Carey Candrian, PhD is an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine (UCSOM) and a Cambia Health Foundation Sojourns Scholar. She received her MA in organizational communication and PhD in health communication from the University of Colorado. Her research explores how communication shapes — and is shaped by — perceptions, attitudes, and biases in the community. Carey’s focus is on using her research and communication expertise to improve health equity for older adults who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and those who care for them. It all boils down to this: If patients feel they can safely and openly be who they are — and tell us who and what matters most to them — we can offer them the support they and their loved ones want, when they need it most. Her work has been funded by the National Institute on Aging, The Colorado Health Foundation, The Next50 Initiative, The Lesbian Health Fund, and the Cambia Health Foundation.