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Q-Forward: Building LGBTQI+ Leaders in Health Care

Q-Forward is sponsored by the Yale School of Medicine Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Dean’s Advisory Council on LGBTQI+ Affairs, and co-sponsored by the Yale School of Public Health, the Yale New Haven Hospital Office of Graduate Medical Education, the Yale Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), the Yale LGBTQ Affinity Group, and the Yale School of Nursing. Q-Forward also receives grant support from Belonging at Yale.

The Q-Forward 2022 Virtual Conference

The Q-Forward conference* aims to engage and inspire future LGBTQIA+ leaders in health care in the areas of research, clinical care, education, and policy/advocacy.

This virtual conference will include a keynote speaker, plenary sessions, interactive workshops, and posters that address the development of LGBTQIA+ future leaders in health care. Current students in the health care professions and undergraduate students who are interested in studying health care are invited to attend this event, as well as residents/advanced trainees and faculty with an interest in developing leadership among students.

Conference registration is FREE. This conference is sponsored by the Yale School of Medicine Dean’s Advisory Council on LGBTQI+ Affairs.

Save the dates

Saturday, April 30, 2022, 9:00am-1pm (EST)

Sunday, May 1, 2022, 1:00pm-5:00pm (EST)

*This is the second annual meeting of the conference, formerly known as “Q-Med.”


Day 1: Saturday, April 30, 2022 (all times in EST)

9:00 - 9:15am: Welcome and Opening Remarks

Darin Latimore, MD
Deputy Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer, Associate Professor of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine

9:15 - 9:55am: Keynote Address: Queer Wellness in Africa

Claudia Do Vale, MD
Founder, Queer Wellness Centre, South Africa

9:55 - 10:55am: Workshops

Workshop Option A: Exploring the Intersections
Farron Harvey, BA
Owner, Farron's View

Workshop Option B: Graphic Medicine: The Intersections of Comics and Health Care
KC Councilor, PhD
Assistant Professor, Southern Connecticut State University
*Supplies: Participants please bring a notebook or paper, a pen, and if possible, some coloring supplies (crayons, markers, colored pencils)

Workshop Option C: Seahorses and Unicorns: Understanding Transgender Fertility
Trystan Reese
Owner, Collaborate Consulting

Workshop Option D: “There’s nothing wrong with me”: Finding healing and agency through gender affirming practice
Stefan Simanovich, LCSW

10:55 - 11:05am: Break

11:05 - 12:25pm: Panel: Student-Led LGBTQI+ Health Clinics


  • Jess Zonana, MD, Wellness Qlinic at Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Matthew Wickersham, MD-PhD Student and Co-Executive Director of the Wellness Qlinic at Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Alex Zapata, MD Student, Texas Tech University Health Science Center
  • Neil Wary, MS Candidate and Student Manager for Community Outreach, Arbor Free Clinic, Stanford School of Medicine
  • Cole V. Roblee, BS, Medical Student, Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

12:25 - 12:55pm: Healthcare as Anti-Trans Violence: Embodied Reflections on SNOMED CT and ICD 10/11

Clair Kronk, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Medical Informatics

A Ram
PhD Candidate, Yale University

12:55 - 5:00pm: Poster Sessions & Mingle

Day 2: Sunday, May 1, 2022 (all times in EST)

1:00 - 1:10pm: Welcome & Opening Remarks for Day 2

Jessica Lewis, PhD, LMFT
Co-Chair, Q-Forward Planning Committee, Associate Research Scientist, Yale School of Public Health

1:10 - 1:40pm: Antifatness as Antiblackness: A Conversation with Da’Shaun Harrison

Da'Shaun L. Harrison
Author and Theorist

1:40 - 3:00pm: Panel: Gender Affirming Healthcare


  • Cayetana Navarro, MBA, PMP, Program Manager, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Yale School of Medicine
  • Jillian Celentano, MSW Candidate, Author
  • Roberto Travieso, MD, Surgical Director of Keck Medicine’s Gender-Affirming Care Program
  • Nathan Levitt, FNP-BC, MSN, RN, BSN, MA, Director of LGBTQ and Gender Justice Learning, Yale School of Nursing

3:00 - 3:10pm: Break

3:10 - 4:30pm: Panel: LGBTQI+ Mental Health


  • John Pachankis, PhD, Susan Dwight Bliss Professor, Yale School of Public Health; Director, Yale LGBTQ Mental Health Initiative
  • Skyler Jackson, PhD, Associate Research Scientist, Department of Social and Behavioral Science, Yale School of Public Health
  • Samara Fox, MD, JD, MPH, Resident, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Harvard Psychiatry Residency Program
  • Kristen Dew, MA, LMFT, CST, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and Owner of Growth Therapy, LLC

4:30 - 4:40pm: Closing remarks

John Encandela, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Associate Director for Curriculum and Educator Assessment, Teaching & Learning Center (SOM)

4:40 - 5:00pm: Poster Sessions & Mingle