Second Annual Pennsylvania LGBTQA Health Conference

About the Conference

The Second Annual Pennsylvania LGBTQA Health Conference: Addressing tobacco and behavioral health disparities – Promising research-based practices was held on:

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

 and was co-sponsored by PA Department of Health, PA Department of Human Services, Adagio Health, Northwest Pennsylvania Tobacco Control Coalition, and Tobacco Free Allegheny.


The 2018 skill-based conference focused on issues related to behavioral health and the LGBTQA community.


Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and asexual (LGBTQA) individuals face challenges when accessing and receiving care that may lead to preventable adverse health outcomes. A Healthy People 2020 report found LGBTQA youth are 2 to 3 times more likely to attempt suicide, more likely to be homeless, and have a higher risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

In addition, LGBTQA populations have the highest rates of tobacco, alcohol and other drug use. Transgender individuals experience a high prevalence of HIV/STD, victimization, mental health issues, and suicide. Gay and bisexual men have higher chances of major depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorder compared to other men.


Although the 2018 conference is over, there are still plenty of resources to take advantage of. Please click on any (or all) of the below links to download:


Your voice matters and will help us to shape future events! If you have already completed the follow-up survey, thank you! If you have not, it is currently closed; however, we encourage you to email us with your comments and suggestions.