LGBTQA Health Conference:

Addressing Health Disparities Based on Emerging Data      


June 14, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

June 15, 2017 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM


Mariott North, Cranberry Township PA 16066


Conference Sponsors: Pennsylvania Department of Health, Adagio Health, Northwest Tobacco Control Prevention Program, Tobacco Free Allegheny


PRESENTER(s): Dr.Rachel Levine, MD; Adrian Shanker, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center; Dr. Kristen Eckstrand, MD, PhD; Joanne Goodall, CRNP; Amy Shanahan, MS, CADC; Dr. Scout, Ph.D; Dr. Antoine Douaihy, MD




Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and asexual (LGBTQA) individuals face challenges when accessing and receiving care that may lead to preventable adverse health outcomes.  A Healthy People 2020 report found LGBTQ youth are 2 to 3 times more likely to attempt suicide, more likely to be homeless, and have a higher risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In addition, LGBTQ populations have the highest rates of tobacco, alcohol and other drug use. Transgender individuals experience a high prevalence of HIV/STD, victimization, mental health issues, and suicide. Gay and bisexual men have higher chances of major depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorder compared to other men.


The goal of this conference is to provide participants with emerging data, understanding, motivation and strategies for addressing health disparities, particularly tobacco with LGBTQA populations.


Target Audience


Physicians health practitioners, tobacco prevention and cessation specialists, mental health and addiction professionals, pharmacists, county health department professionals, nurses and others chronic disease specialists who work with health education and LGBTQA populations across Pennsylvania.         



Find the full schedule for both days here.


Learning Objectives

Find the list of learning objectives here.




To register for the event, please follow this link The last day to register is June 2, 2017.






A block of rooms has been set aside at the Pittsburgh Marriott North in Cranberry Twp, PA for the event at a discounted rate.  Book your room at the group rate here.


In the Area

There are a number of restaurants in the area that serve a variety of food


Continuing Education Credits

10 clock/contact hours are being offered at this conference. Continuing Education co-sponsored by Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC.  See the full description of credits offered here.


See the bios of presenters here and organizations participating in our Day 1 panel here.

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