Mental Health Considerations Within The Transgender Community

Des Moines, IA US
March 30, 2023


There is no cost to attend, and all interested individuals are invited to participate.

Two attendance options:

Target Audience

DMU faculty, staff, students, residents, and the medical community.

Educational Need

Transgender individuals are a high-risk population for mental and physical health problems and are consistently and systemically underserved by the American medical system. Regular harassment and discrimination contribute to high rates of stress and—combined with adverse social, political, and economic risk factors—make transgender individuals significantly more likely to experience poor health outcomes. Structural, institutional, and individual barriers to access to care and a lack of cultural competency from many healthcare providers contribute to the disparities in health between transgender and cisgender populations.

The DMU TransHealth Series educates healthcare providers to identify and change the systemic barriers to care that cause transgender health inequities and improve knowledge about transgender-specific care.


  1. List 2-3 mental health stressors for transgender patients.
  2. Utilize available mental health support resources for transgender patients.


Joby Holcomb, LMHC, CADC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor

Joby received his Master’s degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Joby has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in various settings, including Psychiatric Medical Institutes for Children, outpatient substance abuse treatment, and private practice mental health. 

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 CPME
  • 1.00 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
03/30/2023 - 12:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
03/30/2023 - 1:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Lecture Hall 1
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States
+1 (515) 271-1596

Accreditation Statements

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the 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 activity for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • DPM: Des Moines University (DMU) is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. DMU has approved this activity for a maximum of 1.0 continuing education contact hours.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
  • Other healthcare providers: This live activity is designated for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Educational Grants

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


The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals, medical procedures, and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The 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.

  • Samantha Anderson - Planning Committee Member
  • Shika Andhole - Planning Committee Member
  • Elizabeth Baker, PhD, MPH, CPH - Planning Committee Member
  • Alina Beltrami, MS - Planning Committee Member
  • Madison Chen - Planning Committee Member
  • Alicia Ernst - Planning Committee Member
  • Vanessa Gray, MHA, CMP, CHCP - Planning Committee Member
  • Anna Geiger - Planning Committee Member
  • Joby Holcomb, LMHC, CADC - Speaker
  • Lindsay Mahaney - Planning Committee Member
  • Katelyn Maliszewski - Planning Committee Member
  • Kayla Matteo - Planning Committee Member
  • Helena Mica - Activity Coordinator and Planning Committee Member
  • Rianna Reimers - Planning Committee Member
  • Claudia Xie - Planning Committee Member


The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only. It 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

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


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There is no cost to attend, and all interested individuals are invited to participate.

Two attendance options: