Howard Brown Health, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center Host LGBTQ Healthcare Symposium for Medical Professionals

Howard Brown Health, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center Host LGBTQ Healthcare Symposium for Medical Professionals

 Physicians and Healthcare Professionals Are Invited to Learn More about Best Practices and Challenges Faced by the LGBTQ Community  

WHAT: Howard Brown Health and Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center welcome physicians, nurses, residents, healthcare administrators and medical professionals to the second annual conference addressing healthcare best practices for the LGBTQ community. In recent years, social and scientific advances have rapidly changed the way the LGBTQ community thinks about their health and how they interact with the world. The goal of the symposium is to provide culturally competent and affirming resources to care providers who treat LGBTQ patients, which provides the opportunity to learn, exchange ideas and help patients live the healthiest lives possible.

In addition to covering best practices and challenges faced in LGBTQ healthcare, physicians and other allied health professionals will earn 13 hours of Continued Medical Education (CME). The symposium contains learning tracks, including:

  • LGBTQ Health Disparities
  • Best Practices for LGBTQ Healthcare
  • Advanced Practices in HIV Care
  • Transgender Health and HRT
  • Gender Affirming Care Continuum

Continental breakfast and lunch will be also provided.

WHO: This year’s featured keynote speakers include:

    • JoAnne Keatley, MSW, Director of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Center of Excellence for Transgender Health
    • Shane Ortega, U.S. Army Sergeant in the 25th Infantry Division and Outspoken Transgender Rights Advocate
    • Other leaders and experts in LGBTQ healthcare (Such as chest reconstructive surgery, trans family planning, LGBTQ youth psychiatric care, HIV treatment in seniors, and more)

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. through Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Olson Auditorium, 836 W. Wellington Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657

TICKETS:  Physicians: $200, Health Administrators: $200, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals: $110, Residents/Fellows: $40

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About Howard Brown Health

Founded in 1974, Howard Brown Health serves more than 20,000 adults and youth each year in its diverse health and social service delivery system focused around four major programmatic divisions: clinical care, research, education and advocacy. Howard Brown Health is also one of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations.

About Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center is a 397-bed non-profit teaching hospital located in the Lake View neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side. The medical center has a Level I Trauma Center and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the highest designations awarded by the state of Illinois, and offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care, including cardiovascular, oncology, digestive health and neurosciences services. A recipient of numerous awards for quality and clinical excellence, Illinois Masonic Medical Center has achieved Magnet designation for excellence in nursing services from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The medical center has also been named a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index. Illinois Masonic Medical Center is part of Advocate Health Care, the largest fully integrated health system in Illinois. For more information, visit

Accreditation and Credit Designation Statement

Advocate Health Care is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Advocate Health Care designates this live activity for a maximum of 13 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTMPhysicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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