MNA 2023 Spring Education Day

“See Me as a Person”: A Path to Providing Culturally Congruent Care

Date: June 1, 2023
Time: 1:00pm – 5:30pm
Venue: Lansing Community College, West Campus, 5708 Cornerstone Dr, Lansing, MI 48917


This live, in-person event will provide nurses and other healthcare professionals with knowledge on how to provide culturally congruent care to diverse populations with a focus on the health care of the LGBTQ+ population. Attendees will hear from four dynamic health care experts who will not only share their expertise but will help nurses understand and recognize  health care barriers affecting the LGBTQ+ population including implicit bias and the impact these variables have on patient care outcomes. Nurses and other healthcare professionals will also be equipped with knowledge related to holistic nursing and the event will conclude with a self-care session for healthcare professionals; a great ending to a great afternoon!



KEYNOTE: Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH
Dean, Rutgers School of Public Health

Perry N Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH, is an infectious disease epidemiologist, public health psychologist applied statistician, researcher, educator, and advocate. Dr. Halkitis is currently Dean, Hunterdon Professor of Public Health & Health Equity, and Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics at the Rutgers School of Public Health. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies (CHIBPS) and a primary member of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the Global Health Institute. He holds the status of Professor Emeritus at the College of Global Public Health at New York University.

For three decades, the focus of his research has been on the emergence, prevention, and treatment of infectious diseases, specifically, HIV, HPV, and other sexually transmitted infections, and more recently SARS-CoV-2 and MPV. Throughout his career, Dr. Halkitis has been on the forefront of fighting for the rights of those infected with and affected by HIV, as well as being an outspoken advocate for the rights and health of the LGBTQ+ population. 

Professor and immediate Past Dean
College of Nursing, Michigan State University

Dr. Randolph Rasch is Professor and the 9th and immediate past dean of the Michigan State University College of Nursing. Dr. Rasch has over thirty years of experience teaching in BSN, MSN, DNP and PhD programs in nursing. He has published and presented in the areas of primary care, HIV risk reduction, and diversity in health care education and clinical practice. A Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP), a Distinguished Scholar, and Fellow, in the National Academies of Practice (FNAP) and Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), Dr. Rasch holds the distinction of being the first African American male graduate of the nursing program at Andrews University and the first African American male masters prepared nurse practitioner (a graduate of the FNP program at Vanderbilt School of Nursing). He is the first African American male to hold the PhD in nursing and was the first African American male public health nurse in the State of Michigan.


Kristi Jo Wilson, PhD, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, CAFCI
Associate Professor of Nursing
Director of RN-BSN and Professional Education Programs
School of Nursing, University of Michigan-Flint

Dr. Kristi Wilson has been a nurse for just short of 40 years. Her experience includes medical surgical nursing, pre and post operative nursing, endocrinology, acupuncture, vascular, quality assurance, recruitment and retention, administration, and nursing education. When asked why she loves nursing, Dr. Wilson notes: “I was born to be a nurse, and I continue to become excited about nursing, even with the trials and tribulations that come with health care.” She is a staunch advocate for holism and how nurses construct that idea within the various contexts of health care


Heather Kirkpatrick, Ph.D., MSCP, ABPP
Director of Clinical Health Psychology Fellowship
Director of Behavioral Science for Internal Medicine
Licensed Psychologist |  Board Certified in Clinical Health Psychology
Ascension Genesys Hospital

Dr. Heather Kirkpatrick is a fully licensed psychologist in the State of Michigan, having earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at University of Illinois in 1998. She has served as the Director of Behavioral Science for Internal Medicine
since 2001, and in 2021, became the Director of the Psychology Fellowship.  Dr. Kirkpatrick is currently an Assistant
Professor in the departments of Family Medicine (Michigan State University College of Human Medicine) and Internal Medicine (Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine). 
She is board certified in Clinical Health Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.  She regularly speaks to physicians and nurses about wellness and resilience topics.

Key Objectives

  1. Understand different health disparities and health care challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ population.
  2. Synthesize culturally informed assessment and nursing care strategies that are congruent with equitable care for the LGBTQ+ population in healthcare settings.
  3. Understand unconscious biases and the social -historical contexts that impact provider-patient communication and quality of patient care.
  4. Describe holism and its impact on nursing care
  5. Synthesize a beginning self-care practice to build personal resiliency skills

Contact hours

Nurses who attend all four sessions in their entirety and complete each session evaluation will be awarded up to 4.0 continuing education contact hours.

Successful completion criteria

  1. Complete pre-assessment as provided at registration
  2. Attend all four live presentations in their entirety
  3. Successfully complete post session evaluation for each presentation

Activity Outcome

For all 4 sessions: 80% of participants will report that each session provided information that enhanced or validated current knowledge.

Relevant Financial Relationships and Commercial bias

No relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or commercial bias exist for anyone in the position to control content for this activity.



In person registration deadline is May 22nd.

The Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation