The fifth National LGBTQ Health Conference: Bridging Research and Practice was held on April 28-30, 2017 in Chicago. Held every two years, it is the only interdisciplinary translational 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. The conference was co-organized by the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University and the Sexual Orientation and Gender Institute (SOGI) at Center on Halsted. National sponsors included the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the Centers for Disease Control.
The conference specifically focused on creating a dialogue between researchers and practitioners by integrating both research findings and clinical application into each panel or symposium. We further aimed to foster professional development and networking opportunities.
The conference themes centered on HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, adolescent health, violence and trauma, suicide and mental health, and the intersections of race/ethnicity and LGBTQ health.
The 2017 conference took place at the Hyatt Centric Magnificent Mile and Center on Halsted in Chicago, IL.
Conference highlights included keynote speeches; expert panels and breakout sessions showcasing emerging research and practice; a Professional Development Institute; and continuing education units that were offered for psychologists and licensed mental health providers in the state of Illinois.
Dr. Laura Kann is the 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
Dr. Ilan Meyer is the Williams Distinguished Senior Scholar of Public Policy at the Williams Institute.
“This conference was especially beneficial for students and early career professionals not only because of the specific emphasis on professional development but also because of the interdisciplinary nature of the theme. I enjoyed hearing perspectives from social work, medicine, basic sciences, public health, psychology, and queer and gender studies, which is often missing from our more field-specific meetings. For anyone looking to get into or cultivate research on sexual and gender minority health issues, if this conference isn’t on your radar already, it should be. I look forward to what new elements the National LGBTQ Health Conference will add in the future.”
- Dennis Li, PhD
The conference was co-hosted by the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) of Northwestern University and Center on Halsted’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Institute (SOGI).
Presenting Sponsors: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities; the Calamus Foundation; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Additional Sponsors: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; Northwestern Medicine; Third Coast Center for AIDS Research; Northwestern University Office of the Provost
The fifth LGBTQ Health Conference, Bridging Research and Practice was made possible in part by the generous support of the American people through the grant NU14PS005075 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the grant 1R13MD011360 from the National Institutes of Health. The views expressed in conference materials and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of Centers for Disease Control or National Institutes of Health, nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the US government.