National LGBTQ Health Conference 2017

Important Dates

Mar 31, 2017 Professional Development Institute registration closes (acceptance will occur on a rolling basis until then)

Apr 26, 2017 Conference registration closes

Apr 28-29, 2017 National LGBTQ Health Conference

Apr 30, 2017 Professional Development Institute (no additional cost)

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The 5th Annual National LGBTQ Health Conference is the only interdisciplinary translational research conference that will bring together scientists, public health professionals, and healthcare providers to improve the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer populations.

Conference Overview

Join us for the 5th annual National LGBTQ Health Conference: Bridging Research and Practice. With national sponsors including the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the Centers for Disease Control, the National LGBTQ Health Conference is an interdisciplinary translational research conference that aims to bring together scientists, public health professionals, and healthcare providers to improve the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer populations.

This conference will specifically focus on creating a dialogue between researchers and practitioners by integrating both research findings and clinical application into each panel or symposium. We further aim to foster professional development and networking opportunities. 2017 Conference Themes are HIV/AIDS; Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Adolescent Health; Violence and Trauma; Suicide and Mental Health; & Intersections of Race/Ethnicity and LGBTQ Health.

  • Keynote speaker, expert panel, and breakout sessions showcasing emerging research and practice
  • Professional Development Institute
  • Continuing education units will be offered for psychologists and licensed mental health providers in the state of Illinois

Conference Information

The conference is co-hosted by The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) of Northwestern University and The Center on Halsted’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Institute (SOGI). The Conference will take place at the Hyatt Centric Magnificent Mile April 28-30, 2017, and will conclude with the Professional Development Institute at the Center on Halsted on April 30, 2017.

Hyatt Centric Magnificent Mile
633 N St. Clair Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613

Conference Lodging

A discounted block of rooms has been reserved for the National LGBTQ Health Conference at The Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile.   The discounted group rate will be available until April 6, 2017 or until the block is sold-out. Reservations can be made online or by calling the hotel directly at (312) 787-1234 or toll-free at 1-888-591-1234. Be sure to mention that you are attending the National LGBTQ Health Conference in order to receive the discounted rate.


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10:00am – Opening Session with Keynote Speaker Dr. Laura Kann

1:15pm-2:30pm – Session A: Current Issues Relating to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP): Why, Where, and Who?

  • Why I Quit PrEP? A Mixed-Method Study Exploring Reasons for PrEP Discontinuation and Potential Reinitiation among a Sample of GBM
  • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in Online Personal Advertisements among Men Seeking Men
  • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Uptake among Transgender Women in New York City
  • Should I Convince my Partner to go on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis? The Role of Personal and Relationship Factors on PrEP-Related Social Control among Gay and Bisexual Men

– Session B: Competence and Effectiveness of LGBTQ Services

  • Perceived Competency to Counsel Bisexuals in Comparison to Other Sexual Minority Clients
  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of LGBT Cultural Competence Trainings
  • LGB Clients’ Well-Being and Perceptions of Psychotherapists’ Affirmative Practice, Working Alliance, and Real Relationship

– Session C: Contemporary Issues Around LGBTQ Adolescent Health

  • The Experience of Gender Minority Youth with use of Public Facilities and Psychological Well-Being: a Mixed Methods Study
  • Pregnancy among Adolescent Sexual Minority Women in the 2002-2013 National Survey of Family Growth: Implications for Sexual Orientation Research, Sexual Education, and Reproductive Healthcare
  • Building an Online Intervention to help LGBT Youth Cope with Bullying

2:45pm-4:00pm – Session A: Relationships and Intimacy Among Sexual Minorities

  • Relationship Involvement: a Protective Factor for Sexual Minority Youth Mental Health
  • Young Black MSM in Search of Intimacy – Narratives of Strength and Resilience
  • Internalized Stigma is Associated with Greater Gains from an HIV-Prevention and Relationship Education Program for Young Same-Sex Male Couples

Session B: Addressing Discrimination and Increasing Inclusion in LGBTQ Healthcare

  • Patient-Centered Approaches to Collect Sexual Orientation Demographic Data: a Mixed Methods Study
  • “I’m Treated like a Freak”: Discrimination and Health-Seeking Behavior among Gender Minorities in New Orleans
  • Towards Inclusive Futures: Providing Inclusive Sexual Healthcare for Rural Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Young Women

Session C: Substance Abuse Among LGBTQ Youth

  • Nonmedical Use of Prescription Psychotropic Medications among a Racially Diverse, Community-Based Sample of Young Men who have Sex with Men: Prevalence and Correlates
  • Alcohol Use among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youth in Southeast Asia: Evidence from the Philippines

8:00am-9:00am – Plenary Session Moderated by Karen Parker with Keynote Speaker Dr. Laura Kann

9:45am-11:00am – Session A: HIV Related Stress, Disclosure and Prevention

  • Status Sexy: Condom Distribution as a Structural Intervention among MSM and Transgender Women in Southeastern Michigan
  • Self-Efficacy and Sexual Compulsivity among Men who have Sex with Men Living with HIV: Disparities by Age and Sexual Orientation
  • Assessing the Effect of an HIV Disclosure Intervention for Men who have Sex with Men Living with HIV on Sexual Compulsivity and Self-Efficacy

Session B: Minority Stress, Violence and Safety

  • Gender Identity-Based Violence and Depression in Transgender Women: the Role of Psychological Self-Appraisal
  • “I Worry for the Safety of Queers that Don’t Pass as Hetero”
  • A Longitudinal Examination of Minority Stress Processes and Mental Health among Bisexual Women

Session C: Cancer Screening and Care

  • Using Formative Research to Guide the Development of an HPV Vaccination Intervention for Young Sexual Minority Men
  • Going Flat: Sexual and Gender Minority Breast Cancer Patients who Choose Bilateral Mastectomy Without Reconstruction
  • A Qualitative Exploration of the Cancer Screening Needs of LGBT Populations
  • Self- and Partner- Assisted Anal Exams to Detect Anal Cancer Tumors May be Feasible

11:15am-1:00pm – Poster Session

1:15pm-2:30pm – Session A: The World is Better With You in It: A Symposium Sponsored by the American Suicide Foundation

  • Suicide Interventions for Sexual Minority Youth: a Systematic Review
  • Prospective Predictors of Suicidal and Non-Suicidal Self-Injurious Behavior among High-Risk Youth

Session B: Trans and GNC Health & Wellbeing

  • Gendered Experiences: Developing a Scale to Assess Body and Behavior Satisfaction for Trans Men
  • Transwomen and the Metabolic Syndrome: is Orchiectomy Protective?
  • Association between Gender Minority Status and Self-Reported Mental and Physical Health in the U.S.

Session C: Sexual Minority Health: The Past Meets the Future

  • Sexual and Gender Minority Health Curricula and Institutional Support Services at US Schools of Public Health
  • Congenital Inverts and Fruity Mutants: what 19th Century Sexology can Teach us about Bias in the Contemporary Basic Scientific Study of Sexual Orientation
  • Community-Engaged Health Research with Sexual and Gender Minorities: a Report from PRIDE

2:45pm-4:00pm – Session A: Psychological Aspects of HIV

  • LINX LA: Developing a Web-Based App to Improve Treatment Outcomes among HIV-Positive Black YMSM
  • “I’m Not Sick”: Subjective Feelings of Health Well-Being Helps Explain Detachment from HIV Care & Treatment Non-Adherence

Session B: Violence and Abuse: Implications for Research and Care

  • Association of Childhood Sexual Abuse with ART Adherence among HIV-Positive Young Men who have Sex with Men (YMSM): Exploring Mental Health and Immune Implications of Early Trauma
  • LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence: a Comprehensive Review of 40 Years of Research
  • Violence, Language, and the LGBTQ Experience: on the Importance and Implementation of an Inclusive Research Design
  • Trauma-Informed Care for LGBTQ Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence

Session C: Intersectionality of Sexual Identity, Race and Ethnicity

  • Hispanic Parents’ Perceptions of having a Child Come Out
  • Beyond Rejection and Acceptance: Exploring the Life Experiences of Transgender Women of Color in Middle and Late Adulthood
  • Qualified Communities: Racialized Obstacles in LGBT Volunteering
  • Attitudes about and Knowledge of Lesbians and Gays: Psychologists and Psychology Students in Mexico-City

4:15pm-5:00pm – Closing Session with Dr. Ilan Meyer

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

A head shot of Dr. Laura Kann. Dr. Laura Kann, Senior Scientist and Chief of the School-Based Surveillance Branch in the Division of Adolescent and School Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


A head shot of Dr. Ilan Meyer.

Dr. Ilan Meyer, Williams Distinguished Senior Scholar of Public Policy at the Williams Institute



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The 5th Annual LGBTQ Health Conference, Bridging Research and Practice was made possibly in part by the generous support of the American people through the grant NU14PS005075 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the grant 1R13MD011360 from the National Institutes of Health. The views expressed in conference materials and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of Centers for Disease Control or National Institutes of Health, nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government.