Safe Space Ally Training for the Athletic Trainer 2024

Safe Space Ally Training for the Athletic Trainer 2024

The purpose of this presentation is to provide Safe Space Ally Training (SSAT) to our membership. This workshop will explore the concepts of heterosexism, homonegativity, and sociocultural environmental impacts on the LGBTQIA+ community. The program will review the health and healthcare disparities of LGBTQIA+ persons and prepare ATs to integrate best practices in providing equitable healthcare to LGBTQIA+ patients. The session will identify qualities of an ally and advocate of LGBTQIA+ persons for those working in the athletic training profession to create an environment of inclusivity and respect. Participants will explore the concept of biases and how those affect the care that we provide. By identifying the intrinsic cultural differences and the health-care disparities of the LGBTQIA+ community, clinicians will be prepared to assess health-care disparities and recommend appropriate referrals to their patients. Using reflective activities, this presentation will provide the resources, education and critical thinking needed to prepare athletic trainers to work respectfully in diverse work environments, specifically as it relates to LGBTQIA+ healthcare professionals and patients. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Define terminology related to the LGBTQIA+ community. 
  • Discover their own biases related to heterosexism and homonegativity. 
  • Describe the relationship between the social determinants of health and existing health and healthcare disparities experienced by members of the LGBTQIA+ community.   
  • Integrate the qualities of an ally and advocate to support members of the LGBTQIA+ community. 
  • Create an environment of inclusivity within their athletic training facility and/or classroom supporting members of the LGBTQIA+ community. 
  • Integrate best practices in providing equitable healthcare to LGBTQIA+ patients, including proper referrals, for this population. 
  • Explore NATA and internet resources to advocate for the LGBTQIA+ person. 


Domain 1: Risk Reduction Wellness and Health Literacy 
Domain 2: Assessment Evaluation and Diagnosis 
Domain 3: Critical Incident Management 
Domain 4: Therapeutic Intervention 
Domain 5: Health Care Administration and Professional Responsibility

2.0 Category A

Keywords: ally, LGBTQIA+, DEIA, health disparities, advocate, equitable health care, safe space, TGD, gender identity, gender expression, inclusivity, 

Jen Sturtevant, MBA, LAT, ATC

Jen Sturtevant (she/her) serves as the Ambulatory Services Supervisor, which includes coordinating the outreach athletic training program, for Tufts Medicine at MelroseWakefield Hospital in the Greater Boston area of Massachusetts. Jen is the current chair of the NATA LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee, current District 1 chair on the NATA Foundation Board of Directors, member of the MIAA Sports Medicine Committee and co-chairs MelroseWakefield Hospital’s DEI and Employee Engagement & Wellness Committees. She has a passion for working towards creating an inclusive and equitable environment for patients, employees, student-athletes, and community members and has provided educational presentations on topics such as transgender & gender diverse care in the secondary school setting, inclusive leadership and social determinants of health.

Meredith N. Decker, PhD, LAT, ATC, PES

Meredith Decker (she/her) is a Clinical Associate Professor and Coordinator of Clinical Education in the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program at the University of Texas at Arlington. She received her BS in Athletic Training from California University of Pennsylvania, MS in Exercise Physiology from Kent State University, and PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to her tenure at UT-Arlington, she was an Athletic Training Resident at Texas Health Sports Medicine, where she worked in the rehabilitation clinic and with TCU Athletics. Meredith’s research activities involve ACL reconstruction and osteoarthritis, concussion outcomes and LGBTQIA+ population health. Meredith currently serves as the District 6 representative to the NATA LGBTQ+ Committee, where she works on social media, Town Hall, and Safe Space Ally Training efforts. She resides in Fort Worth, Texas with her wife Halee and their son Arlo.

Sean Rogers, DAT, LAT, ATC

Dr. Sean Rogers (he/him) is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Clinical Education for the Master of Athletic Training program at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He earned a bachelor's degree at Washington State University in 2015 and his Doctorate in Athletic Training from Indiana State in 2017. With a passion for advocacy, he was founding member of the LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. Dr. Rogers focuses the majority of his teaching, research, and volunteerism on combating the health and health disparities faced by LGBTQIA+ patients and athletes. He has published numerous papers and presented at multiple conferences on topics related to social determinants of health, intersectionality, gender affirming care for transgender patients, and policy guidance for athletic administrators.

Jodee Roberts, DAT, LAT, ATC

Jodee Roberts (she/her) has been practicing as an Athletic Trainer and a full-time teacher in the secondary school setting for 11 years. In 2013, she graduated with her bachelor’s in athletic training from Eastern Washington University with her studies in MRSA on sports equipment. She earned her Doctorate in Athletic Training from Indiana State University in 2021, with her published research in the Health Literacy of Hispanic Collegiate Athletes. She currently works and lives in the Wenatchee Valley in Washington State with her wife, 8-year-old daughter, 4 dogs and 3 cats. She enjoys gardening on her acre of land right across the street from the Columbia River where she often sea-doos and paddleboards. Her passion in life is creating environments where all people can be "heard" and "seen."

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