Advocacy for LGBTQ+ Sexual Health in Nashville, Tennessee

LGBTQ+ individuals often face significant barriers to accessing healthcare. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Sin Buscar Excusas is an event-based program that brings together Latino men who love same-sex partners to learn about HIV, discuss prevention strategies, and take action to promote sexual health. If you have met the vaccination requirements of the Vanderbilt Student Services Administration (VSSA), but not those of other organizations, you can receive additional vaccines at various locations in Nashville, such as Vanderbilt health clinics at Walgreens and CVS Minute Clinic. Summer interns must have health insurance, so make sure to bring your health insurance card with you.

The project provides young people of color with the opportunity to meet their peers in healthy environments, participate in health education, and plan community activism around HIV prevention. 3MV (Many Men, Many Voices) is a retreat-style health education and peer support program for men of color who love same-sex partners, focusing on HIV prevention and sexual health. In your statement of purpose, demonstrate your commitment to the health of the LGBTQ community and explain what drives your passion for serving this community. LGBTQ Health interns will divide their time between programmatic projects to support the LGBTQ Health Program and research projects. In Tennessee, Partner Services is run by Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS), supervisors, and managers assigned to county and metropolitan health departments.

Healthy Relationships is a program that invites people with health issues to join small groups with their peers to discuss, solve problems, and support each other in disclosing their HIV status to family, friends, and sexual partners as part of a larger process of building healthier relationships. The Vanderbilt LGBTQ Health Program is a national leader in patient care, education, research, and promotion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. This internship is ideal for those interested in pursuing careers in academic medicine, public health, nursing, related healthcare professions, and other related fields. PrEP specialists are healthcare professionals who can help people interested in PrEP learn more about the medication, find a medical provider, locate a pharmacy, apply for financial assistance, and incorporate the daily regimen into their lives.