Education and Trainings

Ensuring welcoming, affirming, & empowering health care for all.

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For health and human service organizations, schools, and employers seeking to create a culture of inclusion and reduce LGBT social and health inequities, we are here to help.

From producing fully-accredited, continuing education symposiums open to all health care professionals, to working with clients to design and implement individualized trainings and programs,  to direct training with prescribing clinicians, the LGBT Health Equity Training Team offers expert, innovative, and accessible education on a variety of topics, including:

  • Inclusion and equity
  • Fundamentals of LGBT healthcare
  • LGBT social and health inequities
  • Identifying and addressing implicit bias
  • Collecting and utilizing sexual orientation/gender identity (SOGI) data
  • Understanding gender identity
  • Transgender healthcare across the lifespan

The LGBT Health Equity Training Team will work with you to build a culture of inclusivity, empowering your teams to confidently provide care for our diverse LGBT communities. 

“The LGBT Health Equity Training Team has provided training to Hearts and Homes for Youth over the past several years. Their training is exceptional and allowed staff to grow professionally. I highly recommend their trainings.”

--Chloe Perez, LCSW-C, LICSW, President and CEO, Hearts & Homes for Youth, Burtonsville, MD.

Meet Our Team

Kate Bishop, MSSA (she/her), Education Coordinator at the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton, is a seasoned professional development trainer with expertise in working with LGBTQ populations, sexual and reproductive health care, adolescent development, intimate partner violence, and sexual trauma. She is certified as a trainer through GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) as well as SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders). 

Before joining the Chase Brexton team, she developed the capacity building program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s STAR TRACK Adolescent HIV program, providing cultural responsiveness trainings for agencies that serve sexual minority youth of color. Ms. Bishop holds a Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies from Hiram College and a Masters in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University.

Deborah Dunn, PAC, MBA (she/her) is a family practice physician assistant and the Trans Health Coordinator of the LGBT Resource Center for Chase Brexton Health Care. In addition to graduating from Howard University’s physician assistant program in 1983, she holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins University. In her specialty, Transgender and Gender Diverse Adult Primary Care, Dunn has completed the courses towards certification for WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health).

In her position at Chase Brexton, Dunn provides leadership and coordination of care for 4000 transgender-identified patients, establishes best practices for medical transgender care, trains other medical providers, provides consultation to external organizations on transgender-related issues including employee transition, engages in advocacy at the state level, and identifies research and funding opportunities related to transgender care. She recently served on a national team of expert transgender medical professionals to write guidelines for treating and prescribing medications for adults and adolescents who were transitioning. She also was part of the team that wrote Gender Joy (Journeys of Youth), a multidisciplinary program written for trans/gender diverse youth, adolescents, and families, which since its launch on January 1, 2017 has 1400 patients. She has presented at numerous national conferences, engaged in strategic planning with several nonprofit organizations, and volunteered throughout the local community. Dunn was named the Physician Assistant of the year 2018, awarded by MAPA (Maryland Academy of Physician Assistants).

Monte Ephraim, LCSW-C (she/her), is the manager of Psychosocial Services and Older Adult Programming in the LGBT Health Resource Center at Chase Brexton. She grew up in Baltimore City and continues to live there today. Monte is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She has worked in human service for over 30 years from children and adolescents to elder programming with a multigenerational focus. Her work spans from advocacy to direct support.  
Monte’s training is focused on, but not limited to, trauma-informed Care and LGBT aging. Over the years she has provided training and workshops to schools, organizations, communities while participating and presenting at conferences ranging from the Child Welfare League of America to Geriatrics and Gerontology, University of Maryland, Baltimore and The Johns Hopkins Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program.

Monte advocates for all to know that survivors and those not yet diagnosed are more than a statistic or a suppressed viral load, their shared experience provides a voice individually and/or in a group that promotes resiliency.

Sam McClure (she/her) serves as the Director of the LGBT Health Resource Center at Chase Brexton Health Care. She is a passionate champion of the center’s important mission: to provide health information and resources to Baltimore’s LGBTQ community.

In her previous role as Senior Vice President of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), McClure led affiliate relations, external affairs, public policy and advocacy, and supplier diversity teams, as well as serving as part of the organization’s executive leadership team.  

McClure is a nationally recognized keynote speaker, commentator, panelist, and a subject matter expert on LGBTQ Economic Development and Health Equity. An award-winning strategist, she created the LGBT Business Builder initiative (a collaboration between the NGLCC and the US Small Business Administration) and built local collaboration models in thirteen (13) cities. This program ultimately won a “Bright Idea Award” from Harvard University. In June of 2019, McClure was named one of 48 Legacy Leaders by BEQ Magazine in recognition of our impact in Non-Profit and Community Development.

McClure has a wealth of experience and expertise in the areas of: Team Leadership and Training, Resource Development, Program Planning and Development, Public Policy, Advanced Business Negotiation Skills, Organizational Development, and Entrepreneurship.

Sam is dedicated to leading the LGBT Health Resource Center’s efforts to improve healthcare access and outcomes for all LGBTQ people in the Baltimore region and beyond.


Elyse Pine, MD (she/her) is a board-certified pediatric endocrinologist and Trans Youth Lead Physician at Chase Brexton Health Care in Maryland.  She earned her BA in English and Natural Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland OH, and her MD at Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her pediatrics residency training at the Mount Sinai Hospital in NY and moved to the Baltimore area for fellowship training in pediatric endocrinology at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Pine began working with gender variant children and adolescents while serving as an assistant professor at University of Maryland Medical Center.  Transgender care has been the most interesting, exciting and rewarding part of her clinical practice.  Dr. Pine is the Trans Youth Lead Physician of the Gender JOY (Journeys of Youth) Program at Chase Brexton, which serves over 1400 transgender and gender diverse youth from ages 4-26.  She has published research and clinical articles related to transgender care and lectures frequently.