Header Photo: Doral Chenoweth for the Columbus Dispatch

From our pioneering initiatives to our unwavering commitment to inclusivity and education, we’re proud to share how our impactful work has consistently made headlines and contributed to a healthier and more informed community.

Getting it right: What does it mean to use someone’s correct pronouns?

The experiences of our mental and behavioral health director Lisa Pietrusza (they/them) were featured in a recent article on the importance of respecting one’s pronouns in the medical field from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“Pronouns matter because they affirm who we are, just like our name,” Pietrusza said. “People can work really, really hard to be accepted and seen as their gender. It can be very minimizing to be misgendered.”

Read the full story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to learn more.

‘Pride means everything to us’: Thousands march in Pittsburgh’s Pride Parade

Our presence at Pittsburgh Pride this year was recognized by WPXI, who interviewed outreach content coordinator Linnea Drenning and regional quality improvement administrator Jason Nunez. 

“Pride means everything to us, it’s like our Super Bowl,” said Linnea Drenning.

This story also highlighted our 2024 Pride shirt honoring one of the mothers of Pride, Marsha P. Johnson.

We wouldn’t have pride without her and so we are super proud and honored to be able to wear these and celebrate pride and celebrate her,” said Jason Nunez.

Read the full story on WPXI’s website.

As mpox cases rise, experts urge complete, 2-part vaccinations

According to the CDC, Pennsylvania has reported 64 mpox cases this year, a significant increase from just two cases at the same time last year. The state’s health department plans to emphasize the importance of vaccinations throughout 2024 with an awareness campaign targeting at-risk populations via social media and dating apps.

Cory Haag, the clinic manager at our Pittsburgh location was quoted as a source in this story. He said the best way to curb the spread by addressing barriers, educating patients, and alleviating fears within the LGBTQ+ community that we serve. 

“We’re just happy to be that safe space to catch them,” Haag said.

Read the full story on Stateline’s website.