Saturday Afternoon Plenary

Youth Action Conference Plenary Session

Saturday Afternoon Plenary

Advocating for LGBTQ Youth Healthcare in Pennsylvania

Saturday, April 14th at 1:30pm


Executive Deputy Secretary of Health Sarah Boateng
The Pennsylvania Department of Health
From Harrisburg, PA

Sarah Newman Boateng is the Executive Deputy Secretary at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. In this role Ms. Boateng the works closely on the state’s response to the opioid and heroin crisis. Ms. Boateng has led the state’s development of evidence-based, specialty specific prescribing guidelines. Ms. Boateng also contributed to the development of the PacMAT treatment model and Pennsylvania’s warm-handoff protocol. Additionally, Ms. Boateng serves as a lead staffer on the Governor’s LGBTQ Workgroup. Ms. Boateng has worked health policy on the federal, state and community level. Prior to joining the Department Ms. Boateng worked for Planned Parenthood Keystone, a network of 16 medical centers in Eastern PA and for U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr, focused on issues of health policy and as the Statewide LGBT Liaison. Originally from Pittsburgh, Ms. Boateng has an undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a graduate certificate from Robert Morris University. Ms. Boateng will complete her Masters in Healthcare Administration in December 2018.

Dr. Gerald Montano (DO, MS)
Pediatric Doctor at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh – UPMC, Gender Clinic
Clinical Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

From Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Gerald Montano‘s training in pediatrics and adolescent medicine has provided him the expertise and skills in long-acting reversible contraception, mental health, eating disorders, and medical care for transgender and gender expansive youth.

The theme of his research is fostering the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) youth by improving parent-child relationships. The results of his studies on parent-child relationships in LGB youth suggest that parenting LGB youth may be different from parenting heterosexual youth. His hope is that through additional research, he can create interventions aimed at improving parent-child relationships in LGB youth that will help prevent the many adverse health outcomes this vulnerable population faces, such as anxiety, depression, and substance use.

Dr. Katie Dalke (MD)
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Penn State College of Medicine
Attending Psychiatrist, Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute

From Hershey, PA

Dr. Katie Dalke completed her undergraduate degree from Haverford College and her MD and MBE (Bioethics) from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her psychiatry residency and served as Chief Resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). While at Perelman and HUP, she was the recipient of numerous awards and honors. She comes to Penn State Health from Perelman/Pennsylvania Hospital, having served as Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Director for Sex and Gender Curriculum, Co-Director, Inpatient Mood Disorders and Geriatric Psychiatry Service, and Co-Director, Consultation/Liaison Service. She is interested in clinical services for transgender populations and in creating education programs in this area. As an intersex woman and a doctor, Dr. Dalke is an outspoken advocate on intersex issues, recently writing an editorial featured in The Nation