Third Annual LGBTQI+ Health Symposium: Health Disparities in Marginalized LGBTQI+ Populations

Friday, April 12, 2019
Swedish First Hill  - Glaser Auditorium
747 Broadway
Seattle, Washington

Swedish Medical Center’s Third Annual LGBTQI+ Health Symposium is designed to identify and evaluate the barriers to care and other healthcare inequities faced by marginalized populations within the LGBTQI+ community. Featuring roundtable panel sessions with representatives from advocacy organizations and didactic lectures from expert faculty, this course will evaluate how intersectional identities affect the healthcare experience for LGBTQI+ patients.  This course will also explore ways in which healthcare professionals can improve their patient care and outcomes, as well as advocate for their patients in practice. Topics of focus will include Intersex persons, communities of color, refugees, HIV and substance abuse in LGBTQI+ patients.

This conference is intended for all healthcare professionals including physicians, ARNPs, PAs nurses, allied health professionals, administrative leaders, patient health advocates and residents/fellows from Washington, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and Oregon.

Online registration is closed. Walk-ins are welcome.


Despite increased visibility and understanding of the LGBTQI+ community in the current environment, healthcare disparities continue to exist, particularly within further marginalized populations.  Studies consistently show those with intersectional identities face greater discrimination and stigmatization than those in the majority population.  Additional research shows that the implicit bias of healthcare professionals can impact the care provided to this vulnerable community.   


This conference aims to provide a forum for discussion to identify existing healthcare disparities and barriers to care for marginalized populations in the LGBTQI+ community, examine intersectionality and the role it plays in health disparities, and discuss regional resources and solutions to healthcare barriers to help support the marginalized communities within the LGBTQI+ population. Healthcare providers must be aware of the impact of intersectional identities within the LGBTQI+ community to enhance the care given to their patients and improve patient outcomes. 



At the conclusion of this symposium, the participant will provide better patient care through an increased ability to:

  • Discuss the healthcare inequities and barriers to care faced by marginalized communities within the LGBTQI+ population
  • Evaluate the role intersectional identities play in health disparities within the LGBTQI+ community
  • Develop an awareness of the health concerns of Intersex persons
  • Discuss the evolving threats faced by the LGBTQI+ community within the changing political landscape


Accreditation with Commendation|
Swedish Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
Swedish Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

AAFP Prescribed Credits
This Live activity, LGBTQI+ Health Symposium, with a beginning date of 04/12/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to  7.50 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This workshop has been approved for 7.25 CEUs by the Washington Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Your Provider number is #1975-324.

For Nurses
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are accepted for Washington State RN Continuing Education requirements as well as for application and renewal of specialty and advance practice certification through both ANCC and AANP (1 CNE hour is equivalent to 1 CME hour). 


Ulysses Burley, III, M.D.
Founder | Principal
Program Director
ELCA Strategy on HIV and AIDS

Charissa Fotinos, M.D., MS
Clinical Associate Professor
University of Washington
Deputy Chief Medical Officer
Washington State Health Care Authority

Karen Fredriksen Goldsen, PhD
School of Social Work
University of Washington

Aleks Martin, MSW, CDP
Program Supervisor
Seattle Counseling Service

Amanda Saenz
Youth Program Manager

Kevin Wang, M.D.
Family Medicine Physician
Swedish Medical Center


Lina Ali
Marsha Botzer, MA - Ingersoll Gender Center
Miguel Angel Duncan Bravo - YWCA Seattle King Snohomish
Monisha Harrell - Equal Rights Washington
Eric Holzapfel - Entre Hermanos
Katie Hultquist - OutRight Action International
Itai Jeffries - Seattle Indian Health Board
Tai Jordan
Treasure Mackley - Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii
April Nishimura
Macland Nyaga

Steven Sawyer - People of Color Against AIDS Network
David Ward - Legal Voice
Elayne Wylie - Gender Justice League
Martha Zuniga - Entre Hermanos

Swedish CME maintains full control of the content of every course we provide. It is our policy to identify and resolve all speaker and planner conflicts of interest. Each speaker is required to give a balanced, evidence-based presentation that is free of commercial bias.

Planning Committee

Kevin Wang, M.D., Course Chair
Amie Bishop, MSW, MPH
Katie Hultquist
Jeff Natter
Michelle Eng, CME Specialist
Caye Boosalis, MEd, CME Manager


   Advance Registration
MD/DO  $280* 
Allied Health Professional $145*
Patient Advocate/Community Health Organization (no CME credit needed) $75
Resident/Fellow/Med Student Please contact Swedish CME to register

* After Monday, April 1, please add $30 to Advance Registration pricing. 

Registration Information
Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Participants who register by the Advance Registration date will receive a reminder email after Monday, April 1, 2019. Registrations will only be processed when accompanied by full payment. 

To receive a refund, notice of cancellation must be received no later than Friday, April 5, 2019.

Special Accommodations
If you require specific dietary or physical accommodations, please contact Swedish CME at or 206-386-2755. 

Registration Fees
Swedish CME is a self-sustaining unit and does not depend on or receive public monies in support of its educational efforts. The fees for this course include catering, all instruction materials, wi-fi access, and a certificate of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.