Cec Hardacker, MSN, RN, CNL is the Director of Education at Howard Brown Health, an LGBTQ-centric community health center in Chicago, is an adjunct instructor at Rush University College of Nursing and regular lecturer at Rosalind Franklin Medical College. Originally hired as trainer of the HRSA-funded Nurses’ Health Education About LGBT Elders (HEALE) cultural competence curriculum, Cec has been instrumental in growing the department of education and developing curricula for multidisciplinary teams of health care professionals. Now part of the Center for Education, Research and, Advocacy (ERA), Cec has developed broad evidence-based and community-informed curricula focused on LGBTQ health and best practices.
Cec travels across the US to support teams seeking skills to improve the health and well-being of their LGBTQ patients and clients. In an effort to address the gaps in quality of care and disparities in health care across racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups, her commitment is to provide medical professionals with cross-cultural skills to comprehend and tools to communicate effectively with these diverse and marginalized populations. Cec has recently co-authored three chapters and co-edited a book on Transgender Health and Aging and published numerous papers on novel bladder health research in sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations.