7th Annual LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference: Intersectionality As a Framework

Des Moines, IA US
February 23, 2019



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

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Target Audience

Healthcare professionals and community members. 


Welcome to the 7th Annual LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference! We are excited to have you join us as we work toward creating safer and more welcoming environments for LGBTQ Iowans in health care settings.

Our theme for this year’s conference is “Intersectionality as a Frame”. Many LGBTQ Iowans face additional barriers to health care based on how their LGBTQ identity intersects with their race, ability status, income level, immigration status, and more. Through this conference, we aim to encourage dialogue about how we can best serve community members who hold multiple marginalized identities.

In October 2018, University of Iowa College of Public Health, One Iowa, Des Moines University, and the Iowa Cancer Consortium released the LGBTQ Health in Iowa report, providing a much needed update to our understanding of LGBTQ health care access in our state. Unfortunately, this report made clear that we still have a lot of work to do to ensure every LGBTQ Iowan is able to access the care they need to be healthy. We encourage you to take a look at this report both online and at today’s conference.
We gather at this conference with a common goal: addressing the health inequities and disparities LGBTQ Iowans continue to experience in our state. We look forward to working with you as we overcome challenges and obstacles through education, collaboration, and better understanding of the LGBTQ community’s health and wellness needs. Together, we can create safer and more welcoming health care environments for LGBTQ Iowans throughout the state!

Educational Need

Over the last several decades, there has been growing awareness that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people may have distinct health needs. Indeed, scientific evidence has shown that sexual and gender minority individuals are more likely to smoke, be overweight, have greater risk of certain cancers, attempt suicide, encounter discrimination, face social stigma, and be less likely to receive appropriate health care than heterosexual and cisgender peers. 


8 am Registration and Light Breakfast
9 am


Angela Walker Franklin, PhD, President, Des Moines University
Rich Salas, PhD, Chief Diversity Officer, Des Moines University
Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, EdD, Executive Director, One Iowa 

9:15 am

Opening Keynote Address: Cultural Trauma in the LGBTQ Community

Joby Holcomb, LMHC, CADC, Private Practice Therapist

  • Define what cultural trauma is and name at least three different events that have been identified as traumatizing within the LGBTQ community.
  • Give examples of local, regional, national, and international events that continue to reinforce current cultural trauma.
  • List the negative and positive impacts of cultural trauma on identity formation and development.
10:15 amBreak
10:30 am

Breakout 1: PrEP and HIV Updates

Heather A. Smith, MSW, Prevention Services Manager, The Project of Primary Health Care, Inc.

  • Identify the evidence behind Treatment as Prevention (TasP) and what an undetectable HIV status means for the future of our 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. 

Breakout 2: Queer People of Color in Iowa: What Survey Data Tells Us

Paul Gilbert, PhD, Professor and Lead Investigator, University of Iowa 

  • Explain the rationale for analyzing a race-by-sexual orientation interaction.
  • Describe the health needs and strengths of LGBTQ people of color in Iowa.
  • Develop health promotion strategies for LGBTQ people of color in Iowa.

Breakout 3: LGBTQ 101

Keenan Crow, MPP, Director of Policy and Advocacy, One Iowa
Buffy Jamison, MA, Program Coordinator, One Iowa 

  • Define basic LGBTQ terms and concepts.
  • Distinguish between sex and gender.
  • Recognize unique challenges faced by LGBTQ folk, their friends, and families.
11:30 amLunch  
12:30 pm

Breakout 1: Harm Reduction and the LGBTQ Community

Sarah Ziegenhorn, Executive Director and Founder, Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition

  • List the key principles of harm reduction philosophy and the components of a successful syringe service program. 
  • Apply harm reduction principles to drug policy, professional relationships in a health and social services-delivery setting, and personal substance use behaviors. 
  • Construct areas of mutuality between movements for drug user health and rights and LGBTQ health and rights.

Breakout 2: Sexual Assault and the LGBTQ Community

Kimmie Andresen-Reed, LGBTQIA Services Coordinator, RVAP

  • Define LGBTQIA-specific dynamics of sexual violence, including incidence rates and institutional forms of sexual trauma.
  • Explain barriers to seeking services for LGBTQIA survivors of sexual violence.
  • List concrete skills for how to respond to a survivor when they disclose sexual violence.

Breakout 3: LGBTQ 201

Keenan Crow, MPP, Director of Policy and Advocacy, One Iowa
Buffy Jamison, MA, Program Coordinator, One Iowa 

  • Differentiate between gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and biological sex characteristics.
  • Recognize the impact of discrimination on the LGBTQ community both generally and specifically in health care settings.
  • Review the requirements under local, state, and federal policies regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.
1:30 pmBreak  
1:45 pm

Breakout 1: Iowa’s Medical Cannabidiol Act

Owen Parker, MPH, Program Manager, Office of Medical Cannabidiol, Iowa Department of Public Health

  • Review the medical cannabidiol law as it pertains to physicians and stakeholders, including: stakeholder definitions, roles, responsibilities and protections.
  • Identify the types of educational materials that the Department is providing to physicians about medical cannabidiol, including research and CME opportunities.
  • Review the compliance infrastructure of the medical cannabidiol program, as well as form and quantities of products allowed.

Breakout 2: Disability and the LGBTQ Community

Emmanuel Smith, PABSS Advocate, Disability Rights Iowa  

  • Summarize the many ways the challenges facing the LGBT community overlap with the disabled experience and how those communities can work collectively to address discrimination.
  • Evaluate the many ways minority stress manifests in the LGBTQ/Disability community and the role the individual can play in using Allyship to mitigate its impact.
  • Construct a list of local actions the LGBTQ and Disability community can do to better recognize their intersectionality and work as closer allies.

Breakout 3: Transgender and Non-Binary 101

Max Mowitz, Office and Volunteer Coordinator, Young Women’s Resource Center

  • Distinguish between sex and gender. 
  • Use gender neutral language and non-binary pronouns and terms.
  • List at least three ways you can make your practice more gender inclusive and LGBTQIA friendly.
2:45 pmBreak  
3 pm

Ending Keynote: Good v. Iowa: DHS Update

Rita Bettis Austen, JD, Legal Director, ACLU of Iowa 

  • List the current legal protections for transgender patients against discrimination in healthcare in Iowa.
  • Review some pending cases impacting the legal landscape for transgender patients against discrimination in healthcare in Iowa.
3:30 pm

Policy Overview in Iowa

Keenan Crow, MPP, Director of Policy and Advocacy, One Iowa 

  • Review requirements under local, state, and federal policies regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.
3:45 pmAdjourn
    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: 
    02/23/2019 - 9:00am CST
    Event ends: 
    02/23/2019 - 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.


    Joby Holcomb, LMHC CDAC received his Master’s degree from Drake University and has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in a variety of settings including psychiatric medical institutes for children, outpatient substance abuse treatment programs, community mental health centers and private practice mental health.

    Mr. Holcomb is currently in private practice and was recently appointed as a special consultant for LGBTQ mental health in the state of Iowa. He conducts trainings across the state and region for organizations, schools, community mental health agencies and healthcare facilities on topics and issues impacting the LGBTQ community. He also provides supervision and consultation for students currently working on completing their master’s degree or working towards independent licensure.

    Mr. Holcomb's specialty areas include emerging substance use trends, transgender mental health, LGBTQ therapeutic best practices, trauma-informed care for LGBTQ individuals, gender dysphoria and body dysmorphic disorders. He currently serves on the One Iowa board of directors, is a member of the LGBT Advisory Council for the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission, and participates on an advisory board for New Beginnings Counseling Service.

    Rita Bettis Austen is the ACLU of Iowa’s legal director. In that role, she oversees the legal program’s efforts to promote and protect the basic rights and freedoms of all Iowans, and has worked on cases championing voting rights, freedom of speech, racial justice, gender equality, reproductive freedom, LGBT equality, immigrants’ rights, fair sentencing for juveniles, and the rights of the accused.

    Prior to becoming legal director, she was a staff attorney and legislative director for the ACLU of Iowa. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law, where she was editor in chief of the international law journal Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems. She is licensed to practice law in Iowa, New York, and Louisiana.


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

    • Jordan Allen, DO'21, Planning Committee Member
    • Kimmie Andresen-Reed, Speaker
    • Rita Bettis Austen, JD, Speaker
    • Emily S. Brown, BA, Planning Committee Member
    • Keenan Crow, MPP, Speaker
    • Paul Gilbert, PhD, ScM, Speaker
    • Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, EdD, Activity Director, Speaker, Moderator
    • Joby Holcomb, LMHC, CADC, Speaker
    • Buffy Jamison, MA, Speaker
    • Jamesetta Mator, MPH, Planning Committee Member
    • Helena Mica, MS, MA, Planning Committee Member
    • Max Mowitz, Speaker
    • Ashley Parker, BSW, Planning Committee Member
    • Owen Parker, MPH, Speaker
    • Tyler A. Rutherford, DO'22, Planning Committee Member
    • Rich Salas, PhD, Activity Director, Speaker, Moderator
    • Olivia Samples, Planning Committee Member
    • Heather A. Smith, MSW, Speaker
    • Emmanuel Smith, Speaker
    • Beth Turner, MA, CHES, Planning Committee Member
    • Sarah Ziegenhorn, Speaker

    Continuing Education Credit

    • 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 OneIowa. 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)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
    • 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.
    • 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 Health Professionals: This live activity is designated for a maximum of 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

    Educational Grants

    No commercial interest company 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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