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Ask a Peer Mentor: LGBTQ+ and the ACHD Experience #ACHACares
As part of ACHA's ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, it is important to create opportunities to discuss topics pertinent to every patient in the CHD community. To conclude Pride Month, join Dr. Stephen Cook and ACHA Peer Mentors Ken W. and Kim E., both adults living with CHD, as they discuss their own personal experiences as part of the CHD and LGBTQ+ communities.

While CHD affects 1 in 100 individuals regardless of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, or gender, each person's journey with CHD is different. In addition to type of defect and surgery, personal experiences and attributes, such as race, sexual orientation and gender identity can also influence how someone accesses and receives healthcare. According to the latest Gallup poll, around 5.6% of U.S. adults identify as LGBTQ+. Underrepresented minorities, including not only sexual and gender minorities, but also adults with CHD, often face disparities and bias in healthcare resulting in additional stressors that may impact patient well-being and health outcomes.

Register for this webinar today to learn more from our speakers and for the opportunity to ask them questions.

Jun 30, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Stephen Cook, MD, FACC
Director, IU Health Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program
Stephen Cook MD, FACC (he/him) is the Director of the IU Health Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program. He is board certified in pediatric cardiology, adult cardiovascular medicine and adult congenital heart disease (ACHD). Dr. Cook earned his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA. He completed a combined internal medicine and pediatric residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA followed by combined pediatric and adult cardiology fellowships at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Cook served on ACHA’s Task Force on ACHD Health Disparities and Diversity and has also been selected by the American College of Cardiology to serve on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. The goal of this committee is to harness the power of diversity to advance patient care and improve health equity among unique patient populations.
Ken W.
ACHA Peer Mentor
Ken (he/him) is a CHD survivor and advocate and a Peer Mentor with ACHA. He has undergone two open heart surgeries for tetralogy of Fallot, but he refuses to let his CHD hold him back. He is an avid cyclist and hiker, having completed multiple long-distance treks both in the saddle and on foot. Professionally, Ken works full-time in philanthropy; he is also a certified life coach and personal trainer.
Kim E.
ACHA Peer Mentor
Kim (she/her) is a CHD survivor and longtime advocate and Peer Mentor with ACHA. Born with transposition of the great vessels, pulmonary stenosis and ventricular septal defect, Kim underwent her fourth open-heart surgery in 2019. She stays busy running her child care business, raising her three daughters with her wife Karen and enjoying hikes with their two crazy dogs.