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The Alliance Conversation Series
The Power of Allyship Part II: Exploring the Impact of Donation & Transplantation in the LGTBQ+ Community

Presented on: Tuesday, June 21, 2022

The Alliance Conversation Series brings you cost-free, fast-paced collaborative opportunities that highlight successful donation and transplantation practices across the country. Through shared insight, multidisciplinary experts identify solutions to critical challenges affecting the community of practice and actively share them for open discussion and broader knowledge of effective practices.

The sessions encourage real-time feedback and participation from viewers.

Overview: Respecting and appropriately addressing one’s identity as an individual is a critical part of delivering effective and compassionate patient care. In this session, we will have an open discussion of our understanding of gender and any personal biases we may have as a result of the heteronormative society we live in. Our presenters will offer insight into the significance of allyship as it relates to supporting patients and families within the LGBTQ+ community. During the discussion, we will delve into the gender transition journey and offer ways to navigate one’s gender identity to appropriately honor their wishes, while balancing the wishes of their loved ones.

Added Learning Opportunity (optional) We encourage you to continue with us for an optional 30-minute Breakout Session that will take place following this session at 3pm ET/2pm CT/ 1pm MT/12 pm PT. These breakout discussions will serve as a value opportunity to connect with your peers in the community in small, collaborative groups and apply lessons learned from the general session. Following the breakout session, we will reconvene with our speakers to share key insights and strategies identified.

BREAKOUT DISCUSSION: The breakout sessions will provide participants an opportunity to engage in a deeper discussion about gender identify (e.g., appropriate pronouns) and identify potential strategies to do a more effective job at mitigating the health disparities impacting patients within the LGBTQ+ community. We will also have an opportunity to explore our own biases and identify ways we can potentially overcome them in a collective effort to appropriately support all of our patients and families.


  • Define allyship and discuss the core concepts related to being an ally.
  • Recognize allyship accountability in the field of donation and transplantation and how to take action. (e.g., policies, MELD score, etc.)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of gender, personal biases, and the implications of a heteronormative society.
  • Employ resources and tools provided by presenters, to begin improving understanding, effective communication, and support to family and patients in the LGBTQ+ community.
Marisa Hemenez
Marisa Hemenez
Program Manager, Learning and Development, DEI Consultant

Transplant Center Professionals, Organ Procurement Organization Professionals, Quality Improvement Professionals and Leadership, OPO and Transplant Center Leadership, Directors, Managers, Clinicians, Front-line staff and Individuals interested in improving relationships between OPO and Transplant programs.

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education credits are no longer available for this learning opportunity.

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