Edgy conference

Jen Rivers
Jen Rivers
Associate in Private Practice
Jen Rivers
Jen Rivers, (she/her/hers), BA, MSW, ASW, was awarded her Master of Social Work from California State University, Northridge in May 2021. She began her social work career volunteering with the Los Angeles LGBT Center working on outreach, phone banks, and campaigns for legislation(s). She has worked on several campaigns, such as SB-219 - Long-term care facilities: rights of residents, SB-918 - Homeless Youth Act of 2018, and AB-2119 - Foster care: gender affirming health care and mental health care. She also lobbied for $17.5 million in funding to create the Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer Women’s Health Equity Fund, signed by Governor Gavin Newsom in 2019. Most recently she was chosen to be a Clinton Global Initiative Scholar, which is a global mentorship program for emerging student leaders to create and implement solutions to the world's challenges. She is passionate about LGBTQIA+ policy, social justice, activism, and research. She is currently seeking publication of her research and seeing clients in a private practice setting under a licensed clinical social worker.


Mandating LGBTQIA+ Continuing Education Requirements for All Healthcare Providers
Very new research is indicating that LGBTQIA+ youth, nicknamed Generation Z (Gen Z), those born from the mid-to-late 1990s to the early 2010s, are increasingly identifying as non-cisgender and non-heterosexual. Research also indicates that healthcare providers’ education surrounding LGBTQIA+ patients is consistently lacking. In general, LGBTQIA+ patients, including Gen Z, face barriers to equitable care. This includes mistreatment, discrimination, and denial of services. Even if LGBTQIA+ patients do not experience overt discrimination, they may experience non-affirming care. To address these concerns, the Washington D.C. City Council passed legislation, called the LGBTQ Cultural Competency Continuing Education Amendment Act in 2016. This legislation states that any health occupation licensed, registered, or certified must now include 2 hours of specialized clinical training focusing on patients who identify as LGBTQIA+ or question their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. This legislation is the first of its kind in the United States. This workshop will introduce the LGBTQ Cultural Competency Continuing Education Amendment Act and explore the implications for healthcare providers and LGBTQIA+ patients.