LGBT Health and Wellness Conference

Des Moines, IA US
June 7, 2013


Provide culturally appropriate evidence-based practices that can be replicated and implemented by others while offering networking opportunities to connect participants.

Target Audience

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the state of Iowa.  Healthcare facilities, community-based organizations, institutions of higher education, and faith-based organizations. Healthcare providers, health educators, social workers, mental health providers, or other professionals working directly with the LGBT community within health and wellness.


  1. Educate health care professionals and clinics, faith/community organizations, in cultural competency for LGBTQ people.
  2. Educate members of the LGBTQ community on methods to assist clinics and health professionals in becoming culturally competent to LGBTQ people.
  3. Offer networking opportunities for attendees.
  4. Increase resource availability throughout the state.
  5. Address specific needs of LGBTQ people who are also of a racial or ethnic group.


9 amRegistration
9:45 amWelcome
10 am

Overview of LGBT Health: Panel Discussion

  • Joseph M. Freund, MD
  • Nicole L. Nisly, M.D., Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa Health Care
  • Katherine Imborek, M.D., Family Medicine, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  • David Yurdin, PA-C, HIV Program Director, Primary Health Care
11 amBreak
11:15 am

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Wellness – Dennis Haney 
  • Cancer in the LGBTQ Community – Katherine Imborek, M.D., Family Medicine, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  • Promoting Healthy Relationships and Positive, Consensual Sexuality in the LGBT Community – KellyMarie Ziemann
  • Community HIV/Hepatitis Advocates of Iowa Network – Tammy Haught
  • ​​​Pain is Inevitable, Suffering is Optional: Coming Out in Midlife and Mental Health Issues for LGBT People: Adolescence through Older Adulthood – Linda Trudeau, Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, ISU; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Loren A. Olson M.D., DLFAPA, Psychiatrist
12 pmLunch and Yoga
1 pm

iO Tillett Wright: Fifty Shades of Gay (Video)

“Artist iO Tillett Wright has photographed 2,000 people who consider themselves somewhere on the LBGTQ spectrum and asked many of them: Can you assign a percentage to how gay or straight you are? Most people, it turns out, consider themselves to exist in the gray areas of sexuality, not 100% gay or straight. Which presents a real problem when it comes to discrimination: Where do you draw the line?”

We hope you’ll find it interesting and inspiring as we all work toward equality.

1:30 pm 

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Growing up GLBTQ; Drinking/Drugging, The Risks & Solutions! – Kimori K. Goldsberry, CADC, Broadlawns Medical Center
  • LGBTQ Youth and Health – Ryan Roemerman and Nate Monson
  • Transgender Health – Joseph M. Freund, M.D. and Nicole L. Nisly, M.D., Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa Health Care
  • LGBT Cultural Competency 101 – Rich Salas, Ph.D., Director, Multicultural Affairs, Des Moines University
  • Grief in the Lives of Older Lesbians – Ginger C. Meyette, MSW, LISW, Ph.D., Professor, Social Work Program, Luther College
2:15 pmBreak
2:30 pm

Keynote Address
Policy and LGBT Health

  • Tom R. Harkin, J.D., Junior United States Senator, Iowa (Invited)
  • Jack G. Hatch, MPA, Senator, Iowa
3:30 pmNetworking
4 pmAdjourn

Social Media

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
06/07/2013 - 9:00am CDT
Event ends: 
06/07/2013 - 4:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Academic Center Lecture Halls
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 3.50 CE Contact Hour(s)


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