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National LGBTQ Health Conference: Bridging Research and Practice
From a press release
2017-03-22

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CHICAGO — The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University and The Sexual Orientation and Gender Institute at Center on Halsted are pleased to host the 5th annual National LGBTQ Health Conference: Bridging Research and Practice.

This is the nation's only research conference that brings together scientists, public health professionals, and healthcare providers to improve the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender and queer populations.

With national sponsors including the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the Centers for Disease Control, the conference will focus on creating a dialogue between researchers and practitioners by integrating research findings and clinical application into each panel or symposium. The conference also fosters professional development and networking opportunities.

This year's conference themes are HIV/AIDS; Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Adolescent Health; Violence and Trauma; Suicide and Mental Health; and Intersections of Race/Ethnicity and LGBTQ Health.

The conference features two keynote speakers: Dr. Laura Kann, Senior Scientist and Chief of the School-Based Surveillance Branch in the Division of Adolescent and School Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Dr. Ilan Meyer, Williams Distinguished Senior Scholar of Public Policy at the Williams Institute. Expert panels and breakout sessions will showcase emerging research and practice in LGBTQ health.

The conference will be held on April 28th — 29th at Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile and will conclude with a Professional Development Institute at Center on Halsted on April 30th. Conference registration information can be found at community.centeronhalsted.org/sogi.

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The Institute of Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing ( ISGMH ) was founded in 2015 and is the first university-wide institute in the country focused exclusively on research to improve the health of the sexual and gender minority ( SGM ) community. ISGMH grew from director Dr. Brian Mustanski's IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program, which has been conducting state-of-the art translational research with LGBT youth populations since 2008. Learn more at isgmh.northwestern.edu .

Center on Halsted is the Midwest's most comprehensive community center dedicated to building and strengthening the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer ( LGBTQ ) community of Chicagoland. More than 1,000 community members visit Center on Halsted every day, located in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview Neighborhood. For more information, visit: www.centeronhalsted.org .


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