Addressing the health needs of gender diverse people in rural America.

Rural Voices: Caring for Gender Diverse and LGBTQ+ Communities in Rural America brings together healthcare professionals, community members, and activists to focus on the needs and experiences of trans and LGBTQ+ people in rural regions. The one-day conference is sponsored by Equitas Health, Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (HCOM), the Southeastern Ohio Rainbow Alliance (SEORA), and the Ohio University LGBT Center.

The next Rural Voices will be held virtually on February 26th, 2021.

Rural Voices provides opportunities for learning, sharing, and finding community. Sessions
will cover topics including trans and LGTBQ+ health and health disparities, substance abuse in the LGBTQ+ community, HIV/STI prevention, and accessibility of care to understand “caring” both in relation to healthcare as well as community-building. Through lenses of intersectionality, allyship, and advocacy, all sessions feature panels or presentations from a wide range of backgrounds and lived experiences.

The learning objectives for Rural Voices are:

  • Develop a foundational knowledge about gender diversity, including health needs and disparities.
  • Increase skills and confidence for providing medical and behavioral health services to transgender and gender diverse communities.
  • Identify strategies to meet the unique healthcare needs of gender diverse communities in a rural context.
  • Connect health and social service providers with resources for transgender & gender diverse communities


Agenda will be announced in September, registration will open in October.

Special Thanks to our Partners