The 2nd Annual Opportunity Conference: Advancing LGBTQ Health



Nationally, there are very few LGBTQ focused health conferences, and even less in the Midwest. The 2018 Opportunity Conference offers a rare opportunity for health providers and practitioners, researchers and policy makers to come together to address the broad array of disparities experienced by the LGBTQ communities in the Midwest.


The two-day schedule will include plenary keynote speaking opportunities and up to 30 concurrent sessions on a wide range of LGBTQ and HIV health related topics.

The anticipated attendance is 400 individuals from a variety of professions including medicine, nursing, social work, psychology, counseling, case management, addiction support, spiritual care, advocacy, education, and rehabilitative services as well as policymakers and advocates for systems change.

Participants will develop strategies to: define LGBTQ health disparities based on new/emerging data, improve care through evidence-based clinical practices, improve climates for LGBTQ patients and clients through policy, system and environmental change, and assess current health and human service systems changes at federal/state/county levels.

The host organization, Rainbow Health Initiative (RHI), is an LGBTQ health advocacy organization located in Minnesota. RHI fulfills its mission of advancing the health and wellness of LGBTQ communities through research, education and advocacy.

The conference is supported by a Planning Committee consisting of community advocates and representatives from: CLUES, LGBT Therapists, Outfront Minnesota, Rainbow Health Initiative, Training to Serve, United HealthGroup, Mayo Clinic, University of St. Catherine, Livio Health, Essentia Health, Medica and MN AIDS Project.

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