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Regional Prevention Partnership (RPP) Cultural Competency Series: Foundational Concepts and Working in Partnership with LGBTQ Vermonters


Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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RPP Cultural Competency Series:

FoundationalConcepts and Working in Partnership 
with LGBTQ Vermonters

Morning Session 8:30 am to 12:15 pm

Cultural and LInquistic Competence
to Address Behavioral Health Disparities

This three-hour training will cover content areas related to race, class, health disparities and related cultural competency topics. The training additionally includes two short documentaries about racial and health disparities in the United States and participants will engage in several interactive activities.

Goal and objectives

At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:

1. Demonstrate increased self-awareness of racial, ethnic and class biases.

2. Define cultural and linguistic competency and indicate familiarity with the stages of cultural competency (or continuum).

3. Describe the implications of demographic trends for health disparities.

4. Identify links between racial and health inequities and disparities.

5. Integrate National CLAS Standards into practice and service providing.

6. Describe how cultural beliefs shape clinical encounters and patients’ health outcomes.

7. Incorporate cultural and linguistic competence into service providing.


 Maria Mercedes Avila, PhD, MSW

Dr. Avila is Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program Director at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She has been involved in numerous SAMHSA and HRSA's MCH programs. Dr. Avila provides consultation on Cultural and Linguistic Competency and has trained more than 2500 providers across five states. Since 2011, Dr. Avila has been invited to lead twenty-eight national presentations and fifty-five regional sessions on topics related to health disparities, social justice in health care, culturally responsive care and practice, and cultural competence in advocacy and leadership.

Afternoon Session 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Developing Cultural Competency
in Serving LGBTQ Vermonters

In this training, representatives from Outright Vermont and Pride Center of Vermont will educate participants in cultivating cultural competency in working with LGBTQ Vermonters. Participants will increase their understanding and ability to build empathy while being empowered to identify skills and methods for personal and organizational growth around serving LGBTQ individuals.

Goals and Objectives

 At the conclusion of this training participants will be able to:

1. Identify resources available from Pride Center of Vermont and Outright Vermont

2. Define & understand risk factors for LGBTQ Vermonters and their relationship to substance use

3. Increase understanding of LGBTQ identities, cisnormativity, heteronormativity, and privilege

4. Demonstrate ability to build empathy for LGBTQ Vermonters

5. Demonstrate culturally competent skills in working with LGBTQ Vermonters

6. dentify methods to improve an organization’s policies and environment to better serve LGBTQ Vermonters


Erika Meierdiercks, MS - Director of Programs, Outright Vermont (she/her)

Erika Meierdiercks (she/her) is the Director of Programs at Outright Vermont. Outright VT is a non-profit organization working to provide safe & inclusive environments for queer and trans youth ages 13-22 in Vermont. Erika has been working with youth for over 10 years, and has been at Outright for the past 2 years developing and supporting youth and family programming that are queer and trans competent. She has received her Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling and has been a private practice counselor for the past 2 years, primarily working with queer & trans adolescents and children.

Jess Novak - Safe Space Coordinator, Pride Center of Vermont (she/her)

Jess Novak is a queer, non-binary activist from the Midwest who has recently joined the Pride Center of Vermont staff as the SafeSpace Coordinator of Education. Jess has had the privilege of working with and for LGBTQ+ people for close to 8 years, focused mostly on passing inclusive legislation protecting LGBTQ+ folks. As a fierce lover of all things communal, Jess is humbled by the opportunity to meet, listen to and learn from folks across the state of Vermont in hopes of fostering conversation and creating space for connection.

Julia Berberan - SafeSpace Coordinator, Pride Center of Vermont (she/they)

Julia is a queer activist interested in continually expanding understandings of LGBTQ+ identities and the intersectionality of oppressions. She has been working as an LGBTQ+ advocate, educator and activist for the past 5 years. In her position with SafeSpace she is honored to work alongside Migrant Justice and other local anti-violence organizations to create support networks for LGBTQ+ migrant farmworkers and advocate with and for undocumented survivors.



 Who should attend?

These trainings are designed for the Vermont Department of Health Regional Prevention Partnerships (RPP) Grantees, RPP sub-recipients, VDH staff and interested community stakeholders. 

This training is offered at no charge and is paid for through a grant from the Vermont Department of Health, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs (ADAP).

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs (ADAP)

Breakfast and registration begins at 8:00
Lunch will be provided

Have questions about Regional Prevention Partnership (RPP) Cultural Competency Series: Foundational Concepts and Working in Partnership with LGBTQ Vermonters? Contact CHL

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Fireside Inn
25 Airport Road
West Lebanon, NH 03784

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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