Despite progress in social and political realms, LGBTQIA individuals continue to experience disparities in health outcomes compared to our cis/straight/majority peers. We have more cancer, mental illness and other diseases and are more likely not to seek care, to smoke, drink alcohol, use drugs, have eating disorders, and engage in other risky behaviors. One of the identified factors contributing to this health disparity is a lack of familiarity, respect, and cultural competency around LGBTQIA issues within the health care system. At the UA COM we are working to fix that, in part by including cultural competence training, and by asking students to practice professionally taking sexual histories from a patient population that includes diverse experiences and concerns. I teach this class and I need your help to make it better reflect the needs and wants of this community.
Diana Darnell is an Associate Professor in the College of Medicine and facilitates student practice in sexual history taking. She has been at the COM for 11 years and is trained as a teacher and biology researcher. She received a Masters in Reproductive Biology and a PhD in Anatomy and Developmental Biology from the University of California at San Francisco. She conducted a postdoc at the Univ. of Utah COM, and later taught for 7 years at a liberal arts college in Illinois (where she taught a Masters course in Sex and Gender) before coming to the Univ. of Arizona.
Questions for Prof. Darnell? darnell[at]email.arizona.edu