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Immigrant Justice as Health Justice and Combating Disparities in LGBTQI+ Health Care

This is a two-part, in-person CE Class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (6 hours of CE credits). If you’re a UC nurse, an extra hour will be available from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Participants must be in attendance all day to receive the full 6 CEU CE credits, even if they have taken one of the classes prior to the sign-up date. 

Part 1: An Injury to One is an Injury to All: Immigrant Justice as Health Justice


This course will examine immigration status as a social determinant of health. We will explore common health impacts of industries where immigrant labor is dominant and look at recent laws and policies that have impacted or could impact access to care for immigrants.

This course will also examine the struggles that immigrant nurses have faced in the US and the role they have taken in advancing safer and more equitable workplaces. For context, we will survey historical events and policies that have impacted the current laws and regulations surrounding immigrant labor in the US. Finally, we will discuss how nurses can engage in collective action to fight for a just health care system that ensures quality care for all, regardless of citizenship status.


  • Explain why immigration status is a social determinant of health.
  • Describe how the current US health care system blocks access to care for immigrant patients, and how nurses can fight for a more just system.
  • Identify the role immigrant nurse activism has played in securing better workplace conditions for all nurses.

Instructor: Lily Cain

Part 2: Queering Care: How Nurses can Combat Disparities in LGBTQI+ Health and Health Care


This course will examine the unmet health needs and unique health care disparities faced by LGBTQI+ people in the U.S. We will focus on the impacts of institutional discrimination, clinical pathologization, and criminalization on both individual patients and at the public health level. Using the most up-to-date evidence and data, the class will analyze how gender and sexuality interact as social determinants of health, as well as debunk misinformation regarding the care and treatment of LGBTQI+ patients. We will consider the current wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation, and more specifically, how recent restrictions on life-saving health care for transgender people exacerbate health disparities, systemic barriers to care, and poor health outcomes.

Within this context, the course reviews the ongoing struggle for LGBTQI+ health justice and how it is a necessary piece of the larger struggle for health equity. As clinicians and patient advocates, nurses have an important role in that struggle and a unique opportunity to resist institutional discrimination, combat misinformation and political attacks, and help safeguard equitable care for LGBTQI+ patients.


  • Identify health and health care disparities faced by LGBTQI+ people in the U.S.
  • Analyze how the oppression of gender and sexuality affects health outcomes.
  • Articulate the role nurses can play in the fight for LGBTQI+ health justice.

Instructor: Kel Montalvo-Quiñones

Dates and Locations

Thursday, November 16, 2023
DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville Biltmore
115 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

Tuesday, December 19, 2023
Austin Marriott Downtown
304 East Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78701

Wednesday, January 17, 2024
The Hotel Silver Spring
8727 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Friday, January 19, 2024
The Westin New York at Times Square
270 W 43rd St
New York, NY 10036

Please note: CNA/NNOC/NNU is taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety and health of nurses, our patients, and our communities during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. All in-person course participants are required to be fully vaccinated, wear masks while indoors, and practice social distancing to the extent possible.

CE courses are free to National Nurses United members. Classes are only offered to direct-care and staff RNs.

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