A BIT ABOUT US

Yes to providers who understand our needs as LGBTQ+ individuals.

We started Healthcare Allies of Massachusetts Corporation to improve healthcare access for LGBTQ+ individuals in our own community. We are researching and creating an educational program for physicians and mental health professionals to educate them about the specific health needs of the LGBTQ+ community. After completing our education program, physicians and mental health providers are certified by us as healthcare allies of the LGBTQ+ community. They will sign a promise to uphold the highest standard of affirmative care based on the teachings of the educational program. By listing these health care providers on our website and creating a resource where you can find a doctor or therapist who understands your unique needs, we are getting one step closer to reducing health disparities in our Massachusetts LGBTQ+ community.

 

OUR BOARD

Committed to improving LGBTQ+ healthcare

KATHRYN HENSHAW

Founder, President

Kathryn is a future physician who experienced discrimination at her doctor’s office when she revealed her sexuality. Because of this experience, she felt like there was more that she could do in her own community of Southeastern Massachusetts to make sure that this doesn't happen to other LGBTQ+ people. She is passionate about connecting people to affirmative providers because she knows the impact that having a positive experience at the doctor's office can make.

PATRICK SHIPMAN

Vice President

Patrick has just completed his Master’s of Science in Public Health and is beginning medical school. Through his public health education and experience observing the field of psychiatry, he has learned of the health disparities that the LBGTQ+ community face and how that can impact ones’ life. In his career as a physician and public health practitioner, Patrick works with Healthcare Allies of Massachusetts Corporation to fight for the best health care and the best health outcomes for the LGBTQ+ community.

CAROLINA RIVERA

Director

Carolina is a future physician and ally within the LGBTQ+ community. She has witnessed discrimination against her close friends and relatives who belong to the community and wants to join the fight against this injustice. She is passionate about being a director for Healthcare Allies of Massachusetts Corporation because she believes that physicians are civil servants who are educated in helping ALL human beings. She is committed to ending LGBTQ+ discrimination within the healthcare system.

NEHA KOTHA

Director

Neha is a MHA candidate at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Her undergraduate career focused on Public Health, and through this career path, she was able to work extensively with the South Miami LGBTQ+ community. Her work there has allowed her knowledge and passion to grow, and she believes in the positive impact this project will have on others.

 

OUR WHY

Creating a new kind of community in healthcare.

Click below to learn about the principles that guided our mission to improve healthcare for all LBGTQ+ individuals in Massachusetts.

 

Increasing access to LGBTQ+ affirmative healthcare providers.

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