Advancing Excellence in Transgender Health 2021
Friday, October 1 - Sunday, October 3, 2021

Join us for the 7th annual Advancing Excellence in Transgender Health Conference!

Advancing Excellence in Transgender Health was developed in response to the high volume of queries from clinicians and health care staff seeking to learn about providing high-quality care for adults, adolescents, and children who are questioning their gender identity or who identify as transgender or gender-diverse (TGD).

This conference is designed to train the whole health care team in providing responsive and confident gender-affirmative health care, grounded in research evidence and best clinical practices. Sessions are led by expert faculty specialized in TGD focused research and patient care. The conference is appropriate for all members of health care teams, including physicians, behavioral health care providers, physician assistants, nurses, and other staff. Sessions are led by expert faculty specialized in transgender-focused research and patient care. The conference is appropriate for all members of health care teams, including physicians, behavioral health care providers, physician assistants, nurses, and other staff.

Featured Key Note Speaker: Dr. Rachel Levine, Assistant Secretary for Health

Secretary of Health & Human Services Xavier Becerra Swearing in Dr. Rachel Levine as the Assistant Secretary of Health

Rachel L. Levine, M.D.
Assistant Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Rachel L. Levine serves as the 17th Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where she fights every day to improve the health and well-being of all Americans. She’s working to help our nation overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and build a stronger foundation for a healthier future – one in which every American can attain their full health potential. Dr. Levine’s storied career, first in academic medicine, and as a physician then Pennsylvania’s Physician General and then as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, has focused on the intersection between mental and physical health, often treating children, adolescents, and young adults.

Save the Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 6pm ET

Opening Session Entertainment: Johnny Wu, Magician

Johnny is a world-renowned celebrity magician who’s performed for the world’s biggest corporations (Google, Apple, Spotify, and Netflix) and celebrities such as Jamie Foxx and Jessica Alba. And now, YOU can enjoy all of his magic from the comfort of your own home. Johnny doesn’t do your typical magic tricks. Instead, you will experience an immersive high-caliber magic show guaranteed to leave lasting memories for all.

Following Dr. Levine’s Key Note, Johnny will amaze us with his magic from 6:30pm-7:30pm ET.

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Information about the Conference

This year’s sessions include:

  • Gender Affirmative Health Care
  • Unconscious and Implicit Bias
  • Considerations for TGD Providers Caring for TGD Patients
  • Gender-Affirming Hormone Therapy
  • Behavioral Health Care
  • Primary and Preventative Health Needs
  • PrEP and HIV Prevention
  • Gender-Affirming Surgeries
  • Puberty Blockers and Hormone Therapy for Youth
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Fitness and Wellness for TGD People
  • Transgender Legal Issues
  • Providing Mental Health Assessments for Gender Affirming Surgery Referral Letters
  • Collecting Gender Identity Data
  • Engaging Leadership and Organizational Change
  • And more!

In addition to didactic presentations, attendees will learn from lived experience panels and have the opportunity to engage in interactive discussions that highlight medical and behavioral health approaches to gender-affirmative care, led by experienced clinicians specialized in transgender health.

Optional: Pre-Conference Training, September 30th

This year an optional pre-conference day will be provided for all attendees interested in additional introductory education regarding care for transgender and gender diverse people. There is no additional fee to attend but pre-registration is required.

2021 Virtual Conference Poster Presentation Program

This year, a virtual poster presentation program will be available during the course.
Note: For conference attendees who visit the poster presentations during the course, continuing education credits will not be provided.

What is a poster?
 A poster is a visual presentation that illustrates the processes and results of your project. A poster must clearly articulate the question or problem you are addressing, provide a description of how you addressed the question or problem, and an explanation of how the work contributes to the field of advancing health care for transgender and gender diverse (TGD) people. Posters should include text and illustrative elements such as tables, graphs, or photographs.

How will the presentation work?
Selected authors will be responsible for submitting a pre-recorded video of three to five minutes in length describing the project and findings as well as a downloadable one-page PDF poster. No live presentations will be given. However, real time-engagement through the conference platform, where you can directly correspond with attendees, will be available.

Important information:
-Presenting authors must be available throughout the conference, Friday October 1, 2021 – Sunday October 3, 2021 to respond to attendee questions. Conference registration is required.
-Authors may submit abstracts on any topic related to TGD health care.
-All authors who have results to present are eligible to apply (we will not accept abstracts that merely describe research methods). We highly encourage the submission of clinically-focused, evidence-based abstracts.
-Applications must be submitted using the online submission form by 5pm ET on August 27th.
-Accepted applicants will be notified via email by September 3rd.
-Final pdf of poster and mp4 of video must be uploaded to the conference platform (instructions will be sent to accepted authors) by September 24th.

We look forward to seeing you in October!

For questions and inquiries, please contact us.