Whew! Inclusive Health 2015 has come to a close. Though we’re still combing through surveys and collecting informal feedback, overall the conference went very well!
Everything ran smoothly thanks to our team of volunteers, our speakers knocked it out of the park, and there were some great discussions and questions from our diverse group of participants. Again we’d like to express our gratitude to our sponsors: the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, the Alumni Assocation, and the Medical Students Association.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s conference such a success!
It’s 2015, and we’ve come a long way in terms of the respect and inclusion of LGBTQ people – both within healthcare, and in Canadian society. So it’s sometimes important to stop and ask ourselves, what do we still have to work on?
Despite strides in acceptance, research still shows disparities in the health of LGBTQ people – higher rates of smoking, lower rates of cancer screening (like mammography and Pap tests), and higher rates of anxiety and depression. There are also significant barriers to healthcare access: for instance, long wait times for transgender care.
There have also been a number of exciting breakthroughs in LGBTQ medicine, representing protective therapies that are not yet mainstream knowledge. These include the emergence of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, and the use of puberty blockers for transgender adolescents (which were validated by a recent study as safe, reversible, and beneficial). But until more doctors and patients are familiar with these treatments, they will remain under-utilized.
Lastly, there are still traces of outdated attitudes within healthcare – heterosexuality assumed as default, gay and bisexual men being seen as promiscuous, and trans people as being defined by their genitals or their chromosomes. Positive media representation is helping to shift these stereotypes, but having conversations about LGBTQ health also plays a part in making people more comfortable with these topics.
Thanks for being a part of the process to improve the health and wellness of LGBTQ people! We hope to see you at the conference.
With the conference coming up in just over a week, we’re getting very excited seeing our registration numbers climb and getting our programmes ready!
If you haven’t already bought your ticket, there’s still time for online registration through Eventbrite!
Tweet us at @uofasga, or use the hashtag #InclusiveHealthUAlberta – tell us what you’re looking forward to, or what topics you’d like to see included in future years!
We’ve been hard at work preparing for Inclusive Health 2015, after last year’s success!
Our second annual LGBTQ healthcare conference will be held Saturday, February 28. We’ve moved to the Matrix Hotel downtown, and hope to fill 200 seats!
We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be Dr. Carys Massarella, an emergency physician and transgender advocate from Hamilton, ON: http://www.alumni.westernu.ca/alumni-gazette/spring2014/finding-your-identity.html
We will be posting our program as soon as the schedule is finalized, so check here for further updates!
This event is part of the University of Alberta Pride Week: http://www.prideweek.ualberta.ca/
Dear Inclusive Health Supporters,
THANK YOU! Our conference was an immense success thanks to all of those who came out to support our initiative. A special thank you to our title sponsor the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, as well as the Alberta Medical Association’s Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion Grant, the University of Alberta Medical Students’ Association, and the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services.
We had a blast running the event, and we’ve had some great press! We look forward to hosting the Inclusive Health Conference again next year, coinciding with the University of Alberta’s Pride Week.
Here are great articles and interviews that were published about our conference:
University of Alberta News: http://news.ualberta.ca/newsarticles/2014/may/student-led-conference-destigmatizes-lgbtq-health
Edmonton Examiner: http://www.edmontonexaminer.com/2014/05/07/growing-support-for-sexual-orientation-and-gender-identity-advocacy-committee-suggesting-u-of-a-faculty-of-medicine-to-add-lgbtq-topics-to-curriculum
What’s Up UAlberta on CJSR Radio: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/whats-up-ualberta!-podcast/id821115886?mt=2
Until next year!
Inclusive Health Team
Are you ready for an amazing conference? Everything is set to go – see you at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow morning, bright and early! Looking forward to a full day of engaging speakers and open dialogue about LGBTQ health!
Tune into CJSR (88.5 FM) on May 1 between 5:30 and 6 for a feature on LGBTQ health and the Inclusive Health Conference! Elliott Tanti was kind enough to host a brief interview with one of our co-organizers on his show, What’s Up Ualberta!.
Wow! We are FIVE days away from the launch of our Inclusive Health Conference!
We have been getting some great press – listen to CJSR and look to the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry’s website soon. Our team was so excited that we decided to take a selfie!
See you THIS Saturday!
We are 10 days away from our conference launch! We hope that you are just as excited as we are for the conference to get started!
We are also extremely pleased to announce that Dr. Douglas Miller, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, will be giving opening remarks at our conference.
Keep up with the registrations! Spread the word! EVERYONE is welcome to attend!
We’ve surpassed the 1 month mark before the start of our inaugural University of Alberta Inclusive Health Conference. Countless hours have been dedicated by our conference steering committee to the planning and organization of this event, and we are so thrilled to see everything coming together!
Look to this space for any further updates, including confirmation of conference presenters, frequently asked questions, and more!