ABOUT QSPACES

The LGBTQ+ community deserves dignity, respect, and competent healthcare. 

The LGBTQ+ community is discriminated against and harassed in healthcare settings, and it can be difficult to find competent and friendly health and wellness providers. Not only that, but discrimination in care also leads to delays in healthcare or using the emergency room as the first entry point.

Bad healthcare also leads to health disparities. The LGBTQ+ community faces higher rates of cervical and breast cancer,  cardiovascular disease, depression, alcoholism and tobacco use, suicide and suicidal ideation, serious psychological distress, and more.

QSPACES was founded in 2016 to address health disparities in the LGBTQ+ community. 

MISSION: Improve LGBTQ+ health and wellness.

VISION: Achieve LGBTQ+ health equity and reduce health disparities through the creation of meaningful products and services that improve the access to and quality of health and wellness experiences.

The Team

QSPACES is a Philadelphia-based team working with a host of advisors, mentors, and community partners.

Catherine and Nic (also partners) cofounded QSPACES in the fall of 2016 to address issues facing the LGBTQ community. Lauren joined the executive team in December 2017, bringing years of experience in the healthcare industry and extensive research of communications between patients and providers. Our purpose-driven work aligns with our collective strengths: medical care and insights, the healthcare ecosystem, problem solving, design thinking, and doing good.

 
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Catherine hofmann, COFOUNDER + CEO

Catherine is a social entrepreneur working transform LGBTQ+ health and wellness. She's also active in her community and organizes resources and communications. Before QSPACES, Catherine was an independent designer and consultant, working with a variety of clients–from non-profits to Fortune 50–on problems like process design, leadership and learning, and engagement. She has a penchant for workwear and keeps a graveyard of ideas at crhofmann.com

  • IBA, Women in Business Committee Member
  • Cedar Park Neighbors board member
  • University of North Carolina, B.A. Economics & B.A. Psychology
 
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NIC ANTHONY, COFOUNDER

Nic is pursuing a medical degree at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Her days are filled with medical training, activism, and QSPACES. She is a native speaker of both Czech and English. Her medical interests lie in both Emergency Medicine and OBGYN.

  • JeffLGBTQ member
  • Thomas Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel Medical College medical student
  • University of North Carolina alumnus

 

 
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LAUREN HOFMANN, COO 

Lauren is an independent consultant for healthcare focused organizations, both startups and Fortune 100 companies alike. She is eager to ideate and execute on innovations to drive meaningful change in a highly complex, fragmented industry. Lauren is also a SixSigma Green Belt, holds a Certificate of Project Management from Emory University, and is a certified Business Analyst. 

  • HIMSS member
  • Health 2.0 member 
  • Henley Business School M.S. Information Management
  • Miami University B.S. Business: Marketing and Interactive Media Studies
 
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Olivia Homer, CONTENT CREATOR 

Olivia is a current senior at Stanford University studying Psychology with a focus on Health and Development. In the future, she hopes to pursue a medical degree and combine her interests in patient-centered care, LGBTQ+ health disparities, mental health, and pediatrics. In her spare time, Olivia volunteers as an EMT and works at a local free clinic.

  • East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring, Tutor Coordinator
  • Markman Lab, research assistant
  • Stanford University, pursuing B.A. Psychology
 
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Cameron McConkey, Content Creator 

Cameron is a public health student and operation manager at Drexel University, working toward an MPH in LGBTQ+ health while spending his 9-5 in family-engagement grant writing, education and research. His interests are in integrated and equitable health and well care (management and program design) and LGBTQ+ health disparities.

  • Dean’s Advisory Board: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, board member (Nursing and Health Professions)
  • Dornsife School of Public Health, MPH student (LGBTQ Health)
  • Cornell University, B.S. Biological Sciences