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LGBT Health and Wellness Conference

April 12 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 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

Click here to view the pictures from the 2014 LGBT Health and Wellness Conference. 


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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 faced 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.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency through your health facility or workplace.


Time Presentation Title and Speaker
8 a.m. Registration
9 a.m. Serving the Queerest of the Queer: Advocate for a Transformed Health Care Delivery System
Marj Plumb, DrPH, MNA, Plumbline Coaching and Consulting, Inc., Omaha, NE – Bio
10 a.m. Break
10:10 a.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Prevention – Sexual Preventative Health in Women Who Have Sex with Women, Kaitlyn McCune, The University of Iowa
  • Mental Health – Internet Intimacy and Male Sexual Functioning Across the Life Span, Loren A. Olson, MD, DLFAPA, United Community Services – Bio
  • Cultural Competency – Masculinizing and Feminizing Medications for Trans* Identified Persons, Katie Imborek, MD, The University of Iowa – Bio (Repeated at 2 p.m.)
  • Quality of Life/Wellness – Transgender Issues Impacting Youth, Joseph Freund, MD, Franklin Family Practice (Repeated at 11:20 a.m.)
11:10 a.m. Break
11:20 a.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Prevention – Substance Abuse in the LGBT Community, Jacob Stevenson and Erin Bowers, CPS, Employee and Family Resources
  • Mental Health – Therapists and Psychosocial Assessments with Transgender Individuals, Candice Maier, MS, LMFT-t, The University of Iowa (Repeated at 3:15 p.m.)
  • Cultural Competency – Ask the Clinician, Ruth Trecker, ARNP, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland
  • Quality of Life/Wellness – (Repeat) Transgender Issues Impacting Youth, Joseph Freund, MD
12:20 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m.

Health Care Panel

  • Joseph Freund, MD, Franklin Family Practice
  • Katie Imborek, MD, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine – Bio
  • Myke Selha, LISW, MSW, 360 Degrees Therapy – Bio
  • Suzanne Zilber, PhD, Catalyst Counseling, P.L.C. – Bio
1:45 p.m. Break
2 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Prevention – Recent Developments in STDs and Their Impact on Iowa’s Populations, George Walton, MPH, MLS(ASCP)CM, Iowa Department of Public Health (Repeated at 3:15 p.m.)
  • Mental Health – Getting to ‘All Women Welcome’: Share Your Experiences in Advocating for Gender Inclusion in Self-Help Groups, Veronika Kolder, MD
  • Cultural Competency – The Last Decade and the Next: Legal Developments in LGBT Healthcare, Mike Falkstrom, Esq., Planned Parenthood of the Heartland
  • Cultural Competency – (Repeat) Masculinizing and Feminizing Medications for Trans* Identified Persons, Katie Imborek, MD
3 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Prevention – (Repeat) Recent Developments in STDs and Their Impact on Iowa’s Populations, George Walton, MPH, MLS(ASCP)CM
  • Mental Health – (Repeat) Therapists and Psychosocial Assessments with Transgender Individuals, Candice Maier, MS, LMFT-t
  • Cultural Competency – Creating a Safe Environment (CASE) for LGBT Iowans, Donna Red Wing, MA, One Iowa – Bio and Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, MA, CHES Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, One Iowa – Bio
  • Quality of Life/Wellness – Be Fit and Trim for Life: Discover Optimal Health!, Julia Egli, PA-C, UnityPoint Fort Dodge – Bio
4:15 p.m. Break
4:30 p.m.

Call to Action

Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, MA, CHES and Donna Red Wing, MA

5:30 p.m. Adjourn

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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  • Student – $15
  • Community Member – $25
  • Non-Clinical Providers – $40
  • Health Care Providers (physician, nurse, physician assistant, etc.) – $99

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.
  • 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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Continuing Medical Education
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312


This conference is proudly sponsored by Des Moines University, OneIowa Education Fund, and the LGBT Health and Wellness initiative.


  • American Cancer Society, Inc.
  • One Iowa
  • Ellen Hallin Life Strategies
  • Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Planned Parenthood of the Heartland
  • Polk County Public Health
  • University of Iowa River Landing

Continuing Education

ACCME:  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with ACCME® Essential Areas and Elements and Iowa Medical Society (IMS) policies. Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live education activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMS Logo

AOA: Des Moines University and the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for a maximum of 7.0 hours of AOA Category 2-A CME credits.

IBON: Des Moines University continuing education (provider #112) is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing as an accredited provider. This program has been reviewed and approved for 8.4 continuing education contact hours. No partial credit awarded.  

Other: This live activity is designated for 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

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.

Disclosure Statement

Des Moines University (DMU) prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preference. 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. If you have questions/concerns, please contact the DMU Continuing Medical Education office at 515-271-1596 or

Hotel Options

Hyatt Place Des Moines/Downtown
418 6th Avenue Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

  • DMU discount on standard rooms (based on availability)
  • Complimentary WiFi, hot breakfast

Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel
401 Locust Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Toll free: 1-800-514-4706

  • DMU discount on standard rooms (based on availability)
  • Complimentary WiFi

Des Moines Marriott – Downtown
700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

Other hotel options.

Welcome to Des Moines

In Des Moines, you can experience the excitement of the city and explore rural Iowa’s charming beauty. Connecting with your peers, shopping, food and activities make great memories.  This affordable, cosmopolitan city has an impressive blend of world class art and premier attractions, such as the Science Center of Iowa and the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.  Miles of trails to walk or cycle allow you to see the city and the beauty of its rivers and parks ~ just steps away from the conference.  Bicycles are available for rent through the BCycle program!  When it comes to dining, our city offers incredible food prepared by talented chefs.  You will experience some of the finest tasting pork to Tai pizza.  Another added benefit is downtown’s four-mile, climate-controlled skywalk system (the largest skywalk system per capita in the world), our booming suburbs, and unique shopping in the East Village. Greater Des Moines is a growing metropolis with an array of attractions and entertainment in a setting that boasts a rich history, a thriving present and a very bright future, all while maintaining a special charm that touches all who visit.  Learn more about Des Moines at the following websites:


April 12
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Des Moines University, Student Education Center (SEC) Auditorium
3200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312 United States
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