One Iowa and Des Moines University to Host 7th Annual LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference

One Iowa, a statewide LGBTQ organization, and Des Moines University will host the 7th Annual LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference on Saturday, February 23 from 8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. at the Des Moines University Student Center. The event is aimed at addressing health inequities and disparities LGBTQ Iowans experience.

“Many LGBTQ Iowans struggle to access inclusive healthcare,” One Iowa Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel said. “Some travel for hours to receive basic preventative care from a provider they trust, and others feel so unsafe they don’t access medical care at all.”

“Our current political climate has frightened much of our community, particularly transgender Iowans, and exacerbated this problem even further. Many LGBTQ Iowans also face additional barriers based on their race, ability status, income level, immigration status, and more. This year’s conference theme is ‘Intersectionality as a Framework’, and we aim to encourage dialogue about how we can best serve community members who hold multiple marginalized identities.

“Increasing healthcare access for LGBTQ Iowans is one of One Iowa’s top priorities, and this conference is a crucial part of that work. Healthcare providers, LGBTQ Iowans, and allies have much to learn from one another, and this conference provides an opportunity for them to gather in one space to learn and work toward solutions together.”

Registration is free for Des Moines University students, $25 for the general public, and $50 for healthcare providers who want to apply for continuing education credits. The registration page can be found here.

Topics covered will include:

  • General LGBTQ knowledge track (LGBTQ 101, LGBTQ 201, Transgender and Non-binary 101)
  • Cultural trauma in the LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ-specific health clinics
  • Mental health in the LGBTQ community
  • Sexual Assault and the LGBTQ community
  • Disability and the LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ health policy in Iowa
  • Transgender healthcare
  • Update on transgender Medicaid ban case (Good v. Iowa Department of Human Services)
  • And more!

Joby Holcomb, LMHC CDAC, appointed special consultant for LGBTQ mental health in the state of Iowa, will give the opening keynote address at 9:15 a.m. Rita Bettis Austen, legal director of the ACLU of Iowa, will give the closing keynote address at 3:00 p.m.

A full agenda can be found here. This event is open to press.