Skip links

Speaker: Ryan Sallans


Tuesday, June 30, 2020
10:00 AM – 10:20 AM
Via Zoom

Please join us for this free WHA member educational session. Ryan Sallans was originally scheduled to speak on June 12, 2020 in Grand Junction. Due to the pandemic, this event will be held at a later date (stay tuned for details). Please join us on June 30, 2020 at 10 AM via Zoom for a 20-minute introduction into Ryan’s personal story and how he has helped professionals in the healthcare field overcome barriers to serving marginalized patients.

Life during and after a global pandemic raises new questions around how you serve and treat patients, while also caring for your own health as healthcare professionals. Whether the patient or professional, words and feelings many of us may relate to during this time include exhaustion, confusion, fatigue, anxiety, and depression. What may be hard to access right now are hope, joy, and normalcy.

During this time, people with marginalized identities can help by providing insight into how to manage and cope when life feels disrupted. For the past 20 years, national speaker and author Ryan Sallans has worked to provide education and inspiration to marginalized patients and the professionals who serve them. As both a marginalized patient and professional in inclusion, diversity, and healthcare, Ryan shares how ongoing prejudice, discrimination, and stigma impacts the health and well-being of an individual, and what resiliency teaches us about overcoming barriers and obstacles in life. Ryan believes that while universal normalcy does not exist, hope and joy do.

When he joins us in person (at a later date), Ryan will share his life story in his popular program Scouting the Unknown and then provide professional training on how to best serve transgender patients. While the professional training will speak specifically to serving transgender patients, the information he provides can be applied to all walks of life.