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Carrying the Torch: Honoring Legacies, Driving Progress

The 2024 Transforming Care Conference theme, “Carrying the Torch,” honors the courage, strength, and activism that grew out of the early years of the AIDS crisis. It celebrates those groups that rose up from the grassroots to meet the needs of people living with or impacted by HIV/AIDS. AIDS Resource Center Ohio, Columbus AIDS Task Force, David’s House of Compassion, Dayton Area AIDS Task Force, Metropolitan Residential Services, Ohio AIDS Coalition, and many others passed the torch to Equitas Health. Their care and solidarity still guide and inspire our work to end HIV/AIDS and provide affirming care for all.

“Carrying the Torch” captures the essence of the 9th annual Transforming Care Conference. Through dynamic workshops and programs, our theme invites us to look closely at the rich tapestry of LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS activism – past, present, and future. We will explore the intersections of identity, health, and social justice, keeping in mind the struggles and triumphs of our communities. Our theme reminds us that our work is not done. New challenges rise up each day as state legislatures seek to limit or deny access to lifesaving care for trans and gender-nonconforming people, women, and others.

We come to TCC as doctors, nurses, social workers, activists, researchers, and community members ready to learn and to act. Together, we carry the torch of hope, strength, and activism that has lighted our path for 40 years.

Join us on October 10 as we celebrate our past and work for a future where all voices are heard, each life is valued, and the LGBTQ+ and HIV communities can thrive.

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Alejandro Varela

2024 Keynote Speaker

Alejandro Varela is a National Book Award Finalist and an important literary voice for our time. A public health storyteller, his fictional work looks at the real-life impact of racism, income inequality, class conflict, gentrification, sexuality, and heterosexism. One reviewer wrote that Varela’s stories “dispense uncomfortable truths that everyone thinks about but won’t address out loud.”

The child of immigrant Salvadoran and Colombian parents, Varela grew up in a small, working-class town on Long Island. As a youth, he often had to translate complex subjects for his Spanish-speaking family. This sparked an interest in language and in connecting people to one another and ideas. Varela went on to get a master’s degree in public health and worked as a cancer researcher at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He also began to write fiction to raise awareness of public health issues.

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Information for in-person tickets:

In-person attendees will receive all-day access to all conference activities, including keynote and breakout sessions, at the Fawcett Center. Includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and a chance to win raffle prizes. (DISCLAIMER: By attending Transforming Care, you consent to have photographs and video material recorded of you.)

Information for virtual tickets:

Virtual attendees will receive access to select livestreamed conference activities through the Whova app, including the keynote address, award ceremony, and select breakout sessions. Livestreaming will be provided by a professional A/V production company. Recordings of livestreamed events other than the keynote will be accessible for 7 days after the event.

ASL interpretation available for all livestreamed and select in-person sessions.

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Join us on October 10th for Transforming Care 2024! In-Person or Virtual.

The annual Transforming Care Conference brings together healthcare providers, researchers, activists, and community members who share a commitment to LGBTQ+ and HIV health equity. Hosted by the Equitas Health Institute, TCC inspires action-focused conversations about the issues that matter most to our communities. With both in-person and virtual attendance options, the conference unites a vibrant mix of attendees and presenters who elevate each other’s voices and lived experiences.

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The 2024 Transforming Care Awards honor people who have made exceptional contributions to the health and wellness of the LGBTQ+ and/or HIV communities. Since 2016, we have been proud to offer this recognition to outstanding leaders in our community. 

This year’s award categories:

Trailblazing Community Advocate

This award recognizes a community advocate – including activists, community organizers, volunteers, etc. – who has had a lengthy tenure passionately advocating for the LGBTQ+ and/or HIV communities, and who has practiced radical inclusivity to help community members overcome racial, economic, ability, and/or language barriers.

Emerging Leader

This award recognizes a young and/or emerging healthcare provider, professional, student, or activist who has already made a significant positive and intersectional impact in the field of LGBTQ+ and/or HIV health and wellness.

Whole Person Health Care Champion

This award recognizes a provider of health & wellness services and/or a patient advocate who has helped patients overcome racial, economic, ability, and/or language barriers to care and/or provided radically inclusive LGBTQ+ and/or HIV/AIDS healthcare.

Award submissions will be accepted starting later this summer.