Midwest Conference on LGBTQ Health Equity and HIV/AIDS

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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.

The Center for Cancer Health Equity and OSUCCC James Cancer Mobile Mammography Unit will be providing FREE Mammograms to women who qualify from 9AM-4PM. Services are available for women (cis and trans), trans men, and gender non-conforming individuals. Our staff is trained to provide culturally competent care to everyone in the LGBTQ community. Call 614-366-6125 to schedule an appointment.

Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens: A Documentary on Gender, Identity, & Drag

We will end the conference with a showing of “Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens” on Thursday, October 20 at 6PM. Through the compelling stories of 8 performers, KQIB highlights the diversity of human experience, gives rare insight into an underground scene, answers questions and misconceptions about gender and gender performance, and captures how a midwestern city full of terrific performers tackles complexities of gender expression, personal identity, and human rights–all with humor, great music, big hair, and duct tape. View the movie trailer.


Additional speakers will be listed as confirmed.

Harvey Makadon

Harvey J. Makadon, MD

Director of Education and Training Programs, The Fenway Institute

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Kristin Keglovitz

Kristin Keglovitz Baker PA-C, AAHIV

Chief Operating Officer, Howard Brown Health

Danielle Castro

Danielle Castro, MA, MFT

Project Director, Center of Excellence for Transgender Health at the University of California, SF

Michael Marshal

Michael Marshal, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Julie Gonen

Julie Gonen, Esq.

Policy Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights

Damien Denson

Damian Denson, PhD, MPH

Prevention Research Branch of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Janetta Louise Johnson

Janetta Louise Johnson

Executive Director of the TGI Justice Project

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”

Damian Denson, Centers for Disease Control – Plenary Address

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

Toby Meltzer, MD – “Preparing and Prescreening, Postoperative Complications and Postoperative Needs”

Transforming Care Awards Ceremony

“Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens” Film Screening and Discussion on Drag and Gender

Friday, October 21, 2016


Keynote Address: Harvey Makadon, MD, Fenway Institute and National LGBT Health Education Center

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

Janetta Johnson, TGI Justice Project – Plenary Address

Provider Fair – Health Screenings, STI Testing, Mammograms and more

Our Event Sponsors

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please email




Gilead Logo


Mount Carmel


AIDS Funding Collaborative
Dublin Springs


Aetna Better Health of Ohio

Huntington National Bank

National Association of Social Workers – Ohio Chapter

The Ohio State University College of Nursing – Office of Student Affairs, Equity, and Inclusion

The Ohio State University College of Public Health

Skylight Financial

Stonewall Columbus

United Way of Central Ohio

Presented by

Equitas Health
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