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Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium 2021

September 29, 2021 - September 30, 2021

Join us on Wednesday, September 29 and Thursday, September 30 for the Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium 2021, presented by Howard Brown Health’s Center for Education, Research and Advocacy. This two-day virtual conference brings together healthcare professionals, educators, researchers, and advocates from across the country to disseminate evidence-based practices and engage in rigorous discussion around issues relating to the health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities.

Register for the 2021 Midwest Health Symposium Today

This year’s Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium has been designed in response to our community’s needs. By remaining virtual, we provide the convenience and comfort of learning and exchange of ideas without compromising safety.

We have added the following benefits to this year’s symposium:

  • Longer sessions: presenters will be able to go more in-depth with each topic
  • Concise tracks: four (4) tracks organized by area of study: clinical, programmatic, behavioral, and research
  • Important partnerships:  Howard Brown is collaborating with the Institute of Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellness (ISGMH), Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCORI) “Next Step” and National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) to broaden session offerings

In addition, symposium planners have gathered keynote speakers to bring their experience, expertise and inspiration – to energize and empower multidisciplinary healthcare professionals.

Selected presentations will be grouped into tracks. Proposed tracks are:

Clinical: Sessions will focus on community medicine essentials, including sexual and reproductive health, affirming care to transgender patients in primary care settings, and how to address chronic diseases including HIV and Hepatitis C.

Programmatic: Topics will explore wrap around social services, which support and affirm LGBTQ people and their families, community building strategies, antiviolence work, creation of policies that influence health disparities, and treatment and prevention protocols for HIV and STI’s.

Behavioral: Topics to be explored in the behavioral track include trauma informed care, cultural safety, conceptual frameworks of care, response to sexual trauma, substance use, and TGNC affirming care. These sessions will highlight intersectional approaches to providing culturally humble care to LGBTQ patients and their families.

Research: This track is being powered by Four Corners, Trans and Nonbinary (TNB) Health Research Advisory Network and our NASTAD partners. Four Corners will share their findings from their TNB research. NASTAD will focus on community-based approaches to HIV retention and care. Please note that while the research track will be comprised of Four Corners and NASTAD presentations only, we encourage research-based submissions from all speakers. Presentations will be placed in one of the other three tracks, depending on topic.

Please reach out with any questions to mlhs@howardbrown.org

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