8th Annual LGBTQ+ Healthcare Symposium: Finding Strength in Opportunities

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*Registration payment includes Credit Cards and Interfund Transfers ONLY.

Target Audience

Physicians, NPs, PAs, Nurses, Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, any interested healthcare professionals and community members.


This event provides an opportunity for healthcare professionals and community members to come together to share best practices and practical information that will address the health inequities and disparities faced by the LGBTQ+ population. The symposium is dedicated to improving healthcare systems, inspiring hope and better providing equitable and accessible healthcare for LGBTQ+ patients.

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In collaboration with Atrium Health - Department of Behavioral Health.


LGBTQ Policy Updates
Ames Simmons, JD
Senior Fellow, Duke University School of Law

Mental Health Implication for Patients not Receiving Gender Affirming Care
Eileen Geiger, LCMHCA
Charlotte Trans Health

End of Life Care for LGBTQ+ Individuals
Gary Stein, JD, MSW
Professor & Director of Gerontology and Palliative Care
Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University

Cathy Berkman, PhD, MSW
Professor & Director of Palliative Care Fellowship
Graduate School of Social Service, Fordham University

Hormone Treatment Panel Discussion
Moderator: Benjamin Simmons, MD
Robyn Koeppen, MD
Shamieka Dixon, MD
Erin Cook, MD
Ashlan van Cleeff, MD

LGBTQ+ Support through Community Resources & Social Media
Bethany Corrigan, MPH

Closing Remarks: Call for Action
Pastor Mykal Shannon
Dynamic Faith Ministries

Webinar Information
This Live Webinar will be broadcast with Zoom. Instructions to join the Live Webinar will be emailed prior to the event. You can test your computer by going to the Zoom Test Page

Accreditation Statement
Atrium Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
Atrium Health designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA accepts certificate of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician Assistants may receive a maximum of 5.25 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

5.25 Nursing Contact Hours
South Piedmont Area Health Education Center is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

5.25 Clock Hours NBCC
South Piedmont AHEC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5096. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. South Piedmont AHEC is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

5.25 Contact Hours (category A) CE for NC Psychologists
South Piedmont AHEC is an approved provider by the North Carolina Psychology Board and designates 5.25 contact hours (Category A) for NC Psychologists.

0.5 CEUs / 5.25 Contact Hours
No partial credit will be awarded.

Learning Outcome:
The participants will be able to gain knowledge about the unique health considerations and barriers for the LGBTQ population and best practices and practical information that will lead to improving healthcare systems and better provide equitable and accessible healthcare for LGBTQ population.

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  • SIMMONS:Describe trends in LGBTQ+ policy at the state level in 2024 and the impact of policy on population health.
  • GEIGER: Describe Gender Dysphoria and the purpose of Gender Affirming Care (GAC)
  • GEIGER: Identify mental health disparities of Trans and Gender Diverse (TGD) population and the impact of stigma, discrimination, and minority stress.
  • GEIGER: discuss barriers to implementing and receiving gender affirming care and implications for transgender diverse individuals.
  • GEIGER:Discuss current research in the benefits of gender affirming care and explore professional and clinical recommendations.
  • STEIN+BERKMAN: Describe the extent and type of disrespectful and inadequate care experienced by LGBTQ+ individuals and their partners when receiving care for serious illness, including oncology, hospice, and palliative care
  • STEIN + BERKMAN: Describe and develop potential recommendations to address disparities in care, including staff training, institutional practice, policy remedies, and advocacy for changes in public policy.
  • STEIN + BERKMAN: Describe the personal impact of discriminatory serious illness care on LGBTQ+ patients and partners.
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: Define WPATH (World Assn for Transgender Health.
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: Discuss the requirements/guidelines/indications for hormone therapy per WPATH and Endocrine Society.
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: Discuss counseling future fertility needs/concerns in adults and children.
  • CORRIGAN: Describe the types of online spaces and the benefits and opportunities the platforms offer.
  • CORRIGAN: Discuss the specific risks of online spaces.
  • CORRIGAN: Discuss tips for maximizing online opportunities.
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: Discuss contraindications regarding the use hormone therapy.
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: Discuss the impact of the NC legislative changes on the care that can be provided to teens/children.
  • SHANNON: Discuss the concepts included in the program as ways to better provide equitable and accessible healthcare for LGBTQ+ patients.


Patricia McLellan BSN, RN, 704-512-6523


May 17, 2024
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Erin Cook MD, Bethany Corrigan , Shamieka Dixon MD, Eileen Geiger MA LCMHCA NCC, Robyn Koeppen MD, Ames Simmons BA JD, Benjamin Simmons MD, Danielle Willis
May 17, 2024
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Check-In Time
8:15 AM
0.50 - CEU
5.25 - Contact Hours
5.25 - NBCC Hours
5.25 - Nursing Contact Hours
5.25 - CME for Physician Assistants
5.25 - AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
5.25 - Contact Hours (category A) CE for NC Psychologists
Live Webinar
May 17, 2024
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Live Webinar
Registration Fee
Residents /Students/Community Members (non-healthcare providers). Please contact Patti Mclellan at Patricia.McLellan@atriumhealth.org to receive a registration code.
Contact Hours
NBCC Hours
Nursing Contact Hours
CME for Physician Assistants
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Contact Hours (category A) CE for NC Psychologists