Available Until 3/16/2025

Affirming Pharmacist Care: Understanding Disparities and Creating an Inclusive Environment for Sexual and Gender Minorities

This activity is part of the ASHP Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Educational Series: Transforming Awareness into Action.

ACPE Number: 0204-0000-22-405-H04-P & T
Release Date: March 22, 2022
Expiration Date: March 16, 2025
Activity Type: Application-based
CE Credit: 1.25 contact hour(s)
Activity Fee: Free of charge

This activity is a recording of a live webinar and those who claimed credit for the live activity should not also claim credit for this home study activity.

Activity Overview

This activity will begin with an introduction to the terminology needed to provide inclusive care for sexual and gender minorities (SGMs). Faculty will also explore health disparities experienced by SGMs and their underlying social determinants of health. Learn how to assess your own health system’s practices related to inclusivity and apply strategies to create an affirming environment for SGM patients, colleagues, and trainees.

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This activity was planned to meet the educational needs of health-system pharmacy staff, faculty at colleges of pharmacy, preceptors.

After participating in this CPE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Differentiate common terminology used to describe gender identities and sexual orientations, including the acronym components of LGBTQ+.
  • Identify social determinants of health that contribute to healthcare disparities experienced by sexual and gender minorities.
  • Assess practice sites for inclusivity and an affirming environment for LGBTQ+ colleagues, pharmacy trainees, and patients.
  • Develop a multi-faceted approach to create and improve cultural competency related to LGBTQ+ persons.

Alex R. Mills, PharmD, BCACP, AAHIVP (He/Him/His)
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice (HIV, LGBTQ+ Health)
University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy - Jackson Campus
Co-Director, Center for Gender and Sexual Minority Health
Clinical Pharmacist, Director of Clinical Operations - TEAM Clinic
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Jackson, Mississippi

Dr. Alex Mills (he/him/his) is an assistant professor at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in Jackson, Mississippi. He earned his Pharm.D from Purdue University in 2017, completed a PGY1 community-based residency with Walgreens and Purdue in Indianapolis, Indiana, followed by a PGY2 ambulatory care residency with The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. Dr. Mills serves as director of clinical services for the University of Mississippi Medical Center's "TEAM" clinic, which provides primary and gender-affirming care to persons of the LGBTQ+ community, and is co-director of the Center for Sexual and Gender Minority Health for the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Kyle Melin, PharmD, MSc, BCPS, AE-C
Associate Professor
School of Pharmacy
Medical Sciences Campus -University of Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Dr. Kyle Melin is an Associate Professor at University of Puerto Rico School of Pharmacy. He is an ambulatory care clinician and researcher in the fields of personalized medicine and substance use disorders. Dr. Melin’s formative research to understand practicing pharmacists' readiness to provide care for transgender patients informs his continuing educations for practicing pharmacists in this area. He is a passionate advocate for making healthcare more equitable and affirming for sexual and gender minorities.


Michael Wolcott, Pharm.D., Ph.D., BCPS, BCIDPS
Director of Educational Resources and Scholarship
University of North Carolina Adams School of Dentistry
Assistant Professor
University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 

Dr. Wolcott is the Director of Educational Resources and Scholarship at the University of North Carolina Adams School of Dentistry. In this role, he supports faculty to optimize teaching and learning, enhance their teaching experience, and inspire educational scholarship. He completed his Ph.D. in education at the UNC School of Education specializing in the learning sciences and psychological studies. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy followed by a pharmacy practice residency at Duke University Hospital, where he worked as a clinical infectious diseases pharmacist. Michael is also a clinical assistant professor in the Center for Innovative Pharmacy Education and Research (CIPhER) at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy where he supports educational research initiatives within the School. Michael’s research focuses on creative problem-solving, curriculum change management, preceptor development, and assessment. 

No one in control of the content of this activity has a relevant financial relationship (RFR) with an ineligible company. 

As defined by the Standards of Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education definition of ineligible company. All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated prior to the CPE activity.

Participants must participate in the entire activity, complete the evaluation and all required components to claim continuing pharmacy education credit online at ASHP eLearning Portal.  Follow the prompts to claim credit and view your statement of credit within 60 days of completing the activity. 

Important Note – ACPE 60 Day Deadline:

Per ACPE requirements, CPE credit must be claimed within 60 days of being earned. To verify that you have completed the required steps and to ensure your credits have been reported to CPE Monitor, check your NABP eProfile account to validate that your credits were transferred successfully before the ACPE 60-day deadline.   After the 60 day deadline, ASHP will no longer be able to award credit for this activity.

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