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Between #MeToo & #TimesUp, the last year has been a high water mark for the awareness of the challenges faced by women in our society. In honor of Women’s Heritage month, the Beyond Flexner Alliance brings you a newsletter this month highlighting the amazing and diverse work being done on gender inequities across health professions; work often being done by women in academia to highlight the trials they face in their training and the tribulations their patients face in achieving health equity. We encourage you to explore the full breadth of leading content we are highlighting this month from an academic study of bias faced by female dental students to a new WHO strategy to address gender inequity and even a media plea for more women to participate in clinical trials. There is a lot of ground to cover, but we hope to have a curated a few highlights for members of the Beyond Flexner Alliance to stay on the leading edge of work in gender health equity.
Social Mission Champion Spotlight
Dana D. Hines, PhD, RN
Dana D. Hines, PhD, RN is known as an emerging nursing leader in transgender health and for her work on issues related to access to HIV care, affirming environments of care, and cultural competency training and education for clinicians. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Hines worked for the Marion County Public Health Department in Indiana as an HIV surveillance coordinator and clinical quality program manager. During this time she led several health disparities projects aimed at improving engagement in HIV care. Since joining the faculty at GW School of Nursing, Dr. Hines has continued to focus her research on health disparities impacting transgender women, a population rarely offered research opportunities and who have historically been exploited or subsumed under the category of men who have sex with men. Health inequities persist in this population because of stigma, discrimination, and because healthcare providers are inadequately prepared to manage the complex health and social needs of transgender individuals. Dr. Hines’ approach to research targets disparities related to HIV, lack of healthcare provider knowledge, and treats participants as equal partners in the research process.