Serving the People Behind the Letters: LGBTQ Cultural Awareness

This session prepares staff to provide high quality services to LGBTQ people. We will cover the language of gender identity and sexual orientation; learn about the health disparities and specific challenges faced by sexual- and gender- minorities in accessing care; review the way structural barriers (racism, xenophobia, ableism, etc) may have intersecting impacts on members of these groups who have overlapping identities; and practice ways to be receptive and supportive of all our clients.

To schedule this training at your organization or for more information, please contact Rachel Weidenfeld, MSW, MPH: Phone: 857.399.1915 x2423  Email:


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Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.