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LGBT Health and Wellness Conference

March 7 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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LGBT_Health_Initiative_13Mission: We are committed to improving the overall health among LGBT Iowans through education, public awareness, and resources.

Description: The coalition meets monthly to discuss issues related to the health and well-being of LGBT Iowans.

General Information: If you are interested in donating time or resources, if you’d like to join the coalition, or if you have a project you’d like to collaborate on, please contact Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, Chair, LGBT Health Initiative at

View pictures from last year’s conference!

Register Online Submit Abstract

Oral presentation abstracts may be submitted with your registration. Submission deadline is February 27.

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.


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


  • Become more aware of the health inequities face by the LGBT community and how they can help in reducing the inequities in Iowa.
  • Learn best practices to better serve the LGBT community in health care facilities and through health promotion programs.
  • Network with community members from across that state to connect, share best practices, and develop relationships for partnership and collaboration.
  • Improve their own cultural competency and understand how they can continue cultural competency personally and through their health facility or workplace


Time Topic
8 am Registration and Coffee
9 am Welcome
9:15 am Keynote Address – Honoring Our Oath: Supporting the Health and Well Being of the LBGTQ Community
Heather Hackman, EdD
10 am Break
10:10 am Concurrent Breakout Sessions – Speakers to be determined from abstract applications
11:10 am Break
11:20 am Plenary Address on Transgender Health
12:20 pm Lunch
1:10 pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions
2:10 pm Break
2:20 pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions
3:20 pm Break
3:30 pm Closing – Where Do We Go From Here?
4:30 pm Adjourn

Oral Presentation Abstracts

If the presentation is being given by multiple individuals, only the PRIMARY presenter (author) will submit on behalf of all presenters. The names of all co-presenters must be listed in the submission form. Submission deadline is February 27.

Presentations will be organized into sessions grouped by topics or disciplines with each presenter allotted 60 minutes. Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 will be used to project slides. Please make sure your presentation is compatible with this program. If you prefer to use a MAC computer or have video files, arrangements must be made prior to the program and you will be responsible for bringing an adaptor. Please contact DMU CME at or 515-271-1596. Presentation and video files should be stored on USB drives.

Each oral presentation must be accompanied by an abstracts which will be published in the meeting program. Please submit your abstract according to the following guidelines:

  • Format: Microsoft Word format
  • Font: Arial, 11 point
  • Margins: 1 inch on all sides
  • Spacing: Single-spaced
  • Justification: Left
  • Abstract body length: No more than 250 words
  • Type the title first, using title casing.
  • Capitalize the first letter of each word except prepositions, articles and species names. Italicize scientific names of organisms.
  • List all authors, institutional affiliations and short addresses (city and state only).
  • Bold the names of the author(s) presenting the work.

Abstract Example

Submit Abstract

Conference Materials

In an effort to go green, the conference materials will be available for download.  Prior to the conference, attendees will be emailed a URL to access the materials.  Please feel free to bring your laptop or tablet with you to the meeting.  Internet is available compliments of Des Moines University and a power source is available at each attendee seat. 

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  • DMU students, faculty, preceptors, clinical instructors, and staff – $0
  • Non-DMU students – $15
  • Healthcare professionals (early-bird ends February 22) – $25
  • Healthcare professionals (beginning February 23) – $40

Register Online

Cancellation Policy

  • All cancellations must be received in writing at
  • A nonrefundable administrative fee (50% of registration fee) will be charged for all cancellations.
  • No refunds will be given three (3) business days prior to the activity start date.
  • Prior to the activity start date, cancelled registrations can be transferred to another individual for the same activity.
  • Individuals who fail to attend the activity (no-shows) will not be entitled to any refund. Forfeited fees may not be applied to subsequent activities.


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3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312


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MD:  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with ACCME® Essential Areas and Elements and IMSLogoIowa Medical Society (IMS) policies through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and the OneIowa Education Fund. DMU is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

DO: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards and policies of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) through the joint sponsorship of Des Moines University (DMU) and the OneIowa Education Fund. DMU is accredited by the AOA and approves this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 hours of AOA Category 2-A CME credit(s).

Nursing: Des Moines University continuing education (provider #112) is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing as an accredited provider. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 6.6 continuing education contact hours. No partial credit awarded.

Other: This live activity was designated for 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. Des Moines University (DMU) prohibits discrimination in a person’s race, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic information and other characteristics protected by law (“protected class”). The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to University facilities. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend DMU sponsored activities. You are able to access DMUs legal information here. If you have questions/concerns, please contact the DMU CME office at 515-271-1596 or


March 7
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Des Moines University, Lecture Hall 2
3200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312 United States
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