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Mind, Body, Spirit, and Policy: Holistic Approaches to LGBTQ Healthcare

36th GLMA Annual Conference on LGBTQ Health

The deadline to submit an abstract has passed.

About the Annual Conference

GLMA’s Annual Conference is the premier, interdisciplinary LGBTQ health conference and the world’s largest scientific gathering devoted to LGBTQ health issues and concerns.

GLMA’s Annual Conference educates practitioners, policy advocates, educators, administrators, researchers and students—from across the health professions—about the unique health needs of LGBTQ individuals and families. The conference is a forum for discussion and exploration of how best to address these needs as well as the needs of LGBTQ health professionals and health profession students. GLMA’s Annual Conference also reports on research into the health needs of LGBTQ people.

The conference theme, Mind, Body, Spirit, and Policy: Holistic Approaches to LGBTQ Healthcare, will highlight the integration of mental, physical, and behavioral health in LGBTQ communities, taking into consideration the intersection of sexual orientation and gender identity with other identities. Over the past year, the LGBTQ people, along with other vulnerable communities, have endured a continuous assault on their rights, taking a toll on their mental and physical well-being. The GLMA Annual Conference on LGBTQ Health will focus on comprehensive, team-based approaches to healthcare and research that deepen understanding and develop competency to ensure quality care for LGBTQ individuals. Abstracts and proposals addressing this theme will be prioritized.

General topics presented at GLMA’s Annual Conference include:

  • Academic health (medicine, nursing, etc)
  • Behavioral health
  • Bisexual health
  • Cancer
  • Cultural competence
  • Differences of sex development
  • Emerging LGBTQ health concerns
  • 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

*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

**Please follow the Guidelines for submitting an abstract application. Failure to do so may disqualify your abstract from the selection process.**

Click here to submit your abstract online.  Abstracts are due by 11:59pm ET on March 2, 2018.

We highly recommend reading the Instructions for using GLMA’s online system prior to starting your submission, and printing it for your reference as you progress through each step in the system.

Please create your abstract prior to beginning this online submission process. We also recommend using the spell check and word count features of your word processor to check the text of the abstract before submitting it.

In order for your submission to be complete, you must:
1. Complete the online application (including information for additional presenters)
2. Submit completed set of Speaker Forms for each speaker through the online application
3. Submit a CV or resume 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.

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.


Call for Abstract (download PDF version)
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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