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37th GLMA Annual Conference on LGBTQ Health
LGBTQ Health Across the Lifespan

Call for Abstracts EXTENDED to March 19th! 
Submit Your Abstract Now!

Conference Theme & General Topics

The conference theme, LGBTQ Health Across the Lifespan, will highlight the importance of understanding the ever-changing healthcare needs of LGBTQ people throughout their lives, from birth to end-of-life care. The GLMA Annual Conference on LGBTQ Health will focus on comprehensive and team-based approaches to healthcare and research that optimize the mental and physical wellbeing of LGBTQ people from all age cohorts, while taking into consideration the intersection of sexual orientation, gender identity, and age with other identities. Abstracts and proposals addressing this theme will be prioritized.

General topics presented at GLMA’s Annual Conference include:

  • Academic health (medicine, nursing, etc)
  • Aging
  • Behavioral health
  • Bisexual health
  • Cancer
  • Cultural competence
  • Differences of sex development
  • Emerging LGBTQ health concerns
  • End of Life Care
  • Families, fertility and relationships
  • Gay/MSM health
  • Health across the lifespan (e.g., youth, aging)
  • Health policy and advocacy
  • Health professions education
  • HIV/AIDS, infectious disease and STI prevention, testing and treatment
  • Lesbian/WSW health
  • Mental health
  • Original, scientific research
  • Primary care
  • Public health
  • Resilience factors in LGBTQ communities
  • Reproductive health
  • Sexual health
  • Substance abuse treatment/prevention
  • Transgender health
  • Youth/Adolescent Health

*GLMA encourages the submission of clinically-focused, evidence-based abstracts.

Format of Sessions
GLMA is calling for two types of abstract submissions: Workshop Sessions and Original Research Sessions (oral and poster presentations). Please read the Guidelines to identify which submission type is right for you.

How to Submit Abstracts

GLMA is debuting a more intuitive abstract submission portal as we migrate to our new, user-friendly membership software system. We appreciate your patience during this time, as we iron out any issues and finalize design details.

*Prior to beginning the submission process, we ask that you review the Guidelines for Submitting Abstracts. These guidelines highlight expectations for abstracts, and include a description of the 2 types of abstracts that will be considered for the GLMA Annual Conference: workshop and original research sessions.*

Click here to submit your abstract online. 
Abstracts must be submitted by 11:59PM Eastern on March 19, 2019 (final, extended deadline).

The system will automatically shut down at this time, and any abstracts not fully submitted by this time will not be accepted.

We highlight recommend that you open up the Instructions & Tips document to help you navigate the new submission portal. 

We also advise that you create your abstract prior to beginning the online submission process, and to use spell-check and word count features on a word processor to check the text of your abstract before submitting it.

In order for your submission to be complete, you must:

  1. Complete the online application (including information for every presenter - do not include individuals who will not be presenting)
  2. Disclose relevant financial relations for EVERY presenter (by attaching completed Speaker Forms for each speaker through the online application)
  3. Submit a CV/resume AND headshot for each speaker through the online application.

To view a sample abstract, click here.

Please click here for the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us or call 202-600-8037, ext. 308.

Additional Information About the Annual Conference

The following information is intended to help you identify the educational needs of GLMA’s Annual Conference attendees and prepare your abstract to meet those needs. Previous conference programs are available GLMA’s conference website.

GLMA’s Annual Conference draws over 400 participants from various health professions including physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, mental and behavioral health specialists and social workers, dentists, pharmacists, researchers, educators, health policy specialists, advocates, administrators, public health practitioners, health profession students and others interested in improving health for LGBTQ individuals.

Professional Competencies
Abstracts should address at least one of the following competencies:

1. Healthcare Knowledge: Healthcare knowledge is an understanding of the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, management, and prevention of disease.
2. Interpersonal and Communication Skills: Interpersonal and communication skills are important to effective information exchange with patients, patient family members, members of the health care team, and the health care system.
3. Patient Care: Patient care is the ability to provide health care that is compassionate, appropriate, safe, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health across the life span.
4. Professionalism: Professionalism is a commitment to personal development, individual accountability, ethical practice, sensitivity to a diverse patient population, and adherence to legal and regulatory requirements in health care.
5. Practice-based Learning and Improvement: Practice-based learning and improvement is ongoing dedication to assess, evaluate, and improve patient care practices.
6. System-based Practice: System-based practice encompasses the societal, organizational, political and economic environments in which health care is delivered.


Speaker Forms (download fillable set of forms)
Frequently Asked Questions
Sample Abstract

Please feel free to email us if you have questions.

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