EXETER — Several area healthcare organizations have partnered to present a virtual screening of “Gen Silent”, a critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary about LGBTQ older adults.

In their commitment to equity and professional development, Core Physicians, a community based, multi-specialty group practice affiliated with Exeter Hospital, has collaborated with the Foundation for Health Communities and Southern NH Area Health Education Center in partnership with NH Alliance for Health Aging andZen Executive, LLC to present the virtual screening.

It will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with gerontologist Dr. Kristen Porter, and special guest, Professor Mel Simms, who is featured in the documentary.

“I am very excited to help bring this documentary to the Granite State for a virtual screening and discussion. Partnering with Dr. Porter and other New Hampshire organizations on this effort has been a wonderful experience,” explains family medicine doctor Bobby Kelly, MD, MPH, who is the physician lead of Core Physicians’ LGBTQ Health services. “LGBTQ individuals, and seniors in particular, face many healthcare inequities which result in significant disparities when compared to the general population. With New Hampshire’s aging population, the presence of this film screening and discussion here in our state couldn’t be more timely.”

The film screening will be held virtually via Zoom on Fri., November 12, 12:00-2:00 p.m.

While the target audience for the free virtual event is hospital leadership and staff, medical, dental, allied health professionals and students, the film and discussion is certainly relevant to a much wider audience including the general public and local civic leaders. At the conclusion of the program, organizers hope participants will be able to cite several disparities found among LGBTQ older adults, describe lived experiences of six LGBTQ older adults followed in the documentary, and discuss how the historical context impacts LGBTQ older adults’ healthcare access.

This presentation will promote an environment of mutual respect, non-discrimination, and be free of bias. Through partnership with the Southern NH Area Health Education Center, continuing education credits will be available to participants. More details can be found on the registration link. This event is free but registration is required at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gen-silent-tickets-170443220260.

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