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Shane Snowdon

Director, Health & Aging Program

Shane Snowdon

Shane Snowdon, MA, heads HRC's Health & Aging Program. She previously founded and led the Center for LGBT Health and Equity at the University of California San Francisco, the nation's first LGBT office in healthcare or health education. She has provided LGBT health training and consulting for hundreds of hospitals, health professional schools, and other health organizations throughout the country. She has also written extensively on LGBT health, serving as Project Adviser for The Joint Commission’s LGBT Field Guide (2011) and as author of Recommendations for Enhancing the Climate for LGBT Students & Employees in Health Professional Schools (2013).

Shane has designed and convened numerous LGBT health meetings, including the annual National LGBTQI Health Forum for Health Professional Students and the National Summit on LGBT Concerns in Medical Education for faculty and administrators. She has served as a board member for a wide variety of LGBT groups, including the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association, Alliance Health Project, New Leaf Mental Health Services, and National LGBT Health Coalition. Her groundbreaking work has received extensive recognition, including the Health Achievement Award of the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association, the Transgender Law Center Ally Award, the KQED Local Hero Award, and the University of California Award for Exceptional University Service and Award for GLBT Leadership.

Earlier in her career, Shane served as Executive Director for a national women’s health organization, an urban domestic violence agency, a regional environmental center, and a sustainable agriculture organization that provided job training to ex-inmates. She also headed the Women’s Center at the University of California Santa Cruz, and was Editor/Publisher of the national publication Sojourner. She has published on a variety of topics and received the Award for Cultural Reporting of the National Gay & Lesbian Press Association.