Once a month, all volunteers (care team members, board members, committee members), guests, and the public have the opportunity to attend a 30-minute education session starting at 11:30 am presented by a variety of guest speakers. This planned interaction enables AssistHers volunteers and guests to interface with members of the local medical and social service community, and it provides ongoing training for the volunteers. The public is always welcome to attend these sessions at the Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, 1440 Harold Street, 2nd floor, Houston, TX 77006.
The topics are diverse, such as homophobia in healthcare, lesbian legal issues, “Understanding Lab Tests for the Lay-person,” “How to Use the System: Managed Care 101,” cancer screening and prevention, HIV/AIDS, lesbian battering, women and addiction, depression, and so forth. Clearly, the topics address not only specific diagnoses, but they also address how one can overcome barriers to accessing healthcare. Both healthcare professionals and volunteers benefit from this dynamic interaction.