Welcome Healthcare Providers

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Dear Healthcare Providers,

We would first like to start off by saying thank you for all that you do. Your work does not go unappreciated.
As a healthcare provider, serving patients from a variety of different backgrounds is part of your every day. However, it is not likely that you will share the same experiences as every patient you serve. That is where cultural competency becomes one of your biggest assets. Learning about patient backgrounds can help meet individualized needs. This page provides cultural competency resources for those interested in learning more about the LGBTQ+ community. We hope these resources will help you serve your current and future LGBTQ+ patients. 

NJAS Cultural Competency Training:

What you will Get

Attendees will strengthen their competency for practice with the goal of improving social service delivery for the LGBTQ+ population. This comprehensive training is interactive, engaging and designed to increase knowledge and skills to effectively work with members of the LGBTQ+ community. Presenters share insights, facts, and personal stories all designed to positively impact attendees LGBTQ+ affirming attitudes and behaviors. Topics discussed include: intersectionality, proper use of pronouns, and simple organizational changes to become a more inclusive social service agency.

Biographies on Presenters:

  • Kelly Martins, BSW

    Kelly Martins is a Ryan White HIV/AIDS Certified Medical Case Manager and Social Service Manager at New Jersey AIDS Services. She is currently completing her MSW at Rutgers School of Social Work with a focus on the LGBTQ+ population. Kelly is also the co-chair of the Morris, Sussex, Warren HIV/AIDS Advisory Committee. In addition to her work at NJAS, in her free time Kelly continues to help the community by coaching a special needs soccer team and being an on-going activist.

  • Joseph Byrne

    Joe Byrne is a student of social work at Ramapo College of New Jersey focusing his studies on the LGBTQ+ community. He is currently completing his internship at New Jersey AIDS Services. Before returning to school, Joe enjoyed a 10-year long career in the performing arts, touring the country while appearing on television and film. The training and experience Joe received as a performer brings a unique approach to his work as a community educator and social worker. Joe is excited to share his talent with others to help educate people on issues currently facing a community he holds near and dear to his heart.

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