This course will provide an introductory discussion on the role of race, sexual orientation, gender and other cultural components within the context of acute and chronic pelvic floor and sexual dysfunction. The course will cover concepts of chronic minority stress and its impact on healthcare treatment, outcomes, and healthcare seeking behaviors among diverse communities.
- Discuss the impact of ethnic, racial, and gender discrimination on health, pelvic floor, and sexual function.
- Explain historical and systemic constructs that contribute to health disparities among minority communities.
- List 2 validated outcome surveys that assess perceived discrimination/minority stress.
- Demonstrate strategies to address disparities in pelvic and sexual health among minority communities.
, DPT, PT, WCS, CLT is a board-certified pelvic floor physical therapist and serves as the Pelvic Health Program Manager for UT Health Austin’s Women’s Health Institute
. She specializes in chronic pelvic pain for individuals of all genders, sexual dysfunction, and pelvic floor dysfunction for marginalized populations, particularly women of color and the LGBTQIA community. Additionally, Uchenna Ossai is an assistant professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Women’s Health. Uchenna Ossai earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from The University of Illinois at Chicago. She completed her residency in women’s health and movement impairment science at Washington University in St. Louis. She also completed the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program in Sexuality Counseling and Education. Uchenna Ossai created and developed the pelvic health physical therapy program at Houston Methodist Hospital, where she was on faculty for the Urology Residency Program and the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship.