The next Minnesota Trans Health and Wellness Conference will be held October 12-13 2013 at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The Minnesota Trans Health and Wellness Conference is a program of the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition. The Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition is committed to improving health care and the quality of health care received by trans and gender nonconforming people through education, resources, and advocacy.
This year’s conference theme is:
“A Bridge to Access: Providers and Community Together”
This year’s theme is “A Bridge to Access: Providers and Community Together,” is about invoking and addressing a wide range of topics around access to health, health care, and daily life needs as they relate to trans and gender non-conforming people. MTHC encourages a wide range of topics in regards to gender identity, race, ethnicity, gender role, family make-up, sexual orientation, ability, culture, and class.
The specific tracks under access that we will be creating space for are:
- Holistic Health Care & Self Care (coping skills, stress management, integrative therapies, body work, chiropractic care, nutrition, physical activity)
- Western Medicine Approaches to Transitioning (Hormone, surgery, and other elements of physical transition etc.)
- Health Advocacy (Advocacy, research to practice, organizing, policy etc.)
- Life Skills (Job coaching, interview skills, resume building, professional development, social skills)
- Expanding the Trans Experience (The umbrella of identities including Gender non-conforming, Gender Queer, Androgynous) More information: There are many identities under the trans umbrella. We encourage proposals in this area to explore health access, barriers/opportunities, or lead discussions related lives and experiences of people who identify outside of male and female, and MTF/FTM. This is by no means intended to be exclusive. The planning committee saw a need to create space for multiple identities within transgender communities to help facilitate the expansion of participants’ understanding of trans people. This track is also a place for sessions about stealth identities, people of masculine/feminine center, or people who identify as having a trans experience. As for all tracks, please be creative and interpret this track through your own unique experience.
We also seek to celebrate and address the wide range of diversity of health experiences and practices in our communities. We ask that all presenters approach their presentation with a basic understanding of racial, social, and economic justice, and remember that we are part of a multi-issue movement that includes gender liberation, as well as differences around race, class, age, sexuality, disability, immigrant status, and much more. Our goal is to provide challenging content for all ages, and all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend.