INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana University School of Medicine is hosting its sixth annual LGBTQ+ Health Care Conference March 23-24. The virtual conference is designed for health care professionals, learners, researchers, patients, community organizations and others who seek to understand the unique health considerations and barriers to health care in the LGBTQ+ population.
The conference will be held virtually, but an in-person kickoff event is planned for March 22 at the Madam Walker Legacy Center in Indianapolis. This year’s theme is “Resiliency, Intersectionality and Emerging Challenges in LGBTQ+ Health Care.” Topics include community advocacy, navigating insurance and the law, supporting families of gender diverse people, HIV/STI risk reduction, identity development and more.
“The LGBTQ+ community experiences unique and difficult health care challenges all over the world,” said Alvaro Tori, MD, senior associate dean for diversity affairs. “This conference will help attendees learn how to provide respectful, inclusive, just, patient-centered and culturally competent health care by developing skills to establish rapport, recognize barriers to care, offer competent primary care and provide referrals when necessary to care.”
IU School of Medicine faculty and staff, along with community members, and leaders from across the country will present. The keynote speakers will be Elizabeth Brader, Marlon Bailey, PhD, Bruce Smail, Adrian Shanker and Andrea Jenkins.
IU School of Medicine is the largest medical school in the U.S. and is annually ranked among the top medical schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The school offers high-quality medical education, access to leading medical research and rich campus life in nine Indiana cities, including rural and urban locations consistently recognized for livability.