Health Care Inclusivity


Over the past five years, Shanna has worked with Health Care Providers as a Board Certified Sexologist in a variety of settings to be more inclusive to the LGBTQ population and people with disabilities. From facilitating the American Medical Student Association’s Sexual Health Scholar Program to presenting on Women, Disability and Sexuality to office-centric consultations on how to integrate LGBTQ inclusivness into medical settings, she has a lot of experience working with LGBTQ issues as well as with sexuality and disability.

Shanna offers consultations with physicians, office staff, therapists, nurses, PTs, OTs and more. Whether you work with her for a one time talk or over a multi-appointment curriculum, your workplace will be more friendly and welcoming to people of all genders, orientations and ability levels, helping you to provide optimum care to all of your patients.

For information on how to make your office more open to the LGBTQ community, or for a workshop on how to better treat patients with disabilities while recognizing them as sexual beings, please contact Shanna to set up an appointment.

Lecture and Workshop Examples (not exhaustive):

Treating Equally: LGBTQ Inclusivity in Health Care 

Doctors, nurses, psychologists, physical therapists, front office staff and everyone else in the medical field interact with members of the LGBTQ community on a regular basis, yet members of this community are more likely to be refused health care, be blamed for their medical issues due to their identities, and often choose to avoid health care settings due to these issues. Shanna Katz and Lisa Pittari teach a joint lecture/workshop on how to make health care settings more inclusive, providing training on the language relating to the LGBTQ community, and help medical professionals optimize their workplaces into somewhere welcoming to all those needing health care.

Safe Spaces: Ally Education Program

Program geared toward medical professionals and offices on how to be allies and create safe spaces for their LGBTQ patients, colleges and employees. Can be done to include staff and faculty on campuses as well. Great for diversity inclusion at workplaces – can be shortened or lengthen (for more in-depth information) as needed.

SexualAbility: Sexualities and Disability

This discussion is geared towards medical professionals. Unfortunately, many people with disabilities (long term, short term, physical, cognitive, etc) are viewed as asexual by the medical community. Not only can this be frustrating for these individuals, but it can cause issues such as lack of knowledge surrounding safer sex, feeling uncomfortable asking medical professionals about sexual activity, and severe loss of self confidence and autonomy. Shanna will discuss how those in the medical field can re-frame working with patients with disabilities (and their partners) to providing the best care possible while still recognizing people with disabilities as sexual beings with identities around the spectrum.