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GLMA 2014 Annual Conference and Nursing Summit

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GLMA Conference September 10-13
The 2014 GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality Conference and will take place September 10-13 in Baltimore, Maryland. Amy Wilson-Stronks is concluding her board term as Vice President of Education at the conference, but will remain active in GLMA as a member of the new Nursing Section and continue as a member of the Education Committee. GLMA has an increasingly strong interest in facilitating mentoring opportunities for students and young professionals in the health professions, and will be hosting a mentoring event to allow students as well as young and seasoned professionals to network and learn from each other. For more information, please visit the GLMA website at www.glma.org.

GLMA Nursing Summit September 10th
The second annual GLMA Nursing Summit will precede the GLMA conference and take place on September 10, 2014. The nursing summit focuses on LGBT issues in the nursing field and provides LGBT allies and supporters with the tools they need to improve LGBT healthcare. A table topic will be facilitated on the organizational climate around LGBT health and nursing. The conference is highly anticipated after the interest and strong turnout generated in 2013.

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Wilson-Stronks at the White House

Posted by Amy Wilson-Stronks

On July 24, 2014, Amy Wilson-Stronks, on behalf of Wilson-Stronks LLC and GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, was invited to and attended a special White House Briefing on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the LGBT Community, sponsored by the Office of Public Engagement. LGBT health advocates from across the country were engaged through presentations and panel discussions from grassroots policy and advocacy organizations working to support LGBT enrollment under the ACA.

Briefing highlights included the release of Out2Enroll’s Key Lessons for LGBT Outreach and Enrollment under the Affordable Care Act and President Obama’s proclamation declaring Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgender Pride Month, 2014.

“It was incredible to see so many people come together to discuss solutions to healthcare access. LGBT people suffer disproportionately in access to quality healthcare, and that is why having targeted interventions to communicate, educate, and support the LGBT community during the rollout of the ACA is so important. Kudos to the White House, Out2Enroll, and all of the stakeholders for supporting access. Wilson-Stronks will work to do our part to share this valuable information.”—Amy Wilson-Stronks

As much as this briefing celebrated success, it also recognized some of the ongoing challenges including spread of misinformation outside of the ACA marketplace, lack of public understanding of the differences between the ACA and private marketplaces implementing the law within faith-based institutions (such as Hobby Lobby), access to specialized care for the transgender community, states that have not expanded Medicaid, and states without state exchange programs. Important questions were also raised regarding the limited choice of providers and the expansiveness of the network of providers for consumers enrolled in the marketplace.

Pictured (left to right from top row) GLMA Board members: Sarah Fogel, Henry Ng, Travis Sherer, Amy Wilson-Stronks, Adam Crosland, Hector Vargas (Executive Director), Ed Craft, Jesse Joad, and Laura Hein.