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

Senator J.D. Ford

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.
Asa Radix, MD, MPH, FACP

Asa Radix, MD, MPH, FACP

Asa Radix, MD, 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.

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 December 31.

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.

Explore Indy

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