This page contains various projects, presentations, and resources that I have completed and collaborated on. It includes academic works, group projects, and blogs from my AmeriCorps service.
Note: the blogs below were written as part of my AmeriCorps service with Cherry Health and Grand Rapids LGBTQ+ Healthcare Consortium; the projects and presentations were completed for assignments during my time at Grand Valley State University. I am sharing them here as the author, not the owner, of these works. Projects/resources that were done personally and are owned by me are labeled as such.
Treating TGNB Patients in a Gendered Practice
During my AmeriCorps service, I collaborated with Cherry Health OBGYN and Workforce Development to create a training for OBGYN staff (and CH staff as a whole) to help prepare them for caring for transgender and non-binary patients. With specialties like OBGYN, TGNB patients face more barriers to care due to the historic gendered assumptions on who receives that kind of care.
GR LGBTQ+ Healthcare Consortium Blogs
Note: these blogs were written as part of my AmeriCorps service with Cherry Health and Grand Rapids LGBTQ+ Healthcare Consortium. I am sharing them here as the author, not the owner, of these works.
Treating the T in LGBTQ+
Assessing Healthcare Workers' Attitudes, Practices, and Readiness to Treat Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender Non-Conforming Patients in West Michigan
Capstone research paper surveying 82 patient-facing healthcare workers in the West Michigan area. The goal of the research was to assess workers' cultural competence/knowledge, personal beliefs and biases, and clinical preparedness for caring and treating TGNB (transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming) patients, since research has historically focused on LGBTQ+ healthcare as a whole and on hubs like San Francisco and New York.
Queering Grand Rapids
How we find and love each other in the Mini Bible Belt: A Zine
As all good things start, this zine came from an assignment for Arly's Identity and Representation in Digital Culture class. An avid member of voids* community, voi wanted to showcase what being queer, gay, trans, non-binary, and not cishet is like in a city surrounded by churches, conservatives, and corn fields.
Pronouns, Culture, and Language
The Growing Use of Gender-Neutral and Neopronouns
Transgender and Non-Binary Healthcare in Michigan
The Impact of Affordability and Discrimination
Accessible Healthcare for the Unhoused
A collaborative project done for WGS 491 with 3 other students, we compiled research and resources for best serving the unhoused community in Grand Rapids, MI. Learn more here.
What are Federally Qualified Health Centers?
Where can I find a FQHC in Grand Rapids?
Catherine's Health Center
Streams of Hope: 280 60th St SE #200 Grand Rapids, MI 49548
Dental Center: 781 36th St SE b, Grand Rapids, MI 49548
Cherry Health (largest FQHC in the area, providing a wide array of services)
Burton Health Center: 2135 Buchanan SW Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Cherry Street Health Center: 550 Cherry St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Heart of the City Health Center: 100 Cherry St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Counseling/Employee Assistance Center: 1400 Leonard St NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Westside Health Center: 669 Stocking NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Wyoming Community Health Center: 2929 Burlingame Ave SW Wyoming, MI 49509
U of M- West/Metro Health
Community Health Center: 781 36th St Wyoming, MI 49548
I'm struggling with addiction, where can I get help?
The Grand Rapids LGBTQ+ Healthcare Consortium has an ever-growing list of providers and specialists that accept LGBTQ+ patients; they have received training or experience, or are a part of the community.
Planned Parenthood offers services focused at LGBTQ+ individuals; their office is located at 425 Cherry St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
I'm living with Hepatitis C, HIV, and/or other high risk diseases, where can I get treatment?
I'm a student/parent of a student struggling with access to preventative care, what options are there?
I don't have consistent transportation, how can I get to my appointments at low to no cost?
Reimagining Public Safety in Grand Rapids
Presented at the 2021 GVSU Teach-in, this presentation hosted engaged discussion on what defunding the police actually means and what it would look like in a Grand Rapids context. The goal is to question what the current funds of the GRPD would go towards and how to imagine our city without police presence.
BIPOC Trans* Women, the Battle for HIV Healthcare, and How to Be an Allied Provider
Be Trans, Throw Hands: A History of Trans-
The way our language develops over time is variable and impacts how we convey our ideas. We may build on previously existing terms or create new words in order to properly get the point across. Trans- is a rather popular prefix within the English language, originating from the Latin word trans. This paper explores the prefix origin into its modern day usage.
Gender Neutrality in the Spanish Language
The visibility of gender non-conforming and non-binary folks in recent years has grown the conversation around gender-neutral language, not just in English, but in other languages as well. In gendered languages like Spanish, what does gender-neutral or inclusive language look like? The academic sphere and anarchist activists are taking vastly different approaches from a linguistic standpoint.