Do Ask, Do Tell: Sexual and Gender Minority Health Cultural Humility and Connections to Health Disparities

Presented by:

Karla A. Bell, PT, DPT, OCS, GCS

Date: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 5-7pm

Sponsored by the Philadelphia Area Clinical Education Consortium

Course Description: This educational program is designed to provide didactic information and clinician development related to sexual and gender minority health delivery and cultural competency in the context of rehab. The participants will learn to broaden their cultural knowledge and behaviors to help improve interactions and understanding when working with these populations. From what little data we do have, we know that people who identify in the sexual and gender minority spectrum experience some form of healthcare discrimination significantly more than their counterparts (CAP,2017). A great deal of that discrimination stems directly from healthcare provider interactions. Respectful engagement with our patients can have a direct impact on the health disparities that exist in these communities.

Objectives: At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1.  Utilize respectful and culturally appropriate terminology when discussing healthcare about/discussing health care with someone who identifies as a sexual and/or gender minority.
  2. Identify applicable community resources and professional resources to assist in health care delivery with patients who identify as sexual and gender minorities
  3. Set an example for your students in the treatment of persons who identify as sexual and/or gender minorities



Course Outline:
5:00-5:30pmWelcome, Introductions, Terminology
5:30-6:00pmWhy this course? Patient, Student, Colleague Perspectives related to Health and Well-being
6:00-6:30pmCultural Humility and Practice / Resources
6:30-7:00pmAction Plan/Identify Changes You Can Make Now/Q & A
About Karla A. Bell, PT, DPT, OCS, GCS

Dr. Bell has a balanced career of clinical experience and academic teaching and professional scholarly activity. Her 12+ years in academics has centered around clinical expertise and board certifications in both geriatrics and orthopedics, national presentations and publications, and expanding curricular integration in the areas of inclusive cultural competency and humility. Her most recent national presentations have focused on curricular adaptations from the medical curriculum in this area. She is involved in 3 research studies in the area of health profession faculty development to integrate sexual and gender minority cultural competency content into curriculum, a collaborative inter-institution mixed-method study on LGBTQIA+ issues in physical therapy, and a study looking at gaps in rehabilitative care post gender-affirming surgery. She is an educational consultant with experience in providing expertise in both faculty and staff training for inclusive cultural competency practices regarding sexual and gender minority populations in patient care and student support. She has served in numerous roles, regionally and nationally to help enhance health equity and inclusive cultural competency: Co-chair of APTA’s HPA The Catalyst committee PT Proud, Jefferson LGBTQI+ Health Initiative committee member; co-advisor for a University undergraduate organization, Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM), Co-chair of a University’s LGBTQ Faculty/Staff Caucus, and Co-Chair of State of DE LGBTQ Health Equity Task Force with the United Way of Delaware. She is pursuing her PhD in Population Health Science to help inform her research impact for this area of health.



Registration: Please register by filling out your information at:

Registration Deadline: October 28, 2019

Registration Fees: $35 Payable by check or Paypal

Check: Make a check payable to PACEc and please write the attendee(s) name(s) on the check and send to:

Kate Mitchell
Physical Therapy and Rehab Sciences Drexel University
1601 Cherry St. MS 7-502
Philadelphia PA 19102

Paypal: Send to as a personal payment. Please indicate the attendee(s) name(s) in the comments.

Members of the Professional Advisory Group (PAG) may attend the course for free. Please still register at the link above. 

Continuing Education Credits: 2.0 contact hours will be awarded as the PACEc is a preapproved provider of continuing education in the State of Pennsylvania. For approved CEUs from other states, please use your course materials and certificate to personally apply for credits through the State Board. DE CEUs have been applied for.

Course Location: Harcum College, 750 Montgomery Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010. The course is in the Little Theatre of Melville Hall, parking is free, the Bryn Mawr stop on the Paoli /Thorndale line is a minute walk, all directions and maps at

Directions and Parking: The course is in the Little Theatre of Melville Hall, parking is free, the Bryn Mawr stop on the Paoli /Thorndale line is a minute walk, all directions and maps at

For More Information: Please contact Shaun Madary at or 610-737-2037