MA, OTR/L, CHT, CLT
|Harry Reyes Nieva|
Three members of the BWHC community received LGBT Leadership Awards at an event commemorating National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11 in Bornstein Amphitheater.
BWFH President Michael Gustafson, MD, MBA, who serves as executive co-sponsor of the BWHC LGBT & Allies Employee Resource Group (ERG), presented the inaugural LGBT Leadership Awards to Carrie Braverman, MSW, LICSW, HIV clinical social worker; Kerstin Palm, MA, OTR/L, CHT, CLT, outpatient rehabilitation services manager at BWFH; and Harry Reyes Nieva, predoctoral research fellow and research manager in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care and the Division of Urology.
Among her many contributions to LGBT leadership, Braverman is the founder of the BWHC LGBT & Allies ERG, in which she continues to participate as a member and provide feedback. She was an active member of the Partners HealthCare working group focused on collecting sexual orientation and gender identity (SO/GI) demographic data in Partners eCare. Braverman also educates staff and the community on LGBT issues via presentations, trainings and serving on panels, including the Transgender Health Panel in May 2016.
Palm and Reyes Nieva successfully led advocacy efforts for the inclusion of SO/GI data among demographics routinely collected in Partners eCare and formed an interdisciplinary, Partners-wide working group overseeing the build in Epic prior to rollout across all Partners sites. They also led development of a Gender Transition Policy for both BWH and BWFH staff. This policy identifies the process for addressing the needs and issues that arise in the workplace when a transgender employee transitions during his or her employment at BWHC. Palm and Reyes Nieva served as co-chairs of the BWHC LGBT & Allies ERG from 2014 to 2016.