Submissions are now closed.

Who should submit a proposal?

We invite proposals presented by and geared toward medical providers, mental health providers, social workers, activists, researchers, people living with HIV, LGBTQ+ community members, and others with interest in LGBTQ+ and HIV health equity.

Individuals or groups may submit proposals. We value both professional and lived experience.

What is a conference proposal?

A conference proposal, also known as an abstract, is a brief summary and description of your (proposed) presentation. Its purpose is to capture the interest of a potential attendee. Think of it like a business card – you tell the audience some basic information that makes them want to learn more!

What are acceptable formats for a presentation?

We consider proposals for presentations, workshops, and panel discussion. You may choose to present in-person at Transforming Care Conference or pre-record your presentation for our virtual track. Select presentations will be livestreamed to our virtual audience.

I’m not sure how to prepare a proposal. Can I get support?

Yes! We invite all voices to participate at Transforming Care. Our team can help develop your abstract by

  • Clarifying how your topic relates to this year’s TCC theme
  • Explaining how your topic is relevant to the conference audience
  • Determining how best to summarize your ideas and next steps
  • Coming up with a descriptive and engaging title

To get started, reach out to Rachel Hetrick (she/her), Research Associate, at

Presentations may address any topic related to LGBTQ+ and HIV health equity such as…
  • Gender-affirming community spaces in rural and urban areas
  • Anti-racism and intersectionality in LGBTQ+ community- and healthcare work
  • Culturally humble gender-affirming care for trans youth in the face of restrictions and bans
  • Health literacy for patient care and non-violent communication strategies
  • HIV criminalization laws in the age of PrEP and U=U
  • Creating LGBTQ-affirming curriculum for medical and nursing students
  • Building strong and healthy communities through harm reduction programs
When are abstracts due?

Completed proposals must be submitted by July 15, 2024. Successful abstract submitters will be notified by the end of August.

Reach out to Dr. Jan Huebenthal at