LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference

February 19, 2022


You're invited to join us for a full day of online learning at the 100% virtual LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference on Saturday, February 19, 2022.


  • Healthcare Professionals: $75
  • General Admission: $25
  • Community Member: Pay as you can (donations encouraged but not required)
  • Des Moines University Faculty, Staff, and Students: $0

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Promoting Mental, Physical, Spiritual, & Social Health in the LGBTQ Community

Target Audience

All interested healthcare professionals.


Join us for the annual LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference as we bring healthcare providers and LGBTQ community members together to connect and learn. This virtual conference allows healthcare providers to gain valuable knowledge about best practices for serving LGBTQ folks and have the chance to meet and build trust with LGBTQ individuals. LGBTQ community members have the chance to learn more about LGBTQ-inclusive healthcare resources in their area, gain system navigation knowledge, and develop relationships with healthcare providers.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe barriers that LGBTQ Iowans face when attempting to access inclusive healthcare.
  • Recognize the importance of spiritual, social, and mental health on the overall health of LGBTQ Iowans. 
  • Discuss the discrimination that LGBTQ Iowans face and how that discrimination impacts health outcomes and overall well-being. 
  • Generate three action items focused on LGBTQ inclusivity to utilize in practice. 
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 5.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 5.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 5.00 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
02/19/2022 - 9:00am CST
Event ends: 
02/19/2022 - 2:45pm CST

All times are in Central Time. Agenda is subject to change.

9:00 amWelcome
9:15 am

LGBTQ Mental Health Best Practices

Nicole Holmberg, PhD, LP, Birchwood Wellness, LLC

  • Define terminology related to LGBTQ+ identities. 
  • Describe the importance of how and why issues related to minority stress and intersectionality have historically contributed to health disparities for the LGBTQ+ community, thereby making these identities social determinants of health. 
  • Discuss clinical concerns common in the LGBTQ+ community. 
  • Identify strategies for making your clinical documentation more affirming of LGBTQ+ patients and clients. 
  • List resources to further advance one’s competency in working with members of the LGBTQ+ community. 

LGBTQ-Affirming Sex Education

Elizabeth Wolfe, Planned Parenthood of the North Central States

  • Describe services provided at Planned Parenthood, specifically for the LGBTQ community. 
  • Discuss how educators and healthcare professionals can create a warm and welcoming environment for LGBTQ individuals.
  • Identify where to find resources to better serve LGBTQ Iowans.

LGBTQ Advisory Council Best Practices 

Erica Barz, ACLU of Iowa
Brett Burk, Drake University
Sonia Reyes-Snyder, Office of Latino Affairs
Mindy Begenat, Wells Fargo

  • Discuss the experience of the LGBTQ Advisory Council regarding advocacy within municipal government structures.
  • Describe the importance of having LGBTQ people in municipal spaces.
  • Get involved with LGBTQ advocacy in a municipal government.
10:15 amBreak
10:30 am

LGBTQ Doula Panel

Jen Leatherby, Jen Leatherby Art
Olivia Samples, Kismet Doula Services
Frieda Bequeaith, CLD, CSHE, Independent Doula

Chelsea Chism-Vargas, Independent Doula

  • Discuss specific needs of LGBTQ people accessing doula care.
  • Describe the doula framework and approach to holistic health.
  • Explain barriers LGBTQ doulas face in their field.

HIV/COVID Repeated Triggers

Loren A. Olson, MD, UnityPoint Health Des Moines

  • Describe how epidemics disproportionally affect those who are marginalized and disenfranchised.
  • Explain the importance of activism. 
  • Discuss why telling our stories is an important part of activism. 

LGBTQ Affirming Family Planning

Kay Switzer, Family Planning Council of Iowa

  • Describe the Title X program.
  • Identify barriers in healthcare for LGBTQ+ individuals.
  • List resources available for connecting uninsured patients to the reproductive healthcare they desire.    
11:30 am

Working Lunch - Keynote Presentation: LGBTQ Healthcare Best Practices

Becky Johnson, ANRP, Primary Healthcare 

  • Discuss specific needs of LGBTQ clients.
  • Describe best practices for working with LGBTQ patients.
  • Discuss barriers to accessing LGBTQ-affirming medical care.
12:30 pm

LGBTQ Iowan Healthcare Needs

Elizabeth Baker, PhD, MPH, CPH, Des Moines University
Malycki Mañon-Sosa, One Iowa

  • Explain the importance of assessing the health needs of LGBTQ Iowans.
  • Describe the impact that the collection of this data may have.
  • Discuss changes that may come from the continuance of this survey.

Mutual Aid Panel Discussion

Max Mowitz, One Iowa
Jo Allen, Iowa Trans Mutual Aid Fund
Na’lLa Clarkson, Des Moines Mutual Aid
Paxton Gillespie, Edna Griffin Mutual Aid

  • Describe the role of local mutual aid efforts in the health of LGBTQ people.
  • List what mutual aid includes and how it affirms the health of local communities.
  • Explain the systems of mutual aid that exist in Central Iowa.    

LGBTQ Pediatric Best Practices

Richard S. Robus, MD, UnityPoint Clinic

  • Define common LGBTQ+ terminology.
  • Identify different types of gender affirmation.
  • Discuss medical management of female to male transgender teens.
  • Discuss medical management of male to female transgender teens.    
1:30 pmBreak
1:45 pm

Closing Panel - Supporting LGBTQ Patients

Katie Chiaramonte, Love in the Face 
Jasper Chung, Jasper Chung Photography 
Ezra Krivolavy, Drake University 
Jamie Malone, Art by Jamie Malone
Breanna Young, JD, Parent of a Transgender Child

  • Empathize with the experiences of LGBTQ people and their family members as they navigate healthcare systems.
  • Discuss barriers that LGBTQ people face when accessing care. 
  • Explore how participants can provide better support and care to LGBTQ patients.
2:45 pmAdjourn

Jo Allen
Representative, Iowa Trans Mutual Aid Fund

Elizabeth Baker, PhD, MPH, CPH
Assistant Professor, Des Moines University

Erica Barz
Community Engagement Associate, ACLU of Iowa

Mindy Begenat
Talent and Diversity Strategist, Wells Fargo

Frieda Bequeaith, CLD, CSHE
Certified Labor Doula and Certified Sexual Health Educator

Brett Burk
Learning and Development Manager, Drake University

Katie Chiaramonte
Birth Doula, Bumble Tree Doula Services

Chelsea Chism-Vargas
Advocacy Manager, Planned Parenthood of the North Central States

Jasper Chung
Owner and Photographer, Jasper Chung Photography

Na’lLa Clarkson
Representative, Des Moines Mutual Aid

Paxton Gillespie
Representative, Edna Griffin Mutual Aid

Nicole Holmberg, PhD, LP
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Birchwood Wellness, LLC.

Becky Johnson, DNP, ARNP, AAHIVS
The Project Clinical Director, Primary Health Care 

Ezra Krivolavy
Graduate Student, Drake University

Jen Leatherby
Owner, Jen Leatherby Art

Jamie Malone
Owner, Art by Jamie Malone

Malycki Mañon-Sosa
Program Coordinator, One Iowa

Max Mowitz
Program Director and Certified Community Health Worker, One Iowa

Loren A. Olson, MD
Psychiatrist, UnityPoint Health Des Moines

Sonia Reyes-Snyder
Executive Officer, Office of Latino Affairs, Iowa Department of Human Rights

Richard S. Robus, MD
Pediatrician, UnityPoint Clinic

Olivia Samples
Doula, Kismet Doula Services

Kay Switzer
Outreach Coordinator, Family Planning Council of Iowa

Elizabeth Wolfe
Health Educator, Planned Parenthood of the North Central States

Breanna Young, JD
Parent of a Transgender Child



Accreditation Statements

  • 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 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 continuing education contact hour(s). Nurses must attend the entire session within each day to receive credit. Partial session credit is prohibited and will be forfeited.
  • Other Health Professionals: This live activity is designated for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.


The speaker(s) will 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.

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

  • Jo Allen - Speaker
  • Elizabeth Baker, PhD, MPH, CPH - Planning committee member and speaker
  • Erica Barz - Speaker
  • Mindy Begenat - Speaker
  • Frieda Bequeaith - Speaker
  • Brett Burk - Speaker
  • Katie Chiaramonte - Speaker
  • Chelsea Chism-Vargas - Speaker
  • Jasper Chung - Speaker
  • Na’lLa Clarkson - Speaker
  • Paxton Gillespie - Speaker
  • Nicole Holmberg, PhD, LP - Speaker
  • Becky Johnson, DNP, ARNP, AAHIVS - Speaker
  • Ezra Krivolavy - Speaker
  • Jennifer Leatherby - Speaker
  • Jamie Malone - Speaker
  • Malycki Manon-Sosa - Planning committee member and speaker
  • Helena Mica, MA, MS - Planning committee member
  • Max Mowitz - Activity director and speaker
  • Dustin Nguyen - Planning committee member
  • Loren A. Olson, MD - Speaker
  • Sonia Reyes-Snyder - Speaker
  • Richard S. Robus, MD - Speaker
  • Zachary Rochester - Planning committee member
  • Olivia Samples - Speaker
  • Samantha Schmitz, MPH - Planning committee member
  • Kay Switzer - Speaker
  • Elizabeth Wolfe - Speaker
  • Breanna Young, JD - Speaker


The information provided at this 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

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


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