Pierce nets management certification

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dale Pierce, president and CEO of Different Roads Home, graduated from a specialized management training program at the University of California, Los Angeles/John & Johnson Health Care Executive Program (HCEP) during the month of July.

Pierce was one of 38 individuals who underwent an intensive 11-day residential program at the university’s Anderson School of Management. It was designed to enhance the management and leadership skills of executives from community health centers (CHC) and executive directors of AIDS service organizations (ASO) that are devoted to expanding the quality and quantity of care, treatment and support delivered to underserved and vulnerable populations nationwide. The HCEP is designed and valuable for organizations to plan for and/or implement shifts in their organizational strategies to confront the new environment for healthcare delivery.

Johnson & Johnson and UCLA Anderson developed the program in 2002 in response to the need for community based organizations to be better equipped to confront the mounting challenges in our nation’s health care system.

Participants are selected through a competitive application process and Johnson and Johnson subsidizes the majority of the program costs (tuition, training materials, lodging and meals) for both the participant and their co-participant.

Families and individuals who receive services from Different Roads Home will be the ultimate beneficiaries from Pierce’s training during the educational opportunity.

The HCEP program is conducted under the auspice of the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, a recognized leader in entrepreneurial education and research.

info: anderson.ucla.edu/price/jnj/hcep.

Chamber requests feedback

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce is seeking member and community feedback on how to improve and sustain itself while creating a safe place to network, providing an individual a venue to grow professionally and assisting in services to make businesses thrive.

A five-minute planning survey is available for those who wish to complete it so that the organization’s board can better serve those of whom it represents.

To participate, visit svy.mk/2awqhQ5.

info: clgbtcc.org.

Queer youth conference seeks workshop presenters

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The 2016 Carolina Conference on Queer Youth has opened up its submission’s process for its upcoming event to be held on Oct. 14 at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Student Union. It is being sponsored by Time Out Youth Center and the university’s Multicultural Resource Center.

Organizers are seeking presentation and workshop proposals from individuals (adults and youth) and organizations. Proposals should be clearly tied to the conference focus and grounded in the celebration and support of LGBT youth in the South. Standard presentation length is 60 minutes. Conference attendees will include healthcare professionals, educators, K-12 school and college staff, activists and youth.

This year’s conference will place an emphasis on supporting transgender and gender expansive youth. Topics for proposals may include supporting trans youth in schools, trans healthcare, empowering trans and gender expansive youth and centering trans individuals and topics within queer spaces and movements. Other proposal topics may include, but are not limited to policies and practices to support LGBT youth in public schools, supporting queer youth of color in their schools and communities, intersectionality, and professional development opportunities for school staff and healthcare professionals on LGBT topics.

Deadline for submittal is Sept. 6 via an online form available at bit.ly/2b0Cxxz. Selection notification will occur on Sept. 12.

info: timeoutyouth.org.

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Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.