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Testimonials

We love our community of partners, trainees and friends. See what they have to say about us:

“This workshop was AMAZING. I’m so happy to see workshops about trans aging – so important.”

“I wanted to again thank you for your kindness and generosity of spirit, as well as the knowledge that you imparted to our conference attendees. You did an excellent job and truly stimulated people to critically think about today’s elders and all that they have been through and how that impacts their relationship to formal services. I am definitely planning to use [in] my classroom what I learned from you. You are a wonderful speaker and we were so fortunate to have you as our keynote!”

“I’ve reviewed FORGE’s aging publications and found them to be extremely helpful and informative. Thank you for all of your work on these topics!”

Sex, Sex work, and COVID-19 (9-29-2020)

Description:

Sex, hooking up, and sex work can be more complicated in the age of COVID-19.  Many trans folks yearn for intimate contact with existing partners, new sexual hook ups, as well as connections of sex for survival.  This session will provide practical tips for increasing safety AND empowering people to get their sexual and sex work needs met.

Presenter: Andrew Petroll, MD, MS

Dr. Petroll is an Associate Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  He is an Infectious Disease specialist and also serves as the Medical Director of the Froedtert & MCW Inclusion Health Clinic, an outpatient clinic designed to provide affirming and excellent care to the LGBTQ community.

 

ASL, Captions, Recordings, and Trans/Queer-led.

Events will have an ASL interpreter and CART closed captioning.  Please reach out with any access needs.

This event will be recorded and archived.

Support focused groups are trans and queer led.

 

ABOUT events

FORGE and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inclusion Health Clinic have created a series of events for trans+/non-binary community members, loved ones, and supporters, to come together for support, connection, learning, and empowerment.  Participants will have the opportunity to find community, feel less isolated, and learn new skills and information.

Initiated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many topics focus on medical and mental health issues, coping strategies, access to public benefits, links to resources, where/how to access support, creative expression, and some time to have some fun.

Sit back. Or lean in.

If you miss the live events, many will be recorded!  (Recordings available at: https://www.youtube.com/c/FORGEForwardTrans)

 

Thank you to our funders:

This project is funded by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Additional funding support for this event provided by Victims of Crime Act Subgrant No. 2015-VO-01-15356 awarded by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of Crime Victim Services under a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.

 

Non-binary? How can I use hormones to affirm my identity? (09-22-2020)

Description:

In the last of this 3-part series, Annie Lakatos, NP, will share her clinical experience in extensively working with non-binary, AFAB, AMAB, genderqueer, gender expansive, and agender individuals in using hormones to affirm and align their gender identity and expression.  While many non-binary+ individuals may not want to pursue hormones, some do.  This session will explore the nuances of understanding what hormones might do to support a non-binary person’s identity, discuss decision-making and getting started, as well as look at effects, risks and health maintenance of using hormones.  Bring your questions. Everyone is welcome!

Presenter: Annie Lakatos, NP

Annie Lakatos has been a nurse practitioner since 2009 and works at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin in the Inclusion Health Clinic and the General Internal Medicine Clinic. She provides primary care, hormone replacement therapy and PrEP alongside preventive care and education. She is passionate about making each patient feel welcome and creating a space that is supportive and health-promoting for her patients.

 

ASL, Captions, and Trans/Queer-led

Events will have an ASL interpreter and AI-generated closed captioning.  Please reach out with any access needs. Support focused groups are trans and queer led.

 

ABOUT events

FORGE and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inclusion Health Clinic have created a series of events for trans+/non-binary community members, loved ones, and supporters, to come together for support, connection, learning, and empowerment.  Participants will have the opportunity to find community, feel less isolated, and learn new skills and information.

Initiated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many topics focus on medical and mental health issues, coping strategies, access to public benefits, links to resources, where/how to access support, creative expression, and some time to have some fun.

Sit back. Or lean in.

If you miss the live events, many will be recorded!  (Recordings available at: https://www.youtube.com/c/FORGEForwardTrans)

 

Thank you to our funders:

This project is funded by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Additional funding support for this event provided by Victims of Crime Act Subgrant No. 2015-VO-01-15356 awarded by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of Crime Victim Services under a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.

 

Description:

Everyone feels the blues on occasion.  For some, the blues linger and may blossom into deeper depression and/or anxiety.  For some, the blues are situational and short-lived. For others, the blues may ebb and flow with political, personal, or social tides.  Join this session in exploring the different shades of blues and some strategies for changing your mood to a new color.

Presenter: Joanna Woodbury and Carolyn Wesolowski

Joanna Woodbury

Joanna Woodbury is an experienced Certified Social Worker and has worked in HIV care since 2007. Joanna joined Froedtert and the Medical College in 2010 and serves as the Social Services Program Manager overseeing social work, mental health and pharmacy services provided in the Inclusion Health and Infectious Disease Clinics. Joanna also provides social services for Froedtert and the Medical College’s PrEP and Inclusion clinics. Joanna is a leader in HIV care and prevention social work and is responsible for the development and expansion of social services both at Froedtert and the Medical College and F&MCW’s community partners. Joanna holds Professional Certificates in Motivational Interviewing and Servant Leadership and has been recognized as a State of Wisconsin leader in HIV care. Joanna has a strong passion for leadership, medical social work, HIV care and prevention, and LGBTQ affirming healthcare.

Carolyn Wesolowski

Carolyn is a proud Milwaukee native with a love of urban exploration both at home and beyond. She has a Master’s in Community Counseling from Marquette University with a focus on trauma-informed counseling and care. Carolyn’s work has primarily focused on supporting people living with HIV in a social services capacity, which led her to her current role as a Linkage to Care Specialist with the Medical College of Wisconsin. She finds herself incredibly fortunate to share in the vibrancy of so many lives in such a profound way. Her work and passions also support the Froedtert Inclusion Health Clinic and the broader LGBTQ+ community.

 

ASL, Captions, and Trans/Queer-led

Events will have an ASL interpreter and AI-generated closed captioning.  Please reach out with any access needs. Support focused groups are trans and queer led.

 

ABOUT events

FORGE and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inclusion Health Clinic have created a series of events for trans+/non-binary community members, loved ones, and supporters, to come together for support, connection, learning, and empowerment.  Participants will have the opportunity to find community, feel less isolated, and learn new skills and information.

Initiated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many topics focus on medical and mental health issues, coping strategies, access to public benefits, links to resources, where/how to access support, creative expression, and some time to have some fun.

Sit back. Or lean in.

If you miss the live events, many will be recorded!  (Recordings available at: https://www.youtube.com/c/FORGEForwardTrans)

 

Thank you to our funders:

This project is funded by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Additional funding support for this event provided by Victims of Crime Act Subgrant No. 2015-VO-01-15356 awarded by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of Crime Victim Services under a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.

 

Description:

Now more than ever, it is important carve out space and time for Black and Brown Trans Joy. Join us for an evening of conversation between Matthew Lewis and community advocate Naomi-Antrelle Jones, where we’ll discuss what finding light and love looks life for her during this time.

Presenters: Matthew Lewis and Naomi-Antrelle Jones

Matthew Lewis

Matthew Lewis is a Black Queer poet, community health promoter, and unapologetic Aquarius.  He has a bachelor’s degree in English-Creative Writing and Gender Studies from the UW-Madison.  He currently works as a Clinical Program Coordinator for the Medical College of Wisconsin. Matthew has strong passions for storytelling, R&B music, and Food Network TV.

Naomi-Antrelle Jones

Naomi is a Public Health Social Worker and Trans Health Advocate, currently working as a Program Coordinator at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in their Infectious Disease Department. Naomi is a strong supporter of Milwaukee‘s LGBTQA community. Jones is newly added to the Board of Directors for Walkers Point Youth & Family Center. She is also the first Trans Women of Color to be selected for the Wisconsin Health Leaders Fellowship with The University of Wisconsin- Madison.

“I don’t just want a seat at the table, I and my sisters need purposeful seats at the table.”

 

ASL, Captions, and Trans/Queer-led.

Events will have an ASL interpreter and AI-generated closed captioning.  Please reach out with any access needs.

Support focused groups are trans and queer led.

 

ABOUT events

FORGE and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inclusion Health Clinic have created a series of events for trans+/non-binary community members, loved ones, and supporters, to come together for support, connection, learning, and empowerment.  Participants will have the opportunity to find community, feel less isolated, and learn new skills and information.

Initiated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many topics focus on medical and mental health issues, coping strategies, access to public benefits, links to resources, where/how to access support, creative expression, and some time to have some fun.

Sit back. Or lean in.

If you miss the live events, many will be recorded!  (Recordings available at: https://www.youtube.com/c/FORGEForwardTrans)

 

Thank you to our funders:

This project is funded by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Additional funding support for this event provided by Victims of Crime Act Subgrant No. 2015-VO-01-15356 awarded by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of Crime Victim Services under a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.

Additional funding provided by Grant Number 2018-UD-AX-0011 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.  The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice.

 

 

Description:

In part 2 of this 3-part series, Annie Lakatos, NP, will share her clinical experience in extensively working with trans men, trans-masculine, AFMAB individuals on their exploration and journey of using hormones (particularly testosterone) to feel more comfortable in their skin.  This session will cover how to get started, what to expect, effects and risks, and health maintenance.  Bring your questions. Everyone is welcome!

Presenter: Annie Lakatos, NP

Annie Lakatos has been a nurse practitioner since 2009 and works at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin in the Inclusion Health Clinic and the General Internal Medicine Clinic. She provides primary care, hormone replacement therapy and PrEP alongside preventive care and education. She is passionate about making each patient feel welcome and creating a space that is supportive and health-promoting for her patients.

 

ASL, Captions, and Trans/Queer-led

Events will have an ASL interpreter and AI-generated closed captioning.  Please reach out with any access needs. Support focused groups are trans and queer led.

 

ABOUT events

FORGE and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inclusion Health Clinic have created a series of events for trans+/non-binary community members, loved ones, and supporters, to come together for support, connection, learning, and empowerment.  Participants will have the opportunity to find community, feel less isolated, and learn new skills and information.

Initiated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many topics focus on medical and mental health issues, coping strategies, access to public benefits, links to resources, where/how to access support, creative expression, and some time to have some fun.

Sit back. Or lean in.

If you miss the live events, many will be recorded!  (Recordings available at: https://www.youtube.com/c/FORGEForwardTrans)

 

Thank you to our funders:

This project is funded by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Additional funding support for this event provided by Victims of Crime Act Subgrant No. 2015-VO-01-15356 awarded by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of Crime Victim Services under a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.

 

Description:

Sex is a vitally important part of life for many of us. The COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t stop the interest in connecting with people sexually.  Dr. Petroll will share trans-specific information about PrEP (how it might differ in its effectiveness and use for trans folks), as well as how we can practice COVID-19 SAFER sex, including sex with regular partners and hook ups.

[Note: Event date changed from Aug 11 to Aug 18, 2020]

Presenter: Andrew Petroll, MD, MS

Dr. Petroll is an Associate Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  He is an Infectious Disease specialist and also serves as the Medical Director of the Froedtert & MCW Inclusion Health Clinic, an outpatient clinic designed to provide affirming and excellent care to the LGBTQ community.

 

Download handouts:

PrEP: A Guide for for Trans Folks infographic

Making Sex Safer During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A guide for trans folks

 

ASL, Captions, and Trans/Queer-led

Events will have an ASL interpreter and AI-generated closed captioning.  Please reach out with any access needs. Support focused groups are trans and queer led.

 

ABOUT events

FORGE and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inclusion Health Clinic have created a series of events for trans+/non-binary community members, loved ones, and supporters, to come together for support, connection, learning, and empowerment.  Participants will have the opportunity to find community, feel less isolated, and learn new skills and information.

Initiated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many topics focus on medical and mental health issues, coping strategies, access to public benefits, links to resources, where/how to access support, creative expression, and some time to have some fun.

Sit back. Or lean in.

If you miss the live events, many will be recorded!  (Recordings available at: https://www.youtube.com/c/FORGEForwardTrans)

 

Thank you to our funders:

This project is funded by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Additional funding support for this event provided by Victims of Crime Act Subgrant No. 2015-VO-01-15356 awarded by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of Crime Victim Services under a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.

 

Description:

In this 3-part series, Annie Lakatos, NP, will share her clinical experience in extensively working with trans women, trans-feminine, AMAB individuals on their exploration and journey of using hormones (particularly estrogens, androgen blockers, and progesterone) to feel more comfortable in their skin.  This session will cover how to get started, what to expect, effects and risks, and health maintenance.  Bring your questions. Everyone is welcome!

Presenter: Annie Lakatos, NP

Annie Lakatos has been a nurse practitioner since 2009 and works at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin in the Inclusion Health Clinic and the General Internal Medicine Clinic. She provides primary care, hormone replacement therapy and PrEP alongside preventive care and education. She is passionate about making each patient feel welcome and creating a space that is supportive and health-promoting for her patients.

 

ASL, Captions, and Trans/Queer-led

Events will have an ASL interpreter and AI-generated closed captioning.  Please reach out with any access needs. Support focused groups are trans and queer led.

 

ABOUT events

FORGE and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inclusion Health Clinic have created a series of events for trans+/non-binary community members, loved ones, and supporters, to come together for support, connection, learning, and empowerment.  Participants will have the opportunity to find community, feel less isolated, and learn new skills and information.

Initiated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many topics focus on medical and mental health issues, coping strategies, access to public benefits, links to resources, where/how to access support, creative expression, and some time to have some fun.

Sit back. Or lean in.

If you miss the live events, many will be recorded!  (Recordings available at: https://www.youtube.com/c/FORGEForwardTrans)

 

Thank you to our funders:

This project is funded by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Additional funding support for this event provided by Victims of Crime Act Subgrant No. 2015-VO-01-15356 awarded by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of Crime Victim Services under a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.

 

Description:

We all have different communication styles, and sometimes when conflict arises, it helps to speak a common language. It can be especially difficult to communicate during conflicts when there are strong emotions or beliefs involved. In this interactive workshop, we’ll talk about strategies for expressing our observations, feelings, and needs, listening and being heard, and forming solutions going forward. After covering some basic framework for communication, we will have a chance to practice and problem-solve with one another.

Facilitated by Caleb Weinhardt.

Caleb Weinhardt is an undergraduate student at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and studies Psychology. His previous work with FORGE has included leading outdoor activities with the FORGE Outdoors program and organizing volunteers during Milwaukee PrideFest. In his spare time, Caleb enjoys running, hiking, and biking outside, rock climbing, and foraging wild plants!

 

ASL, Captions, and Trans/Queer-led.

Events will have an ASL interpreter and AI-generated closed captioning.  Please reach out with any access needs.

Support focused groups are trans and queer led.

 

ABOUT events.

FORGE and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inclusion Health Clinic have created a series of events for trans+/non-binary community members, loved ones, and supporters, to come together for support, connection, learning, and empowerment.  Participants will have the opportunity to find community, feel less isolated, and learn new skills and information.

Initiated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many topics focus on medical and mental health issues, coping strategies, access to public benefits, links to resources, where/how to access support, creative expression, and some time to have some fun.

Sit back. Or lean in.

If you miss the live events, many will be recorded!  (Recordings available at: https://www.youtube.com/c/FORGEForwardTrans)

 

Thank you to our funders:

This project is funded by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Additional funding support for this event provided by Victims of Crime Act Subgrant No. 2015-VO-01-15356 awarded by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of Crime Victim Services under a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.

Additional funding provided by Grant Number 2018-UD-AX-0011 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.  The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice.

 

Join FORGE and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inclusion Health Clinic for an opportunity to ask questions and engage with professionals serving the trans/non-binary community.

“Can My Health History Help Solve the COVID crisis?”

“Can My Health History Help Solve the COVID crisis?”  The answer is YES! Two large national longitudinal health studies are actively recruiting LGBTQ participants.  Mahri Bahati of PRIDEnet and Dr. Jeff Whittle representing the All of Us study will present how their studies have used data they’d already gathered to contribute to understanding COVID-19. They’ll describe the studies’ privacy and security issues, study aims, results so far, and how people can enroll.

Presenters:

Jeffrey C. Whittle, MD, MPH, and Mahri Bahati, MPH

 

Jeffrey C. Whittle, MD, MPH

Jeffrey C. Whittle, MD, MPH, is a Staff Physician at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center and Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. He attended the Medical College of Wisconsin then received his internal medicine residency training at the University of Alabama – Birmingham. After staying on a year as Chief Medical Resident he was a fellow in General Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, where he also received his Masters of Public Health. After ten years on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh he became Division Director at the Kansas University Medical Center in September of 2001. He moved to the Medical College of Wisconsin in March of 2005.

 

Mahri Bahati, MPH

LGBTQ Community Engagement Specialist PRIDEnet

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Mahri Bahati, MPH is a creative and passionate public health professional with extensive experience across the HIV/AIDS continuum of care, including anti-retroviral medication access, HIV prevention and surveillance, harm reduction, and community mobilization. Most recently she worked for the Global Forum on MSM and HIV as Public Health Advisor where she developed and managed a global capacity building project to facilitate organizational development and build self-sustainability for trans-led organizations throughout the global south. Her professional interests include sexual and gender minority health equity, HIV treatment adherence, PrEP access, and the prevention of sexually transmitted infections.

Mahri earned her Master of Public Health degree at the University of Kentucky in 2013, with a focus in Epidemiology. As an undergrad she began volunteering with local HIV/AIDS non-profits which sparked a professional interest in public health along with a lifelong interest in volunteering and community organizing.

Mahri is excited to join the PRIDE team as the All of Us Research Program Engagement Navigator, where she will work to engage ‘yet to be reached’ sexual and gender minority sub-communities who are new to health research, who have experienced barriers in accessing healthcare, or who have had negative research experiences.

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About ASK events:

ASK the Expert events are open periods of regularly scheduled time (Tuesdays from 6-7:00pm and Saturdays from 1-2:00pm) where you can ask questions to health care providers, mental health professionals, social workers, advocates, and lawyers.

Initiated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, questions and topics discussed may focus on medical issues, mental health concerns, coping skills, access to public benefits, links to resources, where and how to access support. Each session will have a broad focus within these areas. Come with your questions. Sit back. Or lean in.

If you miss the live events, they’ll be recorded!

All ASK events will have an ASL interpreter.  Please reach out with any access needs.

PACT NOW = Preventing and Assisting with COVID-19 among Trans and Non-binary Wisconsinites.  PACT NOW is a partnership between FORGE and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inclusion Health Clinic.

This project is funded in part by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

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