2023 PA LGBTQIA Health Summit

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Findings from the 2022 PA LGBTQ
Health Needs Assessment are here!

To best share these findings with our community, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is partnering with the Pennsylvania Public Health Association (PPHA) to present Pennsylvania's LGBTQIA Virtual Health Summit. Featuring expert keynote speakers, community moderators, and findings from the PA LGBTQ Health Needs Assessment, this presentation series builds on momentum built by last year’s virtual Pennsylvania LGBTQIA Health Conference to share critical information on the health and wellness needs of LGBTQIA Pennsylvanians. 

Each virtual event will feature a keynote speaker, 2022 PA LGBTQ Health Needs Assessment presented by the research team, and a Q&A session moderated by an LGBTQIA community advocate working with one of the many incredible community-based organizations that make the PA LGBTQ Health Needs Assessment possible. 

Continuing Education Units are available for nursing and social work. 

Registration is required to view each summit presentation.
There is no fee to register! All events will be live streamed.

March 15 - Social Determinants of Health 

Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lisa Spacek, MD, PhD | Novus ACS, Chief Medical Officer

Moderator: James Wilkie, LMSW | LGBT Center of Greater Reading 

Explore the social determinants of health that contribute to barriers to care and health disparities impacting LGBTQ people. Findings related to food insecurity, financial insecurity, homelessness, discrimination, violence, and respect for LGBTQ identity will be shared. James Wilkie, LMSW of the LGBT Center of Greater Reading will lead a community discussion about how to turn this data into action. 



April 12 - Culturally-responsive Health Education

Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST

Keynote Speaker: George Fernandez | President & CEO of Color & Culture

Moderator: Jorian Rivera-Veintidos | P.O.P Program, galaei

Discuss how health promotion campaigns can be effectively tailored to different demographic groups to address health disparities. Findings related to intra-community health disparities, healthcare discrimination, and recommendations for welcoming and affirming practices will be shared.



May 10 - Mental Health

Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST

Keynote Speaker: Rahim Tawer | Psychotherapist and Community Organizer

Moderator: Dr. Tyler Titus | Compton’s Table | founder 

Reflect on the unique mental health strengths and challenges present in the LGBTQ community. Findings related to loneliness and isolation, depression, suicide, self-harm, and substance use will be shared. Dr. Tyler Titus of Compton's Table will lead a community discussion about how to turn this data into action. 



June 21 - Taking Pride in Tobacco Cessation

Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST

Keynote speaker: Brian Zepka, MPH | World Resources Institute

Moderator: Tesla Taliaferro | Rainbow Rose Center | President

Learn about new LGBTQ-specific cessation campaigns and discuss the current perspective on tobacco use among LGBTQ Pennsylvanians. Findings related to tobacco use, interest in quitting, and free resources from the PA Free Quitline will be shared.


This program is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Click to download presentation slides:

Watching Recordings of previous sessions:

March 15 recording

April 12 recording

May 10 recording

June 21 recording