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. Please search by last name in the Membership Directory to locate an email address or contact them through the online member forum ACHA Connect [login required].
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
- 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
Julie Yingling, MAE, RN, BA
The University of Findlay
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.