Who We Are

The Transforming Care Conference 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 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.

We are now in the process of planning the 4th annual Transforming Care Conference, which has come to be known as the most comprehensive conference on LGBTQ+ and HIV Health Equity in the country. Conference participants tell us that what makes TCC so transformative is the mix of people – researchers, practitioners, activists, community members all broadening each other’s perspectives.

The 2019 Transforming Care Conference will be held on October 17-18, 2019 at the Fawcett Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Mission & Guiding Principles

The mission of the Transforming Care Conference (TCC) is to reduce health disparities experienced by the LGBTQ+ and HIV positive communities. TCC works to achieve this goal by assembling activists, advocates, health and social service providers, researchers, public health employees and community members to share best practices, build community, make connections within and across disciplines, identify options for care, and obtain routine screenings.

The conference was founded upon and operates according to the following guiding principles:

  • Diversity, inclusion, and equity are essential elements of the mission to reduce health disparities.
    • TCC content must reflect and address the diversity of the LGBTQ+ and HIV positive communities across identity (race, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, ability status, immigration status, ethnicity, etc.) and disease status (HIV status, Hepatitis C status, mental health status, etc.)
    • TCC planning committee, presenters, attendees, and community partnerships must be inclusive and reflective of identity and disease status diversity.
    • TCC ticket prices, physical accessibility, payment and positioning of speakers must seek to correct systemic oppression and promote equity.
  • We value transparency.
    • Before each conference, TCC will publish processes regarding conference planning, abstract selection, award selection, etc.
    • After each conference, TCC will publish conference expenditures, a summary of feedback, available workshop presentations, etc.

Equitas Health Institute

The Equitas Health Institute 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 Equitas Health Institute; She, Her, Hers

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Ramona Peel

Trans Health Navigator and Lead Trainer, Equitas Health Institute; She, Her, Hers

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Zoe Fawcett Freggens

Education Manager, Equitas Health Institute; She, Her, Hers

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Dom Ali

Community Engagement Manager, Equitas Health Institute; He, Him, His

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Viola Pagliaro

Education Assistant, Equitas Health Institute; She, Her, Hers

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