The Rhode to Health: A Podcast from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island

The Rhode to Pride

June 22, 2022 Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Season 5 Episode 3
The Rhode to Health: A Podcast from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
The Rhode to Pride
Show Notes

In this episode of  the Rhode to Health we will be celebrating the OUTEST, LOUDEST and PROUDEST of all Rhode Islanders: Our vibrant LGBTQ+ community. We've invited some of my favorite people to help tell us along. 

Scott Gowrie is joined by Erin O’Donnell, a physician assistant at Narragansett Bay Pediatrics, who tells us why LGBTQ+ inclusive care is so critical in a pediatric care setting, and why this standard of care advances Narragansett Bay Pediatrics’ vision to provide patient-centered care.

Also joining Scott are Suzanne Fortier and Mara Feingold-Link from HopeHealth, which provides home care, palliative care, and hospice care, among other services. They offer insights into how LGBTQ+ inclusive care supports caring for the “whole person.”

Nicole Haas-Rodriguez sits down with Youth Pride, Inc. to discuss the protection and promise of Rhode Island's next generation LGBTQ+ leaders.

Nicole also speaks with Open Door Health, a clinic created to respond to an unmet need for primary and sexual health services in Rhode Island’s LGBTQ community.

Finally, our very own sound engineer, Mason Im, shares their story of coming out, transition and growth.
Narragansett Bay Pediatric and HopeHealth have recently received BCBSRI’s LGBTQ Safe Zone certification.

Learn more about the services HopeHealth provides, ways to give, and check out their blog posts and online resources.

Visit the Narragansett Bay Pediatrics webpage to meet the providers, schedule an appointment, and learn more about their approach to patient-centered care.

Find inclusive and affirming care at a LGBTQ Safe Zone near you. If you are a facility offering health services, you can learn more about the Safe Zone certification and how to apply here.

Learn more about Youth Pride, Inc at their website, and help stock their pantry via PayPal or their Amazon Wish list:

Open Door Health is accepting new patients. Call them at (401) 648-4700 to make an appointment. Learn more and see hours available for quick and accessible walk-in STI testing at their website, See their beautiful three-story mural at 7 Central St., Providence, Rhode Island.

Mason Im supports Providence Youth Student Movement, an organization that mobilizes queer Southeast Asian youth, families, and allies to build grassroots power and organize collectively for social justice.

You can learn more about the The Rhode Island Gay Men’s Chorus  at