Monday, January 21, 2013

Got An Idea for a Workshop on Health?

The Minnesota Trans Health and Wellness Conference planning committee is seeking workshop, presentation, and film proposals for the 2013 Conference; the deadline is February 1, 2013, and the conference is in May 2013.
They can be emailed to mntranshealthconference@gmail.com -- email or call us at 612-823-1152 with questions. If you're interested in volunteering prior to or during the conference, please email us!
 
We are offering two days of community programming that will give trans and gender nonconforming people, families, partners and allies the tools they need to succeed and thrive in daily life. We will also have workshops throughout both days for health professionals, social workers, and students, to support them in providing inclusive and culturally-competent services to trans individuals and their families. Certificates of Attendance will be available to self submit for continuing education credits.
This year’s theme is "A Bridge to Access: Providers and Community Together." We invite proposals that address a wide range of topics approached with an understanding of 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 are particularly interested in 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 proposals that address, and celebrate, 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.
Our Mission: The Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition is committed to improving health care access and the quality of health care received by trans and gender nonconforming people through education, resources, direct services, and advocacy. The Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition’s core values are equal access, social justice, and quality health care for transgender communities and individuals.
The deadline for proposals is Jan. 14 NOW EXTENDED to Feb. 1, 2013 (postmark or email/web by midnight).

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