Call For Abstracts

Thank you for your interest in submitting an abstract for the 2021 Transforming Care Conference!

Abstracts must be submitted by May 31, 2021 11:59PM EST

Conference Theme

The Equitas Health Institute will host the 2021 Transforming Care Conference on LGBTQ+ & HIV Health Equity, October 13-15, at the Fawcett Center on the Ohio State University Campus in Columbus, Ohio. This year’s conference theme—We see us!—challenges the LGBTQ+ community, queer people of color, people living with HIV, caretakers, and activists to hold up one another’s experience, to validate the knowledge that comes from living, doing, and being, and to acknowledge ourselves as relevant witnesses. The conference will feature dozens of presentations including live plenary speakers and breakout sessions that offer attendees the opportunity to witness the LGBTQ+ and HIV healthcare experience from the perspective of the patient, the social worker, the caregiver, the test counselor.

Conference Learning Objectives

  • Identify the differences and challenges of providing nuanced HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ+ centered care that is relevant and accessible to each patient’s/client’s race, ethnicity, class, spirituality, age, ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
  • Develop skills to increase positive health outcomes in the LGBTQ+/PLWH of all races, ethnicities, classes, spiritualties, ages, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities
  • Implement inclusive practices to eliminate or reduce health disparities in the LGBTQ+ and PLHW communities.


The Transforming Care Conference is known for the unique opportunity it has provided annually for over 500 professionals and community members to come together learn not only from research and best practices but from each other’s life and experiences. Our annual conference draws over 500 participants from various professions and backgrounds including physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counselors, public health practitioners, activists, and educators.

Abstract Submission Types

We seek proposals presented by and geared towards medical providers, mental health providers, social workers, activists, researchers, people living with HIV, and/or LGBTQ+ community members. We welcome a variety of proposal types including oral presentations, workshops, panels, and posters. Proposals should be engaging, and relevant to the learning objectives and theme of the conference.

Proposals may be submitted by individuals or groups and we value both professional and lived experiences. If applicable, content should be evidence-based. We are looking for proposals that will:

  • Engage attendees through the use of case studies, roundtable discussion, demonstrations, role playing, etc. in addition to, or in place of, PowerPoint presentations
  • Break down barriers and promote collaboration
  • Highlight new or innovate work
  • Create a welcoming and engaging learning experience

Proposal Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be scored on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to conference theme and audience
  • Relevance to HIV/AIDS or LGBTQ+ care
  • Addresses current issues
  • Innovation, creativity, novelty
  • Based on research, best practices, and/or lived experience
  • Proposal format and delivery method
  • Submitted learning objectives
  • Presenter’s competence and experience in subject matter

Proposal Submission Information

Proposals must be submitted through the Transforming Care Conference website by May 31, 2021 11:59PM EST. Proposals with incomplete or missing information will not be reviewed.

Notification of proposal acceptance will occur in late-June.

Questions & Abstract Support

The Abstract Committee is happy to offer support and mentorship for individuals who would like assistance with the creation and submission of an abstract. Please contact us at if you have any questions or would like assistance with submitting an abstract.