6th Annual LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference

Des Moines, IA US
February 24, 2018



  • $0: Des Moines University students, faculty, and staff
  • $25: Community members
  • $50: Providers

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Target Audience

Healthcare professionals and community members. 


This conference is aimed at addressing the health inequities and disparities LGBTQ Iowans continue to experience in our state. Health care professionals and community members alike gather to hear from key experts, participate in interactive workshops, and collaborate and connect with one another. Attendees will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to cultivate safe and welcoming health care environments for LGBTQ Iowans throughout the state.

Topics covered will include:

  • Mental Health in the Transgender Community
  • LGBTQ Data Collection in Iowa
  • LGBTQ Health Policy
  • Harm Reduction in Iowa
  • Biomedical Update (TelePReP, Primary Care Integration, U = U)
  • Self Care for Providers
  • ACES/Trauma-Informed Care
  • LGBTQ-specific Health Clinics
  • Transgender Healthcare
  • Sexual Assault in the LGBTQ Community


8 amRegistration and Light Breakfast
9 am

Welcome: Dr. Rich Salas - Chief Diversity Officer, Des Moines University and Dr. Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel - Executive Director, One Iowa

Special Message: DMU President Angela L. Walker Franklin, PhD

9:15 am

Opening Keynote Address: Overview of LGBTQ Health Inequities and Disparities in the United States

Regina Washington, DrPH, Director of LGBT HealthLink, a Program at CenterLink

  • Understand the current LGBTQ health inequities and disparities experiences in the United States.
  • Recognize specific health inequities and disparities within LGBTQ communities of color, disability, etc.
  • Utilize specific cancer and tobacco prevention strategies currently being implemented successfully.
10:15 am


10:30 am

Breakout 1: Body Dysmorphia Within the Trans Community

Joby Holcomb, LMHC CADC, Synergy Clinical Services

Breakout 2: Policy on LGBTQ Health

Rita Bettis, JD, ACLU of Iowa
Joe Freund, MD, UCS Healthcare

Breakout 3: Biomedical Update in Iowa

Cody Shafer, Iowa Department of Public Health
Greg Gross, MSW, The Project of Primary Healthcare
David Yurdin, PA-C, The Project of Primary Healthcare
Heather A. Smith, MSW, The Project of Primary Healthcare 

  • Identify the evidence behind Treatment as Prevention (TasP) and what an undetectable HIV status means for the future of patients living with HIV.
  • Problem solve and navigate barriers to accessing PrEP and medication adherence. 
  • Recommend a provider/patient clinic flow that allows for fluidity of care and quick access to PrEP as well as maintenance of PrEP follow-ups. 
11:30 amLunch, Awards, and DMU Student-Led Discussion
12:30 pm

Breakout 1: LGBTQ Data Collection in Iowa

Julie Baker, MPA, CHCEF, Iowa Primary Care Association
Pat Young, Iowa Department of Public Health
Elizabeth Baker, PhD, Des Moines University

  • Define SOGI categories listed on patient demographic forms.
  • List a minimum of three health disparities impacting LGBTQ individuals.
  • Apply at least one technique offered to aid in the collections of SOGI data. 
  • Describe the need for LGBTQ Health Assessment in Iowa.
  • Summarize preliminary findings from the ongoing assessment.

Breakout 2: Self-Care for Providers

Thomas Benzoni, DO, Des Moines University
Denise Hagerla, LISW, Counseling for Growth and Change
Jeritt R. Tucker, PhD, Des Moines University

  • Identify differences between vicarious traumatization, burnout, and compassion fatigue in the workplace.
  • Identify your own strategies and challenges in securing personal and professional self-care practices.
  • Identify specific ways that each person can strengthen their ability to improve their self-care strategies in personal and professional realms. 

Breakout 3: Navigating Life as a Transgender Man

Michael Hughes

  • Discuss how care for transgender patients is alike.
  • Distinguish how it is different than caring for non-transgender patients. 
  • Differentiate between transgender, intersex, and gender non-conforming.
  • Develop effective care strategies and “bedside” manners for dealing with transgender patients. 
1:30 pmBreak
1:45 pm

Breakout 1: Panel on New LGBTQ Clinics in Iowa

Kyle Christiason, MD, UnityPoint
Joe Freund, MD, UCS Healthcare

  • Process to promote inclusive culture within health system.
  • Learn healthcare access disparities that exist in state of Iowa for LGBT population.

Breakout 2: Medication Assisted Treatment

Nicole Gastala, MD, Primary Healthcare

  • Use medication in assisting with withdrawal while a patient is undergoing counseling. 
  • Describe the office-based opioid dependence maintenance therapy. 

Breakout 3: ACES/Trauma Informed Care in LGBTQ Community

Holly Hanson, Iowa Department of Public Health
Lora Kracht, DMACC

2:45 pmBreak
3 pm

Ending Keynote: Where Do We Go From Here?

Regina Washington, DrPH, LGBT HealthLink, a Program at CenterLink

  • Learn about best practices of action institutions and people in positives of power can use to influence policy and systems change.
  • List three things each individual can to do help improve LGBTQ health outcomes in Iowa.
3:30 pmClosing Remarks
3:45 pmAdjourn

Keynote Speaker

Regina R. Washington, DrPH, is the director of LGBT HealthLink, a program of CenterLink, working toward eliminating health disparities within LGBT communities as it relates to tobacco use and cancer.

Dr. Washington has over 15 years of combined experience in community, governmental and academic institutional leadership related to strategic planning, program and policy development, implementation, and evaluation.  Her presentations, projects and writings have focused on health disparities, health education and health policy, specifically related to tobacco cessation and cancer control.  Her public health practice focuses on geographic, social and behavioral factors associated with cancer health disparities among low socioeconomic status, minority racial/ethnic, sexual and gender minority, and other disadvantaged populations. 

Dr. Washington is also a nonprofit strategic consultant specializing in organizational strategic mapping, identifying and engaging partners, program design, provider-patient communication, health equity, tobacco cessation, and cancer health disparities.  She has also achieved numerous leadership and service awards, completed a health policy CERTA fellowship with the National Cancer Institute, and is a University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Public Health Leadership Scholar.


Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individuals have no conflict of interests with commercial interests to disclose.

  • Nola Aigner, Planning Committee Member
  • Elizabeth Baker, PhD, Speaker
  • Julie Baker, MPA, CHCEF, Planning Committee Member and Speaker
  • Thomas Benzoni, DO, Speaker
  • Rita Bettis, JD, Speaker
  • Kyle Christiason, MD, Speaker
  • Joe Freund, MD, Speaker
  • Nicole Gastala, MD, Speaker
  • Greg Gross, MSW, Planning Committee Member and Speaker
  • Denise Hagerla, LISW, Speaker
  • Holly Hanson, Iowa Department of Public Health, Speaker
  • Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, EdD, Activity Director and Planning Committee Member
  • Joby Holcomb, LMHC CADC, Planning Committee Member and Speaker
  • Michael Hughes, Speaker
  • Lora Kracht, DMACC, Speaker
  • Helena Mica, Planning Committee Member
  • Rich Salas, PhD, Activity Director and Planning Committee Member
  • Heather A. Smith, MSW, Planning Committee Member and Speaker
  • Jeritt R. Tucker, PhD, Speaker
  • Beth Turner, Planning Committee Member
  • Regina R. Washington, DrPH, Speaker
  • Tricia Yavitz, Planning Committee Member
  • David Yurdin, PA-C, Speaker
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 4.75 AOA Category 2­A
  • 4.75 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 4.75 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
02/24/2018 - 9:00am CST
Event ends: 
02/24/2018 - 3:45pm CST
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Des Moines University is located on a 22-acre campus in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa. Just west of downtown on Grand Avenue, the University is located in one of Des Moines’ most prestigious neighborhoods. The campus is in a historic neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets and gracious older homes and businesses. Its central location makes it easy to access the rest of the city and outlying communities. The campus is close to the Des Moines International Airport, located on the bus line and just blocks from local shopping and downtown Des Moines.


Continuing Education Credit

  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 4.75 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • MD:  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and One Iowa. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 4.75 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
  • Other: This live activity is designated for 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

Educational Grants

No commercial interest provided financial support for this continuing education activity.


Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas. The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 4.75 AOA Category 2­A
  • 4.75 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 4.75 IBON


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  • $0: Des Moines University students, faculty, and staff
  • $25: Community members
  • $50: Providers

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