Midwest Conference on LGBTQ Health Equity and HIV/AIDS

The Equitas Health Institute for LGBTQ Health Equity and the Ohio AIDS Coalition are excited to present the inaugural event, Transforming Care: Midwest Conference on LGBTQ Health Equity and HIV/AIDS.

In partnership with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center the event will take place October 20-21, 2016 at the Fawcett Center in Columbus, Ohio.

This event evolved as a result of the work of two Ohio-based coalitions. The Ohio AIDS Coalition introduced the Ohio Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS in 1997 and the Central Ohio LGBTQ Health Coalition introduced the Central Ohio LGBTQ Health Equity Conference in 2015. For the first time these two events will come together to expand the mission of both conferences.

Transforming Care will bring together over 450 activists, academics, community members, health and social service professionals and others interested in reducing health disparities in the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS community.

2016 Transforming Care: Ohio HIV/AIDS Pre-Conference

The Ohio AIDS Coalition (OAC) is excited to present the 2016 Transforming Care: Ohio HIV/AIDS Pre-Conference in partnership with Gilead Sciences, Inc. This event will take place on October 19, 2016 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Columbus, Ohio.

The Ohio HIV/AIDS Pre-Conference brings together consumer advocates for a one day event of workshops about advocacy, HIV, intersectionality, and more, in order to empower those living with HIV to advocate for themselves and their communities.

Additional information is available here.

Provider Fair

On Friday, October 21, 2016 a Provider Fair will be held from 11am – 1pm in the Fawcett Center Ballroom. We are currently looking for health and social service providers who offer HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ-centered care to participate. If you are interested, please submit your information here.

Event Schedule

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A pre-conference for People Living with HIV will take place on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at the Hilton Garden Inn – University Area.

Thursday, October 20, 2016


Dr. Michael Marshal, University of Pittsburgh – “Taking Stock of an Emerging Literature:
Mental Health Disparities among LGBTQ Youth and Their Implications for Healthcare Providers”

Kristin Keglovitz-Baker, Howard Brown Health Center – Plenary Address

Friday, October 21, 2016


Keynote Address: Dr. Harvey Makadon, Fenway Institute and National LGBT Health Education Center, Centers for Disease Control – “Achieving Health Equity:
Meeting the Healthcare Needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People”

Julie Gonen, Esq., Policy Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights

Janetta Johnson, TGI Justice Project – Plenary Address

Our Event Sponsors

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please email

OSU CSW logo

Friends of the Community Relation


Ohio State Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

OSU College of Medicine

Walgreens Co.

Aetna Better Health of Ohio

National Association of Social Workers – Ohio Chapter

Skylight Financial

Presented by

Equitas Health
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