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Join us for this conference bringing together interprofessional public health and healthcare professionals to explore the policy landscape around LGBTQ+ youth and healthcare, services for gender diverse individuals, and ways to enhance your own skills in providing gender-affirming care. Hear from advocates and leaders from MGH Institute of Health Professions, MGH Transgender Health Program, Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ+ Youth, Fenway Institute, Boston GLASS, and more.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:  
  • Understand the policy landscape as it applies to LGBTQ+ youth and implications on healthcare.
  • Discuss challenges that gender diverse youth encounter and offer suggestions to improve access to healthcare and community support services.
  • Develop language and skills to provide excellent care for gender diverse individuals.
  • Apply knowledge about excellence in gender-affirming care in different contexts and across all professions.


All health care providers and educators, public health professionals, and community members who are interested in gender-affirming care.


Dallas M. Ducar, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC, CNL (she/her/hers)

Clinical Lead for Mental Health Services, MGH Transgender Health Program

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Dallas Ducar serves as the Clinical Lead for Mental Health Services at the MGH Transgender Health Program. Dallas is also a lecturer at the MGH Institute for Health Professions, visiting scientist at Northeastern University, chair of the MGH Trans Action Group, MGH public voice fellow, member of the MGH Department of Psychiatry Center for Diversity, board member of the MGH Department of Medicine Diversity and Inclusion Board, and member of the MGH Optimum Care Committee.

Inspired by others, Dallas draws together psychology, philosophy, queer theory, and contemplative science in her daily work. Clinically, she works with gender-expansive patients providing holistic, gender-affirming, psychiatric care. Her main research interests include moral psychology, trauma, and resilience. She seeks to harness the power of morality and prosociality, collaborating with vulnerable gender-expansive populations to direct community-based research. She continually works to create a more celebratory and open-hearted queer-friendly healthcare environment.


Corey Prachniak-Rincón, JD, MPH (they/them/theirs)

Director, Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth

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Corey Prachniak-Rincón is an attorney focused on LGBTQ+ rights and gender issues, who since 2017 has served as Director of the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ+ Youth. Their work and opinions have been covered in front-page stories in the Boston Globe and Boston Herald, as well as in the pages of the New York Times and Teen Vogue, and on the cable news channel NECN. Publication highlights include the Harvard Journal of Gender and Law and the Health and Human Rights Journal. Corey earned their Master in Public Health degree at Harvard University and their Juris Doctor degree at Georgetown Law. They are a proud first-generation college student and a native of New England.


Kimberly A. Truong, PhD (she/her/hers/they/them/theirs)

Executive Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, MGH Institute of Health Professions

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Dr. Truong is the Executive Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at MGH Institute of Health Professions. Dr. Truong is also an adjunct lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a faculty affiliate of the MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness, co-chair of the Association of Harvard Asian and Asian American Faculty and Staff, and member of the Self-Determination Advisory Board with the Department of Developmental Services of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

In 2019, Penn GSE recognized Dr. Truong for her significant contributions in the field through professional achievement and community service. She was given an Early Career Award of Merit. In 2018, Dr. Truong received the NASPA Region I Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award for having a strong and sustained record of professional activities that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion, being actively engaged in advocating for and advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion, having a reputation for taking a stand on critical issues related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, being dedicated to creating an inclusive campus culture, and being known as someone whose work has “broken barriers” and in so doing, has served as a role model, and helped to facilitate employment and educational access and opportunity for others from diverse backgrounds.


Tala Berro, MS, CGC (she/her/hers)

Genetic Counselor, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

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Tala Berro is a genetic counselor and project manager at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. She works in the Adult Genetics Clinic and the Genomes2People research group. She has published several articles in the Journal of Genetic Counseling about genetic counselors’ experience and knowledge counseling transgender patients on cancer risk, was the subject matter expert for the online course “The Formation of Implicit Biases and Practical Strategies to Address Them”, and authored the blog post “We Can Do Better- The Experience of a Minority Genetic Counselor” on the DNA Exchange. She is a queer Palestinian social justice educator and a community organizer involved in education around Palestine, queer rights, and racial justice.


Ariel Frey-Vogel, MD (she/her/hers)

Director of Child & Adolescent Services, Massachusetts General Hospital Transgender Health Program

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Ariel Frey-Vogel is trained in internal medicine and pediatrics and sees patients of all ages. She is the Director of Child and Adolescent Services at the MGH Transgender Health Program. She sees her role with patients as helping people to determine their goals and needs with respect to their gender identity and their overall health and then helping them to reach those goals. She is an Associate Program Director for the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Pediatric Residency program and in that role, she works to ensure that future pediatricians are trained to provide affirming care to transgender and non-binary folks.


J. Aleah Nesteby, MSN, FNP (she/her/hers)

Director of LGBTQ Health Services, Cooley Dickinson Health Care

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J. Aleah Nesteby is currently the Director of LGBTQ+ Health Services at Cooley Dickinson Health. She previously spent 10 years at Baystate Health working to ensure availability of compassionate and non-judgmental healthcare for the LGBTQ+ community in Western Mass. Prior to her time in Massachusetts, Nesteby worked in reproductive health and STI prevention in San Francisco, California. Nesteby received her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from MGH Institute of Health Professions in Charlestown, Mass., and has pursued specialization in Transgender Health and LGBTQ+ Health. She is a nationally recognized trans health provider and has led workshops, lectures, and forward-looking training programs for medical students and medical residents. She is the recipient of a Tufts University School of Medicine educational research grant for transgender student curriculums. Nesteby is a member of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH), and a provider-volunteer for the online peer-to-peer consultation service TransLine.


  • Adrianna Boulin, MPH (she/her/hers), Community Outreach & Engagement Manager, Fenway Health
  • Asher Bruskin, LICSW, HIV Clinical Social Worker (he/him/his), Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Perry Cohen, Executive Director & Instructor, Venture Out
  • Robbie Goldstein, MD, PhD (he/him/his), Medical Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Transgender Health Program
  • Akané Kominami, LICSW (she/her/hers), Behavioral Health Services Manager, Boston GLASS
  • El Martinez (they/them/theirs), Student and Intersectionalist Activist
  • Kay Martinez, MA (they/them/theirs), Associate Director, Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, MGH Institute of Health Professions


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