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The LGBT Health Funding Summit

Organizer(s): Funders Concerned About AIDS, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, & Grantmakers In Health

January 28, 2015
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM ET
W New York - Union Square
201 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10003

Despite our best efforts, we were unable to control the weather and we adjusted the schedule for the LGBT Health Funding Summit in light of the incoming blizzard. Everyone's safety is our foremost priority.

We have cancelled the scheduled programming for Tuesday, January 27th.

We have adjusted the schedule on Wednesday, January 28th to cover as much of the planned content as possible. The schedule is below.

Thank you in advance for your flexibility and patience. We are doing our best to maximize everyone's safety, while also respecting the time and investment of those who have already traveled here. We are also exploring ways to continue the conversation beyond this week, so that those unable to join us Wednesday will have other chances to participate.

We are very much looking forward to this conversation.

The LGBT Health Funding Summit is a historic event co-sponsored by Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA),Funders for LGBTQ Issues, and Grantmakers In Health. The Summit, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will bring together funders in the fields of health, HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ rights to interact with experts from the field, build relationships with like-minded funders, and develop funding strategies for increased impact in LGBT health. Our diverse planning committee of funders is working hard to shape important conversations around critical topics, including:

  • Building LGBT Nonprofit Health Capacity
  • Expanding Health Coverage and Access for LGBT Communities
  • Increasing Cultural Competence of Healthcare Systems
  • Building Healthy Environments for an LGBT Culture of Health
Wednesday, January 28th - Snow Agenda

9:00am-9:30am: Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:30am-9:45am: “The Current Landscape”
    This opening session will draw on emerging national data and provide an overview of the current state of LGBT health disparities as well as HIV incidence and prevalence in LGBT communities. We will also discuss the current scale and scope of funding for LGBTQ health and HIV/AIDS.

  • Ben Francisco Maulbeck, Funders for LGBTQ Issues
  • John Barnes, Funders Concerned About AIDS
9:45am-11:15am: “Building LGBT Nonprofit Health Capacity”
    LGBT nonprofit leaders will assess the current state of LGBT health nonprofits and discuss strategies for strengthening capacity. The discussion will include LGBT health centers, community centers, policy advocacy organizations, and HIV/AIDS service organizations. In particular, panelists will examine the issue of dependence on federal funding sources such as Ryan White and look at funding models for sustainable delivery of LGBT health services.

  • Francisco O. Buchting, Horizons Foundation

  • Cecilia Chung, Transgender Law Center and Global Network of People Living with HIV
  • June Gipson, My Brother’s Keeper
  • David Ernesto Munar, Howard Brown Health Center
11:15pm – 11:30am: Break

11:30am-1:00pm: “Increasing Cultural and Clinical Competence of Healthcare Systems”
    Leading practitioners and experts will explore models for increasing the cultural and clinical competence of health care providers and institutions to respond to the unique needs of LGBT communities. In particular, we will hear from experts working in hospitals, community clinics, and mental health settings.

  • Samantha Franklin, Johnson Family Foundation

  • Hector Vargas, GLMA
  • Barbara Warren, Mount Sinai Health System
  • Christian Huygen, Rainbow Heights Club
1:00pm-2:00pm: Lunch

2:00pm-3:00pm: “Expanding Coverage and Access”
    Experts on health coverage, including the Affordable Care Act and Ryan White, will share information on coverage in LGBT communities and the unique opportunities presented by the ACA for expanding coverage, access, and affordability of healthcare for LGBT people – particularly transgender people and low-income LGB people. Experts will also discuss insurance plan design and monitoring to ensure coverage of transition related health care and HIV care.

  • Douglas Brooks, Director, Office of National AIDS Policy

  • Rebecca Fox, Wellspring Advisors

  • Kellan Baker, Center for American Progress
3:00pm-4:30pm: “Building Healthy Environments: an LGBTQ Culture of Health”
    This session will examine the social determinants of health unique to LGBT people. We will discuss the effects of stigma and discrimination on our communities broadly. We will also take an in-depth look at youth and families, violence and criminalization, and aging in three concurrent discussions.

  • David Adler, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

  • Scout, LGBT HealthLink at CenterLink

    On youth and families:
  • Caitlin Ryan, Family Acceptance Project
  • Mustafa Sullivan, GSA Network

    On violence and criminalization:
  • Verónica Bayetti Flores, Streetwise and Safe
  • Chai Jindasurat, Anti-Violence Project

    On aging:
  • Michael Adams, SAGE
4:30pm-5:15pm: “Making the Case” (funder only discussion)
    Funders will discuss strategies for encouraging support for healthier LGBT communities internally at your foundation and in the broader funding community.
5:30pm-7:00pm: Cocktail Reception

Click here for the Program Book

If you are interested in attending or want more information, please contact project lead and Funders for LGBTQ Issues Director of Engagement Kristina Wertz at

Click here to register if you have already been invited

To book a room at the W New York - Union Square for this event, click here.

Only Grantmakers Invited? Yes

Category(s): Philanthropic Sector, General LGBTQ Community

Topic(s): Health, HIV/AIDS