LGBTQ+ Health Coalition

If you would like to learn more about this group or have a question related to this topic, contact the chairperson listed below.

The LGBTQ+ Health Coalition is centered on the health and professional issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender persons, and allies. Its purpose is:

  • To maintain ACHA’s core value to support social justice, human dignity and respect for all.
  • To raise the concerns of LGBT students and college health professionals while encouraging the development of culturally competent health services for members of the LGBT communities on our respective campuses.
  • To be a mechanism for the exchange of information, resources, and tools to address the health concerns of LGBT students and professional concerns of college health professionals who identify as either LGBT or allies supporting and educating members of the community.
  • To identify and disseminate best practices addressing LGBT issues.
  • To provide continuing education, advocacy, and professional development across ACHA.

Please note: Any ACHA individual member (Regular, Student, Associate, or Emeritus) may join a coalition; however, only Regular Individual and Student Members may vote or hold office in a coalition.

Charlotte Petonic, MEd
University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa

Tamara Oyola-Santiago, MA, MPH, MCHES 
The New School

Board Liaison
Julie Yingling, MAE, RN, BA
The University of Findlay

Staff Liaison
Valerie Hartman, MS

Coalitions provide a multi-disciplinary, topic-oriented organizational mechanism with broad geographic representation for continuing education; advocacy; knowledge; standards; and professional development. They enhance channels of communication among members with different professional backgrounds to address common issues in college health and expand membership participation opportunities in the association. Coalitions serve as an information and consultative resource for ACHA members and other communities of interest, and help create informational and educational resources, guidelines, and/or best practices. They are available to advise the Board of Directors on relevant policy issues and plan, solicit, or facilitate programming at ACHA and affiliate annual meetings.