Thanks for publishing my photos UrbanTurfDC, in Brookland: Where Change and Charm Collide

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Thanks, Urban Turf (@urbanturf_dc) for featuring my photos in this piece on their blog:

With growing development prospects and a blend of artistic flair, Catholic history, academic life, and strong community bonds, Brookland moves forward.

Source: Brookland: Where Change and Charm Collide

For over fifty years, the tower-and-dome façade of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the largest Roman Catholic church in North America, has been the defining icon of DC’s Brookland neighborhood.

While that remains the case, a new symbol is stealing the show: giant white letters painted on the eastern face of the Brookland Works building, stretching almost two floors high, that spell out the neighborhood’s name for all to see.

Bold and larger-than-life, the BROOKLAND sign is representative of the many changes this neighborhood has undergone in recent years, fed by growing development prospects and a blend of artistic flair, Catholic history, academic life, and strong community bonds.

Theirs published the same day I published my version of my trip, which you can read about below.

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As I’ve mentioned previously, I don’t do commissioned work, or any type of photography for payment. I’ve made an exception in this case because

  • I love Washington, DC
  • Payment is being directed to a vital community organization supporting LGBTQ and all humans in the Capital, Casa Ruby (@CasaRubyDC)

Although it’s not technically in Brookland, the Mother Teresa Missionaries of Charity exists in close proximity, and to this day I remember Ruby telling us the story of her volunteer work at the Missionary during the AIDS crisis in Washington, DC – a time when the Missionary was protested because neighborhood residents believed HIV could be spread through the air.

If anything, my walk by the houses of the people who led in a world that didn’t want to reaffirms that our generation is changing everything, as generations before us did. It’s how a clock works, it only goes forward 🙂

If you want to pinpoint the landmarks on a map, here you go.

See Post: Photo Friday: Brookland, Washington, DC USA – An amazing journey through American History

#PSOTU2016 : My Story

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Community colleagues Claudia Williams (@ClaudiaWilliams), Nick Dawson (@NickDawson) and I hosted a delightful gathering in Arlington, Virgina for People’s State of the Union (#PSOTU2016), “AN ANNUAL CIVIC RITUAL AND PARTICIPATORY ART PROJECT” supported by the US Department of Arts and Culture (@USartsdept).

The suggested themes for stories are below. We slightly modified them to be about health.

  • Share a story you think the next President absolutely needs to hear.
  • Share a story about something you have experienced that gave you insight into the state of our union.
  • Share a story about a moment you felt true belonging—or the opposite—in this country.

My story theme was about a time in 2015 that I felt optimistic about health in our country. It has a title that I’ve oft mentioned on this blog:

The World is Learning to Love Better

Since I’m into visuals and social media, my story includes both.

It goes like this.

“What Cis People Say To Trans People Vs. What We Hear” via Buzzfeed

The day before our gathering I saw this cartoon.

In medicine (and society), you could apply it to any group, when people say, “I have no problem with ____ people.”

I heard that a lot about lesbian/gay people, as well as about people with HIV/AIDS, when I was in training.

Actually, I hear it sometimes today, and what I hear is, as the cartoon says, “I have a problem with ____.”

It’s the problem of bias, explicit, and implicit, and it continues to challenge the medical profession.

In that context the story about optimism happens in April, 2015.

April 28, in fact. That warm spring day, we’re hosting a roundtable with the American College of Sports Medicine, with some very senior medical leaders.

My contribution to the day is to lead a few walking meetings. I realize that if we walk to the Supreme Court with these senior medical leaders, we’re going to encounter a huge crowd gathered in front of the Court to support marriage equality on this day (see A few photos taken on the way to the future #SCOTUS #LoveMustWin #WalkingMeeting for the whole scene).

I let everyone know the Supreme Court is going to be “busy.”

We go and when we arrive, one of the medical leaders grabs a sign with a heart shaped rainbow and asks me to take his photo. It’s Pat McBride, MD, the Associate Dean of Student Services, at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. We’ve only met a few hours earlier.

In my mind, I transport myself backward in time 20 years, to a place where it’s not only inappropriate to promote equality as a physician, it’s the end of one’s career. It surely was a scary concept at my medical school.

And so, I jokingly/not-jokingly ask, “Is your Dean going to be okay with me tweeting this photo?”

The response: “Yep.”

And so I tweet it. To the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Who favorite it.

The story ends with us walking back to the our meeting room together and the scientific discourse continues. No one seems to have a problem with LGBTQ people, or their need to have the same opportunities afforded to all humans.

This year and century are filled with unexpected demonstrations of kindness in the medical profession and in health, which are gradually wiping away bias.

The world is really changing. It’s learning to love better. You can see it in the photo.

I love this century 🙂 .

That’s a great state of the union.

SCOTUS 2015 APRIL LGBTQ 54824 – Patrick McBride, M.D., M.P.H, FACC is associate dean of student services at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and is in Washington, DC as part of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)/Kaiser Permanente Roundtable: Call to Action on Making Physical Activity Assessment and Prescription a Standard of Medical Care

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Doctors are allies in the 21st Century

It was a great joy to co-host the Community Clinician Roundtable – Care of Transgender Patients with the National Center for Transgender Equality (@TransEquality) at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health (@KPTotalHealth) yesterday.

The care of people who are transgender requires a multidisciplinary approach, and as I mention in my intro slides below, clinicians (and attorneys) who are in this space are by definition working in the future of health care. Transgender person health has a specific reliance on a strong medical-legal partnership, because our society has placed restrictions on the access and realization of a person’s gender identity that’s dependent on the clinician role. It’s just the way it is today.

And… “doctor as ally” should be the norm all around for all humans. I have called myself an ally for at least a year now, and now I know it means a lot more than being a health advocate – it means being a part of a team in a health system, a partner in society to end special mistreatment of people and promote good health for all.

Being an ally also carries a special responsibility which is, at times, to experience the same bias that the people you serve face. Allies get included in hostile attitudes/behaviors through association. This is why it’s a special honor that I have enjoyed, and why I have special respect for someone who identifies as “ally.” Sometimes allies are marginalized in subtle ways – it’s like we are the only people in a room full of strangers. The photo above says that that’s just a feeling – there’s a whole room of just allies. You’re welcome in any time 🙂 .

Thanks a ton to all the surgeons, physicians, therapists, nurses, office managers, policy experts who are standing with and for every human being as they achieve their life goals through optimal health. We are your #allies!

Crowdsource Request: Being a transgender ally and unconscious bias

Save the Date: : 2nd Annual LGBTI Health Symposium, Southern California Permanente Medical Group

As I do from time to time, I’m requesting help for a discussion I’m honored to lead/participate in at the 2nd annual LGBTI (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex) Health Symposium, hosted by the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (and is open to all), on May 2-3, 2014. The very first one was last year, see: Clinicians from the future practice the medicine of inclusion – Kaiser Permanente LGBT Health Symposium | Ted Eytan, MD

The theme of this year’s symposium is unconscious bias, sometimes called implicit bias (which you can learn a lot about here). I have started to learn about implicit bias and it’s pretty clear a person could (and does) earn a PhD in studying it, so my goal will not be to discuss implicit bias as an expert.

Instead, I’d like to recount my (amazing) journey as a transgender ally. I didn’t ask to be an ally, I didn’t know what it was to be an ally (you can read about that here at the University of Southern California web site), I think it asked me.

I’m not finding much literature on implicit bias around transgender people, much less implicit bias around allies. I’m not looking to discuss bias directed toward allies, more to discuss the bias I have seen directed toward minorities as an ally. Make sense? 

With that in mind I have some questions that I’d love help with, please respond in the comments or tweet me (@tedeytan) or contact me directly.

  • Do you have experience as an ally, for any LGBTI group, and/or people who are transgender?
  • If so, what has it been like? Have you encountered bias toward yourself or toward the people you are supporting? If you would, write about an experience or experiences you’ve had.
  • What would you most want to learn / dialogue about in a discussion about implicit bias and people who are transgender?
  • Do you know of any articles/people/resources that would be useful, specifically for allies, specifically for people who are transgender?
  • Do you have any information on changing implicit bias toward people who are transgender?
  • If you are not an ally but know one, what have you observed?
  • And finally…(well, nothing’s final): How would you title a session like this? 

Post away in the comments, either answers, or more questions. I’ll be writing more as I learn.

And, in preparation, I created a photographic journey of my ally-ness, which now has spanned almost 3 years. Like I said above, it’s been amazing – the people, the experiences, the beauty of the human spirit…

Leadership and Professional Ethics | Dana Beyer – Huffington Post

Leadership and Professional Ethics | Dana Beyer – Huffington Post.

Great post by colleague Dana Beyer, MD (@DanaBeyerMD), and not just because I am quoted 🙂

I’m in agreement with her. In practice, I say it is the physician’s role to bring the patient story into every conversation. Our other role is to create an environment where the patient can be heard, and then let them speak for themselves.

In the same piece, she also touched on what it means to be in the sausage making of creating change, which I mentioned yesterday ( see: Thanks for publishing my photo about equality, | Ted Eytan, MD).

On an occasional basis, people ask me how they can be exposed to innovative ideas/thoughts/people. It’s in places where this is happening, often because most people don’t want to be there. That and the world belongs to optimists, pessimists are bystanders :).

Thanks for a year of great writing, Dana.