Elevate Care for LGBTQ+ Patients with Expert-led Sessions on Best Practices

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The One Iowa Midwest LGBTQ Health and Wellness Conference is dedicated to the holistic health of LGBTQ individuals in the Midwest. This inclusive event welcomes all those involved in LGBTQ health, including healthcare professionals, mental health practitioners, and healthcare support staff. Physicians, therapists, social workers, dentists, physical therapists, community health workers, and medical students are all invited to participate.

The 2024 conference will be held in person in Iowa City on Monday, September 23rd, at the Courtyard Marriott at University Heights. 

Focused on navigating the interlocking systems of care for LGBTQ community members and addressing associated barriers, the conference prioritizes submissions that emphasize intersectionality and the liberation of all LGBTQ people. Sessions that tackle issues such as racism, ableism, xenophobia, rurality, fatphobia, and classism are highly valued in the selection process.

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Loren Schechter

Dr. Schechter started his medical career with a desire to care for a wide range of people, from children to adults of all genders. He has always been motivated to help patients find solutions to complex surgical challenges. 

That motivation has driven him to become an internationally recognized expert in genitourinary reconstruction and surgery. After attending medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, he pursued his residency and fellowship at the University of Chicago Medical Center in the fields of plastic and reconstructive surgery, as well as reconstructive microsurgery. 

He has practiced plastic surgery and LGBTQ+ care for over 20 years with a focus on chest surgery, breast surgery and genitourinary surgery. He provides treatment to patients with a variety of needs, both reconstructive and cosmetic. 

At RUSH, he performs procedures using cutting-edge technology with a comprehensive approach, consulting with colleagues in medicine, primary care, endocrine, behavioral health, mental health, social services, rehab services and occupational therapy. 

Schechter’s patients praise his care as individualized, with keen attention to detail. He wants each patient to walk away from their first appointment knowing that they’ve had a thorough evaluation and that their goals and needs have been addressed thoroughly. 

Schechter most looks forward to patients expressing their satisfaction with their results and that their goals have been met. For him, that is the mark of truly successful care. 

In his spare time, he enjoys tennis, jogging, golf and spending time with family. 

Submit Request for Proposal

Interested in submitting a proposal? Our Request for Proposals is open until July 15th, 2024 at 11:55 pm.

The One Iowa Midwest LGBTQ Health and Wellness Conference sessions will last for 75 minutes, including at least ten minutes for participant engagement and question and answer. One Iowa will be offering continuing education credits for healthcare providers.

Have questions? Email Program Director Max Mowitz at max@oneiowa.org or Program Coordinator Cecilia Martinez at cecilia@oneiowa.org for more information and support.

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Emily Brown

Partnering with One Iowa and bringing their leadership and expertise to the table to work alongside our Executive Leadership team allowed UnityPoint Health to begin providing frequent and regular LGBTQ education for teams across the system… The impact the partnership with One Iowa has had will live on for decades to come.

  • Emily Brown
  • UnityPoint Health