2024 Rhode Island Trans Health Conference

Providence, RI US
June 1, 2024

The Rhode Island Trans Health Conference is thrilled to return to an annual offering of in-person education, resources, and shared best practices for gender affirming healthcare. This is the 7th Rhode Island Trans Health Conference dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of the transgender and gender diverse (TGD) community. The conference will provide interactive, evidenced based learning for interdisciplinary professionals across the care continuum to increase comfortability and confidence in providing quality care for all TGD individuals. In addition to didactic presentations, attendees will have opportunities to learn from practitioners with lived experience and expertise in TGD health and wellness. Running concurrently to the Provider Track, the Community Track will hold space for the TGD community and their families to learn about available resources and build affirming space to intentionally connect, learn, and embrace joy.

Target Audience

This conference is designed for physicians specializing in primary care, obstetrics, endocrinology, general medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, adolescent medicine, and surgery & nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, physician assistants, social workers, medical students, residents and fellows, public health workers, community health workers, educators, licensed mental health care providers, and members of the transgender and gender diverse community.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, healthcare professionals will be better able to:

  • Apply evidence-based practice guidelines and updated standards of care in their work with transgender and gender diverse (TGD) patients across the lifespan
  • Identify specific challenges and barriers unique to TGD patients and ways to advocate for the TGD population  in the healthcare system and beyond
  • Develop an integrated practice that understands both medical and behavioral health needs and available resources for TGD patients

Call for Abstracts

Poster Presentation Submission Link: https://forms.gle/Pd1DbmaDEDJvFiPf7

Conference Fees

*Students: For scholarship opportunities to help cover the cost of registration, click here.

Early Bird Rate
Through 4/22/24

General Rate
After 4/22/24


Tiers

$225.00$250.00

Midwives, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians, Physician Assistants

$200.00$225.00

Nurses, Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Other Behavioral Health Providers, Public Health Professionals, Fellows 

$50.00$75.00

Community Health Workers, Residents, Students, School teachers

 
Presenting Sponsors
Premier Sponsors
                 
Supporting Sponsors
Community Sponsors
             

 

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 5.75 ANCC
    This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Northeast Multistate Division, an accredited provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
  • 5.75 APA
    The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is approved by the RI Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Alpert Medical School maintains responsibility for the program.
  • 5.75 Attendance
    Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this program is designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. This credit is accepted by the AAPA and AANP.
  • 5.75 Participation
  • 5.75 Social Work
    This activity has been approved by the NASW, Rhode Island Chapter.
Course opens: 
02/01/2024
Course expires: 
06/01/2025
Event starts: 
06/01/2024 - 8:30am EDT
Event ends: 
06/01/2024 - 5:00pm EDT
Cost:
$225.00
*Note: Exhibit Hall with resource tables will be held in the Quad from 12:00 pm-3:00 pm. You are welcome to visit the tables during breaks and lunch to learn about local resources in RI for TGD individuals. 
 Available for Trans and Gender Diverse providers only
 
8:30 - 9:00 am
Registration & Coffee
9:00 - 10:00 am
Welcome & Keynote Roberts Hall Auditorium
Willy Chang Wilkinson, MPH
10:00 - 10:15 am
15 minute break
10:15 - 11:00 am
Roberts Hall
Foundations of Gender Diversity & Affirming Care
Foreman Theatre
Gender Euphoria and Queer Joy: Tapping into the Positive
Sapinsley Hall
Update on Legal Issues in Transgender Health Care Access - shield laws and beyond
Ayiti-Carmel Maharaj-Best, MD (she/her)
Allie Scheer, LICSW (they/them) & Denise Crooks, LICSW (she/her)

 

Polly Crozier, Esq. (she/her)
11:00 - 11:10 am
10 minutes break
11:10 - 11:55 am
Roberts Hall
Overview of HIV/STI Prevention for Nonbinary and gender diverse individuals in Rhode Island
Foreman Theatre
Empowering Intimacy: Navigating Supportive Conversations in Trans Relationships
Sapinsley Hall
Gender Identity, Hypermobility, and Neurodiversity
Philip A. Chan, MD (he/him)
Nikole Barnes, LICSW (she/her) & Elyana Kadish, MA (she/her)
Marisa Bergfield, PsyD (she/they)
11:55 - 12:05 pm
10 minutes break
12:05 - 12:50 pm
Roberts Hall
Bridging the gap: Navigating the transition from pediatric to adult care
Foreman Theatre
 Considerations for Trans Healthcare Providers Working with Trans Patients
Sapinsley Hall
Cultivating Affirming Treatment for LGBTQIA+ Folks with Eating Disorders
Ariel Frey-Vogel, MD, MAT (she/her) & Mandy Coles, MD, MAT (she/her)
Luke "Tt" Patrick King, LICSW (he/they)
Jamie Bushell MS (they/them) & Monika Ostroff, LICSW, CEDS-S
12:50 - 1:05 pm
15 minute break
1:05 - 2:05 pm
SECOND LUNCH DONOVAN
2:05 - 2:50 pm
Roberts Hall
The Intersection of Cancer Genetics and Trans/Nonbinary Healthcare
Foreman Theatre
Adapting Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Curricula for Transgender and Gender-Diverse Youth & Caregivers
Sapinsley Hall
Perinatal Care for Trans and Non-Binary Patients: Experiences and Best Practices
Katherine (Katie) Crawford, MS, CGC (she/her)
Alaina Baker, PsyD (she/her)
Elliot Harrison-Lee, MPH (he/him)
2:50 - 3:00 pm
10 minute break
3:00 - 3:45 pm
Roberts Hall
Procedures in the Care of Transgender Youth
Foreman Theatre
Trans Self-Compassion & Shame Resilience for Radical Healing
Sapinsley Hall
Providing Trans Inclusive Palliative and Hospice Care: Practical Skills for All Clinicians
Kate Millington, MD (she/her)
addyson tucker, PsyD (they/them)
Alexis Drutchas, MD (she/her) & Ramón Rodriguez, MD (he/him)
3:45 - 4:00 pm
15 minute break
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Provider Track Town Hall & Closing Sapinsley Auditorium
Jaye Watts, LICSW (he/him) & Michele Paliotta, LICSW (she/her)
Rhode Island College
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Roberts Hall
Providence, RI 02908
United States
Free parking available in Campus Parking Lots A, B, C, & D. Conference Registration will take place in the Roberts Hall Lobby.
 
Accessibility FAQ
  • How much walking will I need to do?
    • The conference is held on a College campus, which can be rather spread out. An interactive map can be found here and a printable map can be found here, and will be printed in the brochure you receive at the conference. Walking between each session can take 2 to 5 minutes.
  • Who can I ask for help if I need assistance?
    • Conference Volunteers and Rhode Island College Security will be available to assist at all times. To contact security to ask for transportation between buildings, please call 401-456-8888. To report an accessibility concern or discuss accessibility issues that are not related to transportation between buildings, please contact Brown CME at cme@brown.edu
  • What are the bathrooms like?
    • On the day of the conference, all bathrooms will be labeled as “All Gender Restrooms.” There are both single stall and multi stall bathrooms across the campus. Many restrooms are accessible to those who use mobility supports such as wheelchairs and walkers; however, there are no adult-sized hygiene tables at Rhode Island College. Participants who need support with hygiene should plan with this in mind.
  • Will I need to climb stairs?
    • There are elevators wherever stairs are required to get between locations.
  • Where can I find water?
    • Rhode Island College has water-bottle filling stations across the campus. There will also be water bottles available throughout the day.
  • What is the food like?
    • There will be coffee and snacks in the morning, a hot lunch, and cookies in the afternoon. Lunch will include gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options. 
  • What are the transportation options to get to the event?
    • Rhode Island College has ample free parking and is accessible via RIPTA bus. The conference is able to provide RIPTA bus passes for Community Track attendees who are unable to obtain their own transportation. Please complete the questions on registration about this and we will contact you.
  • Is interpretation available?
    • ASL interpretation will be available. Any conference participants who will need ASL interpretation are encouraged to arrive at the beginning of registration to facilitate easy creation of a plan for the day with the interpretation team. It is vital that participants who know they will need ASL communicate this need during sign-up, so that we can find enough interpreters to match the need. It is also important to note that automatic captioning is a built-in accessibility feature of all conference presentations, required of all presenters. Captions will appear in English unless it is noted the session is delivered in another language.
  • Are printed materials available?
    • Printed versions of presentation slides are available upon request, in notes-format, large print, high-contrast, or any combination of those options. Please indicate this need upon sign-up. 
  • Can I use my screen reader to access presentation slides?
    • Electronic copies of presentation slides will also be made available via shareable link and thumb drive for participants who use screen readers. It is vital this need is communicated at sign-up in order to ensure we have the correct number of copies of the format you need. These slides will not be shared until the morning of the conference, and participants who need this support are encouraged to arrive at the beginning of registration time to ensure they have adequate download and set-up time.
  • Can I bring my service animal?
    • Service animals are welcome at the conference. Service animals are expected to follow all commands of their handlers while on Rhode Island College property, and to wear appropriate gear relevant to the service performed. Service animals may be relieved in grassy areas and should be cleaned up after appropriately. In the event of severe weather, please contact Brown CME at cme@brown.edu for support in planning how to most easily manage the needs of both service animal and handler.
  • Where can I go if I need a quiet space or a place to decompress?
    • The 2024 RITHC is dedicated to ensuring an accessible event for all participants. As this is an all-day conference attended by a diverse group of humans, this includes meeting a variety of needs. This year we will have two separate self-care spaces participants may use at their convenience. The QUIET SPACE is a room participants may use to close their eyes for a few minutes, put in their ear plugs, sit in dim lighting, etc. The purpose of this room is to manage overwhelm and certain health-related concerns. The DECOMPRESSION SPACE is a room participants may use to manage big feelings, stim, tic, use fidgets, have a quick cry, or speak to a volunteer trained in mental health support. The purpose of this room is to manage triggers and other potentially loud or distracting health-related needs. Locations will be noted in your program booklet
  • Where can I go if I need to pump?
    • It is our goal to ensure a safe and comfortable place for people who are lactating to pump. While we are not yet sure where this space will be located, there will be a pre-identified lactation room. Please follow up with any conference volunteer for support locating and accessing this space.
Faculty
 
Alaina Baker, PsyD (she/her)
Founder & Director, Youth & Family Gender Identity Program
Boston Child Study Center
Boston, MA
 
Nikole Barnes, LICSW (she/her)
Owner
Radically Thrive Therapy, LLC
Providence, RI
 
Marisa Bergfield, PsyD (she/they)
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Behavioral Medicine & Spine Institute
Lifespan Physicians Group
Providence, RI
 
Jamie Bushell, MS (they/them)
Office & Communications Manager
Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association
Newton, MA
 
Philip A. Chan, MD (he/him)
Associate Professor
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Chief Medical Officer
Open Door Health
Providence, RI
 
Mandy Coles, MD, MAT (she/her)
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Medical Director, Child and Adolescent Trans/Gender Center for Health (CATCH)
Boston Medical Center
Boston, MA
 
Katherine Crawford, MS, CGC (she/her)
Clinical Genetic Counselor
Women & Infants Hospital
Providence, RI
 
Denise Crooks, MPH, LICSW (she/her)
Behavioral Health Clinician
Lifespan Psychiatry
Co-Director LGBTQ Scholarly Concentration
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Providence, RI
 
Polly Crozier, Esq. (she/her)
Director of Family Advocacy
GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders
Boston, MA
 
Alexis Drutchas, MD (she/her)
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Palliative Care Attending Physician
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA
 
Ariel Frey-Vogel, MD, MAT (she/her)
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
Director of Child and Adolescent Services
Massachusetts General Hospital Transgender Health Program
Associate Program Director
Massachusetts General Hospital for Children Pediatric Residency Program
Boston, MA
 
Elliot Harrison-Lee, MPH (he/him)
 
Elyana Kadish, MA (she/her)
Health Educator
Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, RI
 
Luke “Tt” Patrick King, LICSW (he/they)
Private Practice
Boston, MA
 
Ayiti-Carmel Maharaj-Best, MD (she/her)
Medical Director
Planned Parenthood of Southern New England
New Haven, CT
 
Kate Millington, MD (she/her)
Pediatric Endocrinologist
Attending Physician
Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Providence, RI
 
Monika Ostroff, LICSW, CEDS-S (she/her)
Executive Director
Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association
Newton, MA
 
Michele Paliotta, LICSW (she/her)
Clinical Social Worker 
Providence, RI
 
Ramón Rodriguez, MD (he/him)
Palliative Care Fellow
Harvard Palliative Care Fellowship Program
 
Allie Scheer, LICSW (they/them)
Site Director, Behavioral Health and Social Services
Thundermist Health Center
West Warwick, RI
 
addyson tucker, PsyD (they/them)
Licensed Psychologist
Wholehearted Psych
Providence, RI
 
Jaye Watts, LICSW (he/him)
Thundermist Health Center
West Warwick, RI
 
Willy Chang Wilkinson, MPH (he/him)
Cultural Competency and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Trainer
 
Planning Committee
 
Syd Loiselle, LICSW (they/them) | Conference Coordinator
Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Tides Family Services
Providence, RI
 
Quinten Foster, MS (he/him) | Accessibility Coordinator
East Bay Community Action Program
Newport, RI
 
DL Helfer, MDiv, LCSW (they/them) | Fundraising Coordinator
Hasbro Children's Hospital
Providence, RI
 
Julia Schulkers, MS, APRN, FNP-C (she/her) | Medical Co-Lead
Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Providence, RI
 
Noah V. Lupica, MD (he/him) | Medical Co-Lead
Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Providence, RI
 
Denise Crooks, LICSW (she/her) | Public Health Co-Lead
Behavioral Health Clinician
Lifespan Psychiatry
Co-Director LGBTQ Scholarly Concentration
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Providence, RI
 
Logan England, LCSW (he/him) | Behavioral Health Co-Lead
Thundermist Health Center
Wakefield, RI
 
Liz Fayram, RD, LDN, CEDRD, RYT (she/her) | Volunteer Coordinator
From the Heart Nutrition
Providence, RI
 
Taylor Silverman, MA (they/them) | Research Coordinator
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA
 
Christopher Bayston, MD-ScM Candidate (they/them)
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Providence, RI
 
Wendy Becker, PhD, LICSW (she/her)
Rhode Island College School of Social Work
Providence, RI
 
Matt Boudreau (he/him)
Rhode Island Department of Health
Providence, RI
 
Samuel Diaz, MD Candidate (he/him)
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Providence, RI
 
Meghan Flanagan, MS
Continuing Medical Education Coordinator
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Providence, RI
 
Iman Jenkins (they/them)
Providence, RI
 
Michelle King
Continuing Medical Education Coordinator
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Providence, RI
 
Jennifer Maloney, CHCP
Assistant Director, Continuing Medical Education
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Providence, RI
 
Kimberly Page, RN (she/her)
Thundermist
Woonsocket, RI
 
Maria Sullivan
Director, Continuing Medical Education
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Providence, RI
 
Julie Talbutt, MSW, MAT (they/them)
Rhode Island College
Providence, RI
 
Micaela Weaver, DO (she/her)
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Care New England Breast Health Centers
Providence, RI

Accreditation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the  Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the Rhode Island College Schools of Social Work and Nursing. The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

Physicians: The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 
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Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up 5.75 medical knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credit claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit. 

Licensed Mental Health Counselors: An application to the Rhode Island Mental Health Counselors Association is pending.

Nurses: This nursing continuing professional development activity is pending approval by the Northeast Multistate Division Education Unit, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Social Workers: This activity is pending approval by the Rhode Island College School of Social Work Continuing Education Office to offer 5.75 CEUs.  Social Workers should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
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Credit Designation

Psychologists: Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs. This program offers 5.75 continuing education credits for psychologists.

Available Credit

  • 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 5.75 ANCC
    This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Northeast Multistate Division, an accredited provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
  • 5.75 APA
    The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is approved by the RI Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Alpert Medical School maintains responsibility for the program.
  • 5.75 Attendance
    Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this program is designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. This credit is accepted by the AAPA and AANP.
  • 5.75 Participation
  • 5.75 Social Work
    This activity has been approved by the NASW, Rhode Island Chapter.

Price

Cost:
$225.00
Please login or register to take this course.
*Students: For scholarship opportunities to help cover the cost of registration, click here.

Early Bird Rate
Through 4/22/24

General Rate
After 4/22/24


Tiers

$225.00$250.00

Midwives, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians, Physician Assistants

$200.00$225.00

Nurses, Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Other Behavioral Health Providers, Public Health Professionals, Fellows 

$50.00$75.00

Community Health Workers, Residents, Students, School teachers

 Please notify the Brown CME Office in writing at least 72 hours prior to the conference to request reasonable accommodations.

 Please notify the Brown CME Office in writing at least 72 hours prior to the conference of any severe allergies.