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Proposed Schedule

Keynote Speaker: Ericka Hart

A kinky, poly, cancer-warrior, activist and sexuality educator with a Master’s of Education in Human Sexuality from Widener University, Ericka Hart has taught sexuality education for elementary aged youth to adults across New York City for over 10 years, including serving as a Peace Corps HIV/AIDs volunteer in Ethiopia from 2008-2010.

Diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer in May 2014 at the age of 28, she realized that neither her identity as a queer black femme, nor her sex life as a survivor, was featured prominently in her treatment. She decided to do something about it: going topless (and viral) in public, bearing her double mastectomy scars to end the lack of black, brown LGBTQIA+ representations and visibility in breast cancer awareness.

Dismantling the ways that systemic patriarchy and anti-black standards of beauty affect our everyday lives, Ericka is shifting ingrained cultural modes and attitudes on chronic illness and posits visibility as vital to any radically inclusive movement toward equity. But it is her work on the medical industrial complex that forces us to see our institutions and systems of care as complicit in the perpetuation of illness in marginalized communities; unabashedly centering and sentient such that queer, trans black, brown and femme voices aren’t lost among the drone of scholarly research less skilled than Hart in bringing academia to the places it refuses to go.

Audiences around the world admire Ericka for her ability to challenge anti-blackness everywhere it rears its head–from the front pages of magazines, fashion week runways to the lectern. She is committed to empowering students to make a difference in the world and with each other, opening up robust discourse that connects sexual health and wellness to the systemic issues at the root of social injustice, helping students at over 20 colleges and universities across the country this past year alone discover actionable steps to confront those issues powerfully.

Saturday

Schedule for Saturday
*The schedule above reflects the confirmed schedule pre-postponement. While we are working to ensure our current speakers and contributors are able to participate in the fall, schedule changes are anticipated
Time Presentation
8am-8:45am Breakfast, Registration, Poster Set-Up
8:45am-9:00am Introduction to Conference
9:00am-9:45am Plenary Speaker 1: Darin Latimore, MD
Topic: What does LGBTQ+ Leadership in Healthcare Look Like?
9:45am-10:30am Plenary Speaker 2: Nathan Ha, MD, PhD
Topic: LGBTQ+ History and Healthcare
10:30am-10:40am Quick Break/Wrap up time
10:40am-11:40am Keynote Address and Q&A: Ericka Hart, M. Ed.
Topic: TBD
11:40:am-12:50pm Lunch served 12:00pm
Unstructured time for mingling and poster viewing
1:00pm-1:45pm Plenary Speaker 3: Ronica Mukerjee, MSN, DNP, FNP-BC, MsA, LAc, AAHIVS
Topic: Race, LGBTQ+ Identity, & Incarceration
1:45pm-2:30pm Plenary Speaker 4: Gregg Gonsalves, PhD
Topic: We Will Be Citizens: From AIDS Activism to Global Health Justice
2:30pm-3:45pm Structured Work Time: Collaboration with MSPA on petition to LCME
3:30pm+ Wrap Up & Send Off
5:00pm-7:00pm Evening Mixer and Charity Drag Event

Sunday

Schedule for Sunday
*The schedule above reflects the confirmed schedule pre-postponement. While we are working to ensure our current speakers and contributors are able to participate in the fall, schedule changes are anticipated
Time Presentation
8:00am-8:30am Breakfast
8:30am-9:15am Plenary Speaker 1: Mathew Shurka
Topic: Conversion Therapy and the Healthcare System
9:15am-10:00am Plenary Speaker 2: Diane Bruessow, PA-C, MPAS, DFAAPA
Topic: Leading in Trans Healthcare
10:10am-11:40am Workshop Session 1:
  • KC Councilor, PhD on Graphic Medicine
  • Trystan Reese on Creating Change: revolutionizing systems of inclusion
  • David Tate, PhD on Activating LGBTQ+ Lived Experience for Better Leadership
  • Skyler Jackson, PhD on Thinking Intersectionally about LGBTQ+ Health: Theory, Research, and Applications
  • Matthew Wickersham & Jess Zonana, MD on Integrating LGBTQ Mental Health Training in Medical and Residency Education
  • Mikveh Warshaw, PMHNP, Morgan Mako, APRN, FNP-C, AAHIVS & Jona Tanguay, PA-S on Improving Care for LGBTQ+ Substance Users
11:40am-12:00pm Lunch Served
12:00pm-12:30pm Lunch continued & Poster/Author interaction
12:30pm-2pm Workshop Session 2:
  • KC Councilor, PhD on Graphic Medicine
  • Ericka Hart, M. Ed. on Radical Sex Positivity
  • David Tate, PhD on Activating LGBTQ+ Lived Experience for Better Leadership
  • Skyler Jackson, PhD on Thinking Intersectionally about LGBTQ+ Health: Theory, Research, and Applications
  • Matthew Wickersham & Jess Zonana, MD on Integrating LGBTQ Mental Health Training in Medical and Residency Education
  • Mikveh Warshaw, PMHNP, Morgan Mako, APRN, FNP-C, AAHIVS & Jona Tanguay, PA-S on Improving Care for LGBTQ+ Substance Users
2:00pm Closing Remarks, Feedback, & Future of Q-Forward