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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.

Healthy at every size

Description:

Sometimes healthcare providers focus more on numbers than on an individuals’ overall wellbeing and health. Sometimes a provider will link medical conditions to a need for a client to lose weight. (We’ll talk about why some providers put so much emphasis on these numbers and the impact it can have on patients’ mental and physical health.) This event will talk about how people can be healthy at every size, focusing on a body-positive approach to healthcare.

Presenter: Annie Lakatos

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.

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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.

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.

Staying Active during Quarantine, Staying Active Indoors and Outdoors

Description:

Join us for an informational conversation with Caleb Weinhardt from FORGE. Physical activity comes in all forms, and we can all find different ways to incorporate enjoyable movement into our lives! We will talk about strategies for staying active safely during our current health crisis, finding joy in new routines, moving our bodies, incorporating the outdoors into our physical activity, and caring for our physical and mental health.

Presenter: 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!

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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.

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.

TOPIC: Smoke, Eat, Move: A harm reduction approach to real people in real bodies

Description:

In the middle of a pandemic, is now the time to stop smoking and start exercising? This session will share information about how to navigate making health-related changes and lowering health risks. A focus will be on promoting health from a realistic, practical, and human lens.

Presenter: Annie Lakatos

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.

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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.

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.

Who in the world…!? Sharing about FORGE and Inclusion Health Clinic’s services

Do you wonder what services are available at FORGE?  Or from Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin’s, Inclusion Health Clinic?  This session will share brief overviews of what you can access (and how), and leave plenty of time for your questions.

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 by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

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.

Topic: Low or no health insurance?  You still deserve healthcare!

We all deserve physical and mental health care.  This session will explore getting the care you need with or without insurance.  We’ll  discuss how to access affordable health insurance (possibly at no cost to you).  We’ll share where you can seek care without insurance, and how to navigate systems that often seem to prioritize payment over people.

 

Zoom link

https://forge-forward.zoom.us/j/98008372867

Use computer audio or dial in:

+1 929 205 6099

+1 301 715 8592

Webinar ID: 980 0837 2867

 

Presenters:  Joanna Woodbury and Carolyn Wesolowski

Joanna Woodbury

Joanna Woodbury is an experienced Certified Social Worker and has worked in HIV care since 2007.  She 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 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.

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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 by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

 

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.

Topic:

“My job is considered essential — how can i stay safer?”

Not everyone is working from home or unemployed.  It is not always clear what needs to be done to stay safe(r) while working with others, which may include not being able to adhere to social distancing recommendations.  Learn how to minimize your risk and learn strategies to stay as healthy as possible.

Presenters: Andrew Petroll, MD, MS., and Ann Brooks, RN

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.

Ann Brooks, RN

Ann Brooks has been a nurse for the last 20 years . Throughout her years of experience, she has worked in neonatal ICU , home care, and most recently, primary care. Brooks joined the Inclusion Health Clinic at Froedtert in  January, 2020. She has been married to her husband for 19 years and has 3 kids — 2 daughter who are 18 and 16, and a son who is 14. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her family and friends and watching whatever sport her kids are playing.

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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 by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

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.

Topic:

Staying true to yourself while staying safe: Gender expression in the age of COVID-19

In our world of social distancing, face masks, working from home, and other shifts in our day-to-day lives, trans and non-binary people are often struggling with how to stay safe AND how to continue to present our gender in ways that feel true and affirming.  Are you worried that wearing a face mask will change how people perceive your gender?  (Wonder about how to get lipstick off of your cloth mask?!)  Are you concerned about your gender expression if you need to stop binding for a while to give your lungs a bit more breathing room?  We’ll talk about how gender cues might shift and how our gender expression may morph as we adjust to our own health and the safety mandates offered by the CDC and others. Bring and share your own discoveries.

Presenters:  Joanna Woodbury and Shelley Gregory

Joanna Woodbury

Joanna Woodbury is an experienced Certified Social Worker and has worked in HIV care since 2007.  She 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 has a strong passion for leadership, medical social work, HIV care and prevention, and LGBTQ affirming healthcare.

Shelley Gregory (they/them or any pronouns)

Shelley is a trans human, activist, and advocate, and the Strategic Project Coordinator for FORGE. Shelley has worked actively in the LGBTQI+ community for over 25 years and began to focus their work on advocacy for transgender and non-binary folx nearly two decades ago. Their background is as a civil rights lawyer. Shelley continually aims to contribute to improving quality of life for trans and non-binary individuals and increasing our inclusion in society. Shelley presently assists survivors of violence through individual advocacy and peer support, as well as policy development and public education.

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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 by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

The world has shifted to zoom calls, video chats, telemedicine, therapy by video, MyChart communication with providers, and so much more that’s online or technology-dependent.  How do you stay connected and receive the services you deserve if you don’t have a smart phone, web cam, or computer?  Let’s chat about it and find some solutions!

Speaker:

Carolyn Wesolowski

(Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Linkage to Care Specialist)

 

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.

Some people are experiencing lags in their trans-related medical care during COVID-19. Nearly all medical appointments are happening by telehealth, with routine lab tests being deferred until the health crisis has calmed down. However, some trans and non-binary people are being denied refills to their hormones or not being able to connect with their health care provider to maintain their medical care. During this ASK the Expert, Joanna Woodbury and Dr. Jessica Francis will share information on how to have continuity of care (including hormones), as well as some harm reduction strategies to insure your best health during these tough times.

Speakers:

Dr. Jessica Francis
Dr. Jessica Francis is an assistant professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Her areas of clinical expertise are low risk obstetrics, gynecologic surgery, minimally invasive surgery vaginal surgery, and care of pediatric and adolescent patients. Dr. Francis provides comprehensive and preventative care for l transgender individuals, including gynecologic and obstetrical care.

Joanna Woodbury
Joanna Woodbury is an experienced Certified Social Worker and has worked in HIV care since 2007. She 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 has a strong passion for leadership, medical social work, HIV care and prevention, and LGBTQ affirming healthcare.


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.

Workshop at the Cream City Foundation’s LGBTQ+ Health Families, Healthy Communities Conference

Trans/non-binary individuals may experience higher rates of health disparities and victimization than their non-trans peers.  AND, trans/non-binary individuals may also demonstrate high rates of thriving and resilience!   Join FORGE staff for a fast-paced exploration of trans health and wellness, with a positive spin.  Participants will leave with a handful of resources, as well as a list of free and easy things any provider or agency can do to improve their service to trans/non-binary clients.

How can we help you?