Dana Prince, associate professor at the Mandel School, will present “Sexual and Gender Minority Youth: The Need for Affirming Care across the Behavioral and Mental Healthcare Systems” as part of the series Wednesday, March 22, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the school’s Noble Commons. The event also will be live-streamed on the Mandel School’s YouTube channel. Lunch will be provided for those who attend in person.
One professional development hour will be available to Mandel School students for each Impact Talk they attend.
Sexual and gender minority youth (SGMY) are disproportionately overrepresented in child welfare and juvenile court, with estimates ranging from 16–32% compared to 2–8% in the general population. Rates of depression, suicide ideation, suicide attempts and hospitalizations among SGM system-involved youth far exceed those of their heterosexual and cisgender peers. SGMY experience systemic barriers and traumatic experiences that often include discrimination and injustices.
Systems-level change, grounded in community capacity building and empowerment for SGMY, is needed to address systemic injustices and advance care equity for SGMY.
In this talk, Prince will share insights and findings from her federally- unded research with diverse stakeholders, including child welfare and juvenile court, SGMY with lived experience in these systems, and SGMY-serving community-based agencies to transform systems and support SGMY thriving.