined to honor his legal marriage and refused to enter Jim's name on his husband's death certificate. Obergefell v. Hodges was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015 in favor of Jim and his co-plaintiffs, making marriage equality the law of the land.
  • Walter Dellinger is a highly respected authority on appellate and Supreme Court decisions. He has served as assistant attorney general, head of the Office of Legal Counsel, and acting solicitor general under President Clinton. He is the author of an amicus brief in Hollingsworth v. Perry and advised Solicitor General Donald Verrilli in United States v. Windsor. He also filed a brief for the Human Rights Campaign and other LGBT groups in the landmark 2003 case of Lawrence v. Texas. Dellinger is a senior partner O'Melveny & Myers, the Douglas B. Maggs Professor of Law at Duke University, and a frequent commentator for the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Slate, and major television networks. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America by the National Law Journal.

Reservations can be made by email.

Benefit Performance

Thursday, July 13, 7 p.m. in the Lisner Auditorium

A benefit performance for LGBT Health Policy and Practice by comedian Margaret Cho. Tickets start at $55. VIP tickets ($150) include orchestra center seating and a meet-and-greet with Cho after the show. Proceeds benefit the program.

More Information on the LGBT Health Policy and Practice Program

The LGBT Health Policy and Practice Program is a 12-credit, interdisciplinary graduate certificate program that trains medical and mental health professionals to better care for and produce improved health outcomes for LGBT people. It is offered in a hybrid online and on-campus format to allow students from across the country and around the world to enroll. Students complete three core courses in multidisciplinary health, mental health and LGBT health policy, as well as three credits of electives, with courses available in transgender health, LGBT youth, rural LGBT populations, lesbian health and MSM. Over the course of the program, students also complete a capstone project that results in a product or outcome that can be used in real-world environments, either applied in existing community settings or used as a tool for job or graduate school applications.

Students attend two on-campus residencies at The George Washington University campus in Washington, D.C.: one week-long summer residency in mid-July and a four-day spring residency over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend in January. At the residencies, students attend classes with core faculty, hear presentations from distinguished guest lecturers and visit with policy professionals and political representatives on Capitol Hill. Students have the option of completing the program over one or two years. Our annual cohort size is limited to no more than 25. Students progress through the program together, forming close, tight-knit professional and personal relationships. A large number of LGBT Health Policy and Practice Program students have completed terminal degrees (MDs, PhDs, Masters) and work in care settings or in policy organizations. Others are applying to or are concurrently enrolled in medical, nursing or other graduate mental health, public health and policy programs around the world.