Improving OUTcomes | UC Davis Health

Improving OUTcomes

for LGBTQ+ Community Health


Join us as we explore how health professionals and community partners can improve quality of and access to care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ+) patients and their families.


To bring together health care and allied service providers throughout the Sacramento region to improve health outcomes for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ+) people and their families. We invite emerging leaders and established experts to a welcoming space to share innovative ideas, teach critical leadership skills, and form new networks with other agents of change.


This annual conference strives to bring together health care providers from the Greater Sacramento area and beyond to build transformational leadership and community with the common goal of culturally competent care for all LGBTQ+ people.


  1. Understand the basic medical needs of LGBTQ+ patients, especially those who identify as transgender and/or gender-nonconforming.
  2. Identify steps to educate and counsel colleagues and administrators on LGBTQ+ cultural competency to embed system wide progress toward more LGBTQ+ welcoming health care institutions.
  3. Increase providers’ awareness of and adherence to LGBTQ+ affirming policies and practices at UC Davis Health and beyond.

Planning Committee

If you are interested in joining the planning committee for 2025, please email us at

Past conference schedule

Conference Schedule | 

Friday, March 17, 2023

11 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Registration and check-in

1 - 2:20 p.m. |  Opening Welcome from Vice Chancellor David Lubarsky and Discussion on "The Evolution of LGBTQ+ Healthcare"

Presenters: Hendry Ton, M.D., M.S. (he/him) and Edward Callahan, Ph.D. (he/him)
Moderators: Michelle Famula, M.D. (she/her) and Annie Caruso (she/her)

2:30 - 3:50 p.m. 


"HIV Treatment and Prevention for Transgender and Nonbinary Adults"
Presenter: Veronica Ramirez, R.N., M.S.N., A.N.P.-C., A.A.H.I.V.S. (she/her)
Moderator: Corey Owens


"Gender Diversity and Reproductive Health: An Inclusive Approach to Sexual and Reproductive Health for Trans and Gender Diverse Patients"
Presenter: Diana Cage (she/her)
Moderator: Ceasor Dennis (he/him)

4 - 5:20 p.m.


"Understanding and Supporting the Intersections Between Neurodiversity and Gender Nonconformity"
Presenter: Brianna Heath, Ph.D. (she/her) and Joshua Lee, Ph.D. (he/him)
Moderator: Bradley Ander, Ph.D., M.B.A. (he/him)


"Journeying Together: Adulthood LGBTQ Mental Health Disparities Across California"
Presenter: Dannie Ceseña, M.P.H. (he/him/they/them)
Moderator: Marijo Gillen, Ph.D., M.D. (she/her)

Networking mixer |  5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Hosted by Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce

Saturday, March 18, 2023

7 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Registration and check-in

7:30 - 8:20 a.m. | Breakfast

8 - 8:20 a.m. | Welcome and Friday Recap

Moderators: Michelle Famula, M.D. (she/her) and Annie Caruso (she/her)

8:30 - 9:50 a.m.


"Transgender Empathy Training"
Presenter: Mallery Jenna Robinson (she/her)
Moderator: Ceasor Dennis (he/him)


"Laws and Legislation Impacting the LGBTQ+ Community and Medicine"
Presenters: Sasha Buchert, J.D. and Liza Thantranon, J.D.
Moderators: Edward Callahan, Ph.D. (he/him)

10 - 11:20 a.m. 


"Trans Dudes with Lady Cancer" film screening followed by Q&A
Presenter: Yee Won Chong (he/him)
Moderator: Megan Ober, R.N., M.S., B.S.N., O.C.N. (she/her)


"Overview of Adult Transgender Medicine for Healthcare Professionals"
Presenter: Linda Gromko, M.D. (she/her)
Moderators: Jude Patton (he/him)

11:30 a.m - 12:50 p.m. | Lunch

1 - 2:20 p.m. 


"Transgender and Non-Binary Youth: Navigating Gender Care in 2023"
Moderators: Miles Harris, F.N.P.-B.C., A.A.H.I.V.S. (he/him) and Laura Kester Prakash, M.D., M.P.H. (she/her)


"Utilizing Data and Research Opportunities to Address Health Disparities in the LGBTQIA+ Community"
Moderator: Chao-Yin Chen, Ph.D. (she/her)

2:30 - 3:50 p.m. 


"Transgender Topics: Clinical Intake and Physical Examples for the Transgender Adults and Non-Surgical Treatments for Gender Affirmation"
Presenter: Linda Gromko, M.D. (she/her)
Moderators: Jude Patton (he/him)


"Gender Affirming Hormones 101"
Presenter: Miles Harris, F.N.P.-B.C., A.A.H.I.V.S.(he/him)
Moderators: Michelle Famula, M.D. (she/her)

4 - 5 p.m. | Closing Plenary Panel Discussion: Activism, Social Justice and the Health Impact

Presenter: Christoph Hanssmann, Ph.D., M.P.H. (he/him), Mallery Jenna Robinson (she/her), and Miles Harris, F.N.P.-B.C., A.A.H.I.V.S. (he/him)
Moderators: Edward Callahan, Ph.D. (he/him) and Michelle Famula, M.D. (she/her)

The Improving OUTcomes 2023 Conference will be held at UC Davis Health, Sacramento, CA.

Education Building
4610 X Street
Sacramento, CA 95817


Hotel accommodations can be made at the Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Midtown, located just mere steps away from the UC Davis Health campus and Education Building.

4422 Y Street
Sacramento, CA 95817


All meeting spaces are accessible by wheelchair. If you have any special needs, please email us at for any accommodations.


Conference attendees should park in Parking Structure 2, located next to the Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) building. Once you are parked, please stop by our registration table for a chaser ticket that will allow you to exit the parking structure when you leave.

Address for Parking Structure 2: 4870 Y Street, Sacramento, CA 95817

For all UC Davis Health affiliates:

UC Davis Health uses ParkMobile. ParkMobile is free to download and available for iPhone and Android. More information and campus map. On Saturday, you can park in Lots 17 and 19 as it will be reserved for conference attendees (you will not need to use ParkMobile on Saturday if you park in Lots 17 and 19).

Public transportation

The UC Davis Health campus is accessible through Sacramento Regional Transit. Bus Route 38 (P/Q Streets) serves the campus at the corner of Stockton Boulevard and X Street, and the Gold Line light rail serves the campus (via shuttle) at the 39th Street stations.

The Amtrak Capitol Corridor train also connects Sacramento to the Bay Area (San Jose/Oakland), downtown Davis, and Reno/Sparks. Disembark at the Sacramento Valley Station and take the Gold Line light rail to 39th Street or 48th Street.

By bike

Visit Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates to find bike-safe routes to the venue.

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Registration information (previous years)

  • Students (virtual or in person) $25
    Please contact us to inquire about student discounts for UC Davis students.
  • General admission (virtual or in person) $50
    Non-student, non healthcare professional.
  • Healthcare professional (virtual or in person):
    No CME $75.
    With CME $125.

UC Davis and UC Davis Health affiliates are encouraged to inquire about sponsorships from their department.


  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Students
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Registered Nurses
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Trainees
  • Non-Providers
  • LGBTQ+ Community Members
  • Community Members

Program and events are hosted by:

Vice Chancellor's LGBTQ+ Advisory Council within the Office for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

In partnership with:

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