Request For Proposals 




Deadline for proposal submission EXTENDED TO January 5, 2018. 

The 2018 Conference theme is LGBTQ+ Health: Advancing A Diverse Community Together.

The 2018 Meaningful Care Conference is the effort of a group of LGBTQ+ focused community programs and individuals who have joined together to promote cultural competency for healthcare and social service providers working with members of the LGBTQ+ community. It is the intention that the knowledge shared at this conference will improve health care provision, utilization, satisfaction, and outcomes for LGBTQ+ consumers through expanding access to culturally competent care. 

The conference continues to be one of the largest LGBTQ+ cultural competency trainings for medical and social service providers on the West Coast. The 2012, 2014, and 2016 Meaningful Care Conferences each had over 400 attendees and we expect even more in 2018.

The day-long conference seeks to:

  • Promote LGBTQ+ cultural competency in health care
  • Share best practice applications of LGBTQ+ cultural competency in health care
  • Develop and diversify networks of LGBTQ+ culturally competent health care providers
  • Provide a space for community and resiliency while empowering community to advocate and
    influence policy

Attendees will include medical care, social service, and allied health providers; city and county health
officials; students of healthcare and social services; and a diverse array of LGBTQ+ community members.

We are seeking a variety of beginning, intermediate, and advanced-level presentations and workshops.  Special consideration will be given to presentations that focus on one of the following topics:

  • LGBTQ+ Rural Health Care Considerations
  • LGBTQ+ People of Color
  • LGBTQ+ Children and Youth
  • Transgender or Gender Nonconforming Individuals
  • LGBTQ+ Aging and Health
  • HIV and STIs
  • Public Policy, Social Justice & Advocacy

Example LGBTQ+ topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

  • Intersectionality and strategies for addressing multi-level health disparities
  • Social determinants of health in LGBTQ+ Communities
  • Health care issues for LGBTQ+ youth
  • LGBTQ+ considerations for managing chronic conditions
  • Creating safe spaces
  • Harm reduction principles and strategies
  • Cultural competency and advocacy in practice
  • Genderqueer and transgender health care
  • Substance use and/or mental health best practices
  • LGBTQ+ health care access in rural and/or sub-urban areas
  • Positive sexual health for the LGBTQ+ community
  • Working with vulnerable populations-Homeless, Elders, etc.
  • Support staff sensitivity-creating allies in the front office
  • LGBTQ+ persons experiencing homelessness
  • LGBTQ+ trauma Informed care and intergenerational health organizing
  • Long term survivors of HIV
  • Effecting change in public policy for the LGBTQ+ community

Criteria for rating proposals include: 

  • Clear intent;
  • Learning objectives are achievable;
  • Presentation style supports integration of information into healthcare and social service settings;
  • Content relates to conference goals and is applicable in a variety of cultural settings; and
  • Proposal addresses the diversity of LGBTQ+ community and its health care issues.

Session formats may include lectures, panel presentations, roundtable discussions, and interactive workshops. 75 minute and 150 minute sessions are being considered.  Some sessions may be scheduled to repeat, once in the morning and again in the afternoon.  

Conference fees will be waived for presenters. Deadline for proposal submission is January 5, 2018. 

Please email Caitlin Wells,, with any questions regarding proposal submission. Please put MCC in the subject line.

The 2018 Meaningful Care Conference is coordinated by the LGBTQ Health Coalition of the Columbia-Willamette, a community-based partnership of agencies and individuals serving the LGBTQ+ community.

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