Center for Education, Research and Advocacy

Empowering Healthcare Professionals

ERA’s education program is tailored to healthcare professionals who seek to better support LGBTQ people within their clinic settings. Since 2012, our team has provided roughly 15,000 hours of training to healthcare providers, care team staff, and allied professionals across the Midwest using our nationally recognized LGBTQ clinical and cultural humility courses. ERA’s curriculum empowers providers and care teams to better understand and address LGBTQ health disparities, implement gender affirming language policies, and best practices in LGBTQ healthcare operations. We offer a range of continuing education and professional development modalities through our clinic training programs and ongoing events.

Education Team

Cec Hardacker

MSN, RN, CNL Director of Education

Cec Hardacker (she/her/hers) and her team developed Howard Brown’s nationally recognized HEALE program and has traveled across the Midwest to offer cultural competency training to academic centers hospitals, nursing schools, home healthcare agencies and elder care facilities. Cec is passionate about empowering medical professionals with critical consciousness to better understand and effectively communicate with their LGBTQ patients. Cec Hardacker graduated from Rush University College of Nursing and acquired her Clinical Nurse Leadership Certification in 2015.

Sylvie Rosenkalt

Curriculum Program Manager

Sylvie Rosenkalt (she/her/hers) is a Boston native with a passion for popular education. She holds a BA in Comparative American Studies with a concentration in Histories and Practices of Social Change from Oberlin College. A strong believer in popular education, Sylvie is excited to be a part of the Education Research and Advocacy team at Howard Brown.