Who We Are

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 came together to expand the mission of both conferences in 2016.

In 2016, the Equitas Health Institute for LGBTQ Health Equity and the Ohio AIDS Coalition hosted 529 activists, academics, community members, and health & social service professionals at Transforming Care: Midwest Conference on LGBTQ Health Equity and HIV/AIDS. The conference addressed health disparities affecting the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS community and took place at The Ohio State University Fawcett Center on October 20-21, 2016.

Through more than 60 sessions over 2 days, the conference provided a unique opportunity for professionals and community members to come together to share not only research and best practices but practical information like family planning, wellness activities, and health and safety initiatives.

Because the inaugural event was such a success, a 2017 Transforming Care Conference was held on October 19-20, 2017 and a 2018 event is currently being planned.

2018 Transforming Care Conference will be held on October 18-19, 2018 at the Fawcett Center in Columbus, Ohio.


Equitas Health Institute for LGBTQ Health Equity

The Equitas Health Institute for LGBTQ Health Equity is the education, research, and community engagement arm of Equitas Health, focusing on reducing health disparities in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community. We do this by developing and delivering exceptional LGBTQ culturally competent healthcare education and training, engaging with LGBTQ and HIV-positive patients, working with community based organizations, and supporting LGBTQ health research efforts in our region.

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Conference Contacts



Director of Center for LGBTQ Health Equity, Equitas Health



Ramona Peel

Trans Health Navigator and Lead Trainer, Equitas Health Institute for LGBTQ Health Equity