Safe Zone – It is our goal as physicians to see each patient as an individual with specific health care needs. This week, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso faculty and residents received Safe Zone LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Allies Training from Drs. Tania Arana and Shaked Laks. The training provided attendees with guidance on how to create a safer environment for LGBT patients to share their health concerns related to their sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Through knowledge and empathy, trainings such as these will further increase each physician’s capacity to provide patients with a positive outcome.
Wounded Warrior – The Diversity and Global Health Perspectives Lecture this month is “Wounded Warriors: Providing Behavioral Health Services for Active Military Service Members”. On January 21, Major Tim Brown, a psychiatrist at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, will discuss the history of behavioral health care delivery in the U.S. military, the current treatment system, the White House’s Joining Forces program, and information regarding combat-related psychiatric disorders. Our soldiers deserve the best treatment available. I encourage each of you to attend.
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday – In commemoration of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., TTUHSC El Paso will be closed on Monday, January 19. There are activities taking place around town to commemorate his life and legacy, so take the time to honor this special day. You might consider donating food to a local MLK food drive or participating in the YWCA’s Race Against Racism. In the very least, remember his words, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”