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CEHHS and Campus Partners Present Achieving Health Equity Lecture Series with Dr. Jillian C. Shipherd

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Colleges of Communication & Information; Education, Health, and Human Sciences; Nursing; and Social Work; Department of Sociology; and AgResearch invite the campus community and health community partners to two presentations from Dr. Jillian C. Shipherd, deputy director of the LGBTQ+ Health program at the Veterans Health Administration in Washington D.C.

Achieving Health Equity Lecture Series

LGBTQ+ Support: Building a Healthier University Community
Thursday, March 21 from 2 – 3 p.m. in Student Union 262
Reception: 3 – 4 p.m. in Student Union 270
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Measurement Considerations With LGBTQ+ Populations
Friday, March 22 from 1 – 2 p.m. in Student Union 169

An outdoor portrait photo of Dr. Jillian C. Shipherd. She has fair skin, long blonde hair, and is wearing a colorful blouse and cardigan.

Dr. Jillian C. Shipherd

Jillian C. Shipherd is an international expert in trauma recovery and in LGBTQ+ health policy, education, and research. She received the American Psychological Foundation Gold Medal Award for Impact in 2023.

“Shipherd has pioneered national training programs for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on all facets of transgender health care to support policy changes and improvements, positioning clinicians to evaluate and treat this previously ignored and stigmatized group of veterans. Her research has received wide attention in the media and in senior management within the VA. Shipherd has taken her research findings and applied them to make groundbreaking change throughout the VA spanning education and policy. Her trailblazing work has had a transformational impact on the lives of LGBTQ+ veterans and will continue to affect access to care for generations to come.” (American Psychologist)