National LGBTQ Health Conference 2017

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 10, 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.




We’d like to announce that 2017 National LGBTQ Health Conference has a free, official app. You can download the free official Whova app for our event.:

  • View the event agenda and plan your schedule.
  • Plan ahead whom to meet at the event by browsing attendee profiles in advance.
  • Send in-app messages and exchange contact info.
  • Find attendees with common affiliations, education, shared networks and social profiles.
  • Receive update notifications from organizers.
  • Access agenda, GPS guidance, maps, and parking directions.

After downloading, sign up on Whova with the email address that you used to RSVP for our event, or sign up using your social media accounts. If you are asked to enter an invitation code to join the event, please use the following invitation code: 2017NatLGBTQHealthConference


Also, please join our Facebook event.

We invite you to share your experience at the conference and follow along using #LGBTQHealthConf!

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.