The 2020 SGM Virtual Health Conference is available asynchronously.

The SGM Health Conference is a gathering of topics related to instructing and training clinicians, administrators and others about the issues facing the LGBTQIA populations and access to healthcare services. These training sessions are provided by experts to assist those in the healthcare field understand the barriers to care, the unique challenges facing the bodies of this population, as well as, the nuanced position these individual hold in a system that holds their access to healthcare as something that can be denied through exemptions provided by law.
Each session delves into the critical issues facing the healthcare team with regard to treating these patients.

 Follow up Q and A sessions will begin in November 2020 to address specific questions of participants. is where the schedule is listed and access to the Q and A sessions can be found. Please contact Anna Dobbins at to submit questions or for general information about the schedule. Please contact Jay Cafferata with any other questions at

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop a foundational understanding of SGM health and identify the inequities in healthcare for SGM populations 
  2. Identify how policy and healthcare for both physical health and behavioral health impacts the overall well-being of SGM populations 
  3. Learn strategies for improving SGM health through healthcare, policy, and advocacy.
  4. Be able to implement strategies from the presentations in the workplace as a healthcare provider, student, or community member to improve SGM health

Target Audience:

  • Public health professionals 
  • Physical health providers
  • Behavioral health providers 
  • Community members
  • Students

Duration: 18 hours

Continuing Education: N/A

Format: Web-based, asynchronous 

Last Updated: August 28. 2020 

For any questions, please contact Jay Cafferata at

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Welcome & Introduction

    • Welcome to the 2020 Sexual and Gender Minority Virtual Health Conference

    • Conference Instructions

  • 02

    Keynote Presentations

    • Transgeder 101

    • Intersex Health in Nevada: 2020

    • An Affirming Intake

    • COVID-19 and the LGBTQIA+ Community

  • 03

    Behavioral Health Presentations

    • Writing Standards of Care Letters

    • Behavioral Health Disparities Among GSM High School Youth in Nevada

    • Combating Cisgenderism: Improving Mental, Relational, and Behavioral Health Care Delivery for Transgender Clients

    • Nutrition and Mental Health: Eating Disorders in the LGBTQ+ Population

    • Subjective Cognitive Decline Higher Among Sexual and Gender Minorities

    • Transitioning Mindfully With Transgender Individuals using Mindfulness and Coping Strategies

  • 04

    Physical Health Presentations

    • Gender Affirming Surgery

    • LGBTQ Health- How Pharmacists Can Make An Impact

    • Hormone Therapy for Gender Transition

    • Seniors and Sexual Health

    • Primary Care for the Gender and Sexual Minority Client

  • 05

    Policy Presentations

    • Nevada, SCOTUS, and Your Healthcare

    • Safe Environments and SGM Populations

    • Community Based Participatory Research

    • A Clinician's Role in Advocacy

    • Access and Barriers to Care

  • 06

    Course Evaluation

    • Course Evaluation


A special thanks to the Nevada Office of Minority Health and Equity for its forward-thinking promotion of equity-driven concepts.  HiAP and SGM modules were developed through a collaborative partnership with the Nevada Office of Minority Health and Equity.

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