Skip to main content
IUPUI campus center with a rainbow flag inside

LGBTQ Health Care Conference

Canceled due to COVID-19 precautions. Will return in March 2021. 

LGBTQ Health Care Conference Canceled

In response to the rapidly changing situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and with the safety and well-being of the Indiana University School of Medicine community and community partners in mind, the LGBTQ Health Care Conference has been canceled. The health and safety of our community is our primary concern in this fluid situation, and we are making decisions as warranted following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), along with state and county health departments, to help mitigate and slow the spread of COVID-19. Per the directive of Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie, all large events scheduled in the month of March should be canceled or postponed.

The LGBTQ Health Care Conference will return in March 2021.

Focusing on LGBTQ Health Considerations

The LGBTQ Health Care Conference is a two-day event designed for nurses, physicians, physician assistants, psychologists, speech pathologists, social workers, students, trainees, community members and other allied health providers who seek to understand the unique health considerations and barriers to health care in the LGBTQ population.

Attendees will learn how to provide respectful, patient-centered, culturally competent health care by developing skills to establish rapport, recognize barriers to medical care, offer LGBTQ patients competent primary care and/or referrals to such care, and identify the unique health risks in the LGBTQ population.

Keynote Speakers

Asa Radix, MD, PhD, MPH, FACP

Asa Radix, MD, PhD, MPH, FACP is the Senior Director of Research and Education at the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University. Radix has over 20 years of experience providing HIV care, primary care and hormone therapy to transgender and gender non-binary people and is a recognized expert in transgender medicine.
Learn More

Senator J.D. Ford

Senator J.D. Ford represents Hoosiers of Senate District 29 which encompasses parts of Boone, Hamilton and Marion counties. Senator Ford’s interests turned to public service at an early age, largely due to the careers of his grandparents. Senator Ford is the first member of the LGBTQ community ever elected to the Indiana General Assembly and is proud to represent millennials across the State of Indiana.
Learn More

Kate Bornstein

Since 1989, trans trailblazer Kate Bornstein has—with humor and spunk—ushered us into a world of limitless possibility through a daring re-envisionment of the gender system as we know it. Today, Kate identifies as nonbinary: not a man, and not a woman—and she’s been writing about nonbinary gender identity for nearly thirty years.
Learn More

Alex Keuroghlian, MD, MPH

Alex S. Keuroghlian is the Director of Education and Training Programs at The Fenway Institute and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, part-time, at Harvard Medical School. He directs the National LGBT Health Education Center, a cooperative agreement to improve health care for LGBTQ people.
Learn More

Topics include safe spaces; polyamory; family planning; case presentations; sexual consent, assault and domestic violence; surgery; gender diverse youth; emergency care; spiritual care; and more.

Get Involved

A Conference Built Around the Community

Indiana University School of Medicine values the opinions of the community and looks forward to providing a rewarding experience and informing healthcare providers on the unique needs of LGBTQ patients. To do this effectively, it is important to gather community input. Stakeholders can fill out a brief, five-minute survey in order to share considerations with the planning committee.

Submit Input

Submit a Poster Presentation Abstract

Poster presentations on a variety of topics that influence best practices for LGBTQ patient experiences are encouraged for submission. In order to submit a proposal, complete the form by 11:55pm (EST) on January 17.

Submit Abstract

Interested in being a vendor?

There will be a few hundred LGBTQ health care advocates attending the LGBTQ Health Care Conference who will want to talk with representatives from organizations about their services. The conference can provide excellent exhibit hall hours and a vendor listing. Apply to be a vendor.

Be a Vendor

Traveling from out of town?

The IU School of Medicine Indianapolis campus in located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. The LGBTQ Health Care Conference will be held on the 4th floor of the IUPUI Campus Center at 420 University Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46202. Convenient parking is located in the attached Vermont Street Parking Garage. Information on visitor parking rates is available on the IUPUI website.

Indianapolis welcomes all, and locals here are known for their Hoosier hospitality. Check out LGBTQ Indy City Guides.


Planning Committee Members

Janine Fogel, MD
Bicentennial Professor and Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at IU School of Medicine

J. Dennis Fortenberry, MD, MS

Donald Orr, MD, Professor of Adolescent Medicine at IU School of Medicine

Sydney Rucker, MA

Director of Diversity Initiatives, Faculty Affairs, Professional Development, and Diversity at IU School of Medicine

Alvaro Tori, MD

Assistant Dean for Diversity Affairs, at IU School of Medicine

Juan Carlos Venis, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at IU School of Medicine

Lisa Wagnes, MSN, RN

Assistant Dean, Center for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning at IU School of Nursing