We are excited to announce we are accepting abstracts for the 2018 Transforming Care Conference between March 27, 2018 and May 15, 2018! This year’s theme will be Fighting for our Lives with a focus on:

  • Mental and Behavioral Health
  • Access to Care
  • Cultural Competency and Cultural Humility
  • Advocacy and Community Engagement
  • Clinical/Medical
  • Public Health/Prevention
  • Holistic Health Activities (i.e. meditation, yoga, aromatherapy, poetry)

Proposals should be interactive, engaging, and relevant to the learning objectives and theme of the conference. We welcome a variety of proposal types, including oral presentations, workshops, panels, and posters. Proposals may be submitted by individuals or groups and we value both professional and lived experience. The Transforming Care Conference is committed to uplifting the voices of individuals and communities with marginalized identities. We especially encourage abstract submissions from people living with HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ folks, people of color, people with disabilities, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, people who are undocumented, youth and elders, women; people experiencing poverty, and others with marginalized identities. We are looking for proposals that will:

  • Go beyond a PowerPoint presentation and get conference attendees actively engaged
  • Boost the energy of conference attendees
  • Breakdown barriers and promote collaboration
  • Highlight new or innovative work
  • Creative a positive and safe learning experience

For individuals requiring assistance with the creation and submission of an abstract, the Abstract Committee is more than happy to offer support and mentorship. Please contact us at transformingcare@equitashealth.com to request a mentor to assist with the application process. First time submissions are strongly encouraged.

Note: Presentations do not need to be exclusive to the Transforming Care Conference.


The learning objectives of the conference are as follows:

  • Develop the capacity for critical thinking about HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ health.
  • Identify the successes and challenges of HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ care.
  • Develop capacities and skills necessary to work effectively with the LGBTQ and PLWH communities.


Proposals will be scored on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to conference theme and track
  • Relevance to HIV/AIDS or LGBTQ care
  • Addresses current issues
  • Innovation, creativity, novelty
  • Based on research and/or best practices
  • Proposal format
  • Participant learning objectives
  • Presentation delivery method
  • Appropriateness for audience
  • Presenter’s competence and experience in HIV/AIDS or LGBTQ care

Proposals for Holistic Health Activities will be scored on the following criteria:

  • Activity teaches or guides participants through a wellness activity
    Feasibility (i.e. time requirements, space needs, quiet environment, materials needed)
  • Includes adaptations or assistance
  • Presenter’s qualifications and experience


In 1983 a group of AIDS activists stormed the closing of the 5th annual Lesbian and Gay Health Conference holding a banner reading Fighting for our Lives. At this seminal moment in AIDS activism the group presented their “Bill of Rights,” aka the Denver Principles, forever changing our response to HIV/AIDS and health care in general.

Unfortunately, the fight is not over. The actions of the current administration have demonstrated time and time again the lack of investment in protecting and advancing the rights, wellbeing, and health of members of the LGBTQ community and People Living with HIV (PLWH). In some cases, the administration appears to be directly undermining and harming these communities. We have chosen the theme Fighting for our Lives to pay homage to the work of advocates in the past and to highlight the urgent need to stand up, speak up, and fight for our fundamental rights through advocacy, activism, providing and obtaining comprehensive health care for our community, and standing in solidarity with all marginalized communities.


Mental and Behavioral Health

  • Identify the successes and challenges of providing mental and behavioral health care to PLWH and the LGBTQ community.
  • Deepen an understanding of the dynamic interrelationship between the LGBTQ community, PLWH, and mental and behavioral health.

Access to Care

  • Identify the successes and challenges of accessing care for PLWH and the LGBTQ community.
  • Enhance capacities and skills to provide access to care for PLWH and the LGBTQ community.

Cultural Humility

  • Identify how to incorporate cultural humility into HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ care through practical application.
  • Enhance capacities and skills to provide culturally appropriate care for PLWH and the LGBTQ community.

Advocacy and Community Engagement

  • Identify the successes and challenges of advocacy and community engagement for HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ care across.
  • Enhance capacities and skills for HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ advocacy and community engagement through practical application.


  • Identify the successes and challenges of providing care to PLWH and the LGBTQ community.
  • Enhance capacities and skills to provide culturally appropriate care for PLWH and the LGBTQ community.

Public Health/Prevention

  • Identify the successes and challenges of public health and/or prevention strategies for PLWH and the LGBTQ community.
  • Enhance capacities and skills to enact culturally appropriate interventions for PLWH and the LGBTQ community.

Holistic Health

  • Teaches or guides conference attendees through an activity to promote better health.
  • Includes adaptations or assistance so that all attendees can fully participate.
  • Potential activities may include but are not limited to:
    • aromatherapy
    • art
    • massage therapy
    • meditation
    • mindfulness
    • poetry
    • yoga


  • Proposals must be submitted through the Transforming Care Conference website
  • Proposals must be submitted by 11:59PM, May 15th, 2018
  • Proposals with incomplete or missing information will not be reviewed
  • Proposal abstracts must not exceed 500 words
  • Notification of proposal acceptance will occur in mid-June