Sexual Minorities and Integrated Care

11:00am - April 28, 2022 thru 12:00pm - April 28, 2022 | Timezone: US/Mountain
Mountain Plains MHTTC
Registration Deadline: April 28, 2022
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This training takes place on April 28th, 2022 and will run from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. MT. 

Event Description

Compared to heterosexual peers, sexual minority people experience elevated prevalence and risk for several physical and mental or behavioral health conditions. Some of these health disparities have been linked to lack of access to quality healthcare. In other cases, previous stigmatizing interactions with healthcare providers may lead sexual minorities to seek care less often.  


This webinar will provide an overview of the most common health disparities documented among sexual minorities, a review of best practices for primary care with this population, and discussion of the connection between physical and mental health treatment in this population.  


We will also describe the unique factors of integrated care for sexual minorities in rural settings.



Keri A. Frantell, Ph.D.


Dr. Keri A. Frantell (she/her/hers) is an assistant professor in Counseling and Counseling Psychology at the University of North Dakota. She earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Tennessee. Her integrated program of research, teaching, service, and advocacy centers on multiculturalism and social justice. In both research and clinical practice, she has extensive experience working with suicidality and LGBTQ+ populations. She has published on factors related to transgender suicidal ideation and attempts, bisexual oppression and the impact on mental and physical health, and the connection between religiosity and suicidality for LGB young adults. She currently leads a research team actively committed to disseminating information and resources to the community. 


Ben Gilbert, B.A.


Ben Gilbert (he/they) is a first-year Counseling Psychology PhD student at the University of North Dakota. They graduated summa cum laude with a major in Psychology from Emory University in 2021. Ben’s research interests focus primarily on the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQ+ individuals. Ben has pursued these topics on both the graduate and undergraduate levels. In their undergraduate career, Ben was president of their Pride organization (2017-2019) and earned the university’s Transgender Advocate of the Year award in 2021. In graduate school, Ben continues to pursue these topics; he is currently part of a research team focused on developing education materials focused on multiculturalism and inclusion and is in the process of researching transmasculine experiences of and relationship to sexism.