Becoming an Ally: Creating an Inclusive Environment for LGBTQ+ Patients

PowerPoint Slide Download
Becoming an Ally: Creating an Inclusive Environment for LGBTQ+ Patients
CE Credits
1 hour

What can oral health providers and professionals do to create more inclusive care settings for patients of all genders and sexualities?

On the last day of LGBTQ Pride Month, CareQuest Institute will host a timely, practical webinar that discusses how to provide better care and supportive environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer, intersex, and asexual patients. Expert speakers Alex Barrera, DDS, President of the Houston Equality Dental Network, and Rosa Chaviano-Moran, DMD, FICD, associate dean for admissions and a voice for inclusion at Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine, will explore ongoing disparities, generational differences, tips on how to become a better ally for patients, providers, and students, and provide advice on how to make any practice more welcoming to the LGBTQ+ community.

To set the stage for the discussion, Kelly Schroeder, RDH, MS, will share new research on LGBTQIA+ patients gathered from CareQuest Institute’s annual State of Oral Health Equity in America survey.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the latest research on the oral health perceptions of LGBTQ+ individuals in the United States.
  • Define common LGBTQ+ terms.
  • Recognize the longstanding health disparities that affect LGBTQ+ patients.
  • Identify several ways to be an ally to members of the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Discuss how to create an inclusive, welcoming environment for all genders and sexualities.


Kelly Schroeder, RDH, MS, Health Science Specialist, Analytics and Evaluation, CareQuest Institute for Oral Health


Alex Barrera, DDS, President, Houston Equality Dental Network and Community Health Dentist, Legacy Community Health

Rosa Chaviano-Moran, DMD, FICD, Associate Dean for Admissions, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine

This webinar will be recorded.




CareQuest Institute for Oral Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. CareQuest Institute for Oral Health designates this activity for 1 continuing education credit.
This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) by CareQuest Institute for Oral Health.

All participating instructors in this program have disclosed that they have the following financial arrangement or affiliation with the listed persons or entity(ies) offering financial support, products, and/or services mentioned or related to the content of this program/activity.
Kelly Schroeder, RDH, MS
Corporate Organization: CareQuest Institute