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Call for Abstracts: 
38th GLMA Annual Conference on LGBTQ Health

(Now Closed)

Important Message from GLMA’s Education Committee:

We here at GLMA understand that the concerns facing the nation and world due to the coronavirus pandemic are severely impacting every aspect of our lives, including our professional activities. At this time, we are moving forward with planning for the GLMA Annual Conference on LGBTQ Health scheduled for Sept. 23-26, 2020 to ensure the content that is presented continues to be the highest scientific quality possible. 

The health and safety of our community is our primary consideration as we continue to plan for the GLMA Annual Conference. We will continue to actively monitor developments to determine whether any changes to conference programming are necessary, and we’ll be sure to communicate any potential changes as soon as we can. 

The call for abstracts has now closed. 

Conference Theme & General Topics:

Developing LGBTQ Health Leadership: Strategies to Strengthen Ability and Influence in LGBTQ Healthcare, Health Education, and Health Policy

This year's conference theme, Developing LGBTQ Health Leadership, will focus on strategies to strengthen the ability and influence of leaders to improve outcomes in LGBTQ healthcare, health education, and policy making at every opportunity.  We especially welcome abstracts pertaining to: (1) LGBTQ health, healthcare and health policy in rural, urban, and international settings; (2) research and strategies to improve the health of LGBTQ people of color, LGBTQ Indigenous people, and Two-Spirit individuals; (3) research on health education; (4) the impact of social policies and the political climate on LGBTQ health; (5) fertility considerations and reproductive health for transgender-expansive individuals, and sexual minority women; (6) the impact of climate change on LGBTQ health; and (7) community-led LGBTQ health initiatives.

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.

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 on GLMA’s conference website.


The GLMA Annual Conference draws over 500 participants from various health professions including physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, mental and behavioral health specialists, including psychologists and social workers, public health practitioners, researchers, educators, health policy specialists, advocates, administrators, health profession students and trainees, and others interested in improving health for LGBTQ people.

Evidence-Based Content:

GLMA is committed to ensuring all content presented at the Annual Conference provides a balanced view of therapeutic options, if applicable, and is evidence-based. Abstracts submitted for consideration should be developed based on evidence that is accepted within the presenter’s profession.

Applicable Competencies: 

GLMA expects each abstract to address at least one of the following Professional Competencies (ACGME Core Competency):

  • Healthcare Knowledge: Healthcare knowledge is an understanding of the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, management, and prevention of disease.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Practice-based Learning and Improvement: Practice-based learning and improvement is ongoing dedication to assess, evaluate, and improve patient care practices.
  • System-based Practice: System-based practice encompasses the societal, organizational, political and economic environments in which health care is delivered.

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