LGBTQ Student Association to Host Health Forum on Feb. 22

By Lisa Cisneros

The LGBTQ Student Association at UCSF invites members of the UCSF community to its sixth annual LGBTQI Healthcare Forum on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This innovative program, started in 2009, is the oldest and largest student-run LGBTQI health forum in the country. The forum educates attendees about health care disparities faced by members of the LGBTQI community, and aims to prepare current and future healthcare providers on how to better serve the needs of LGBTQI people in a clinical setting. 

A diverse range of LGBTQI specialists in health care will discuss a wide range of topics including transgender health, lesbian health, intersex awareness, gay men's health, youth and aging issues, and LGBTQI parenting. Attendees are given the opportunity to interact with specialists through small breakout sessions and panel discussions.

This event typically attracts more than 300 participants, including UCSF students, faculty, and staff, as well as many health care practitioners and students from other institutions. This health forum is offered as elective credit for current UCSF students.

The forum will be held in the Health Sciences West building on the UCSF Parnassus campus. Ticket prices range from $15 to $20, which includes breakfast, lunch and a reception.

This year, our scheduled keynote speaker is Eric Sawyer, co-founder of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition  to Unleash Power), Housing Works Inc., an organization that houses homeless people with AIDS, and Health GAP, Inc., a global health access program), which does advocacy around HIV and access to essential medicines. He is currently the Civil Society Partnership Advisor at the UNAIDS New York U.N. Headquarters Liaison Office.

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