Registration is open for Fifth Biennial Rainbow Health Ontario Conference

Registration is Open for the Fifth Biennial Rainbow Health Ontario Conference: Because LGBTQ2S Health Matters

Register today to join agents of change in LGBTQ2S health and wellness at the largest LGBTQ2S health conference in Canada. Early bird rates are in effect until Feb. 2, 2018.

Rainbow Health Ontario invites you to join us for the fifth biennial RHO Conference from March 21-24, 2018 in Sudbury, Ontario. We recognize that we will be gathering on the territories of the Atikameksheng and Wahnapitae First Nations, who are part of the Anishnawbek Nation.

This conference will focus on building partnerships in health and social services to promote the health of Ontario’s diverse LGBTQ2S populations, including those in northern and rural areas. In our programming, we have emphasized an intersectional approach to health and well-being, streamed according to 7 themes: clinical practice; public policy, activism and human rights; community support and development; professional education and training; research; organization and systems change; and ethics and law.

Additionally, we’ve encouraged content that focuses on Indigenous, Francophone, rural and northern, racialized, and newcomer LGBTQ2S needs and access.

Setting the tone for the conference as our opening plenary speaker, we are delighted to welcome Candy Palmater, who will speak about how love, kindness and self-acceptance matter for LGBTQ health and well-being. A recovered lawyer turned feminist comic, Candy is an actor, writer, columnist, international speaker, activist, comedian and multiple award-winning TV and radio personality, who has executive produced three films on Mi’kmaw culture.

Register today to join a dynamic network of health and social service providers, community members, researchers, and policy makers coming together to advance the health outcomes of LGBTQ2S Ontarians.

Register now! Early bird rates are in effect until February 2, 2018.

“We’re eager to welcome new and returning conference participants to Sudbury to connect, share knowledge, and work together to advance LGBTQ2S health outcomes. We’re also looking forward to hosting this conference in a more Northern Ontario setting; the conference’s planning has been hugely enriched by the contributions, expertise and guidance of our planning committee members local to the Sudbury and Sault St. Marie areas, for which we are very thankful.”
– Devon MacFarlane, Director, Rainbow Health Ontario, a program of Sherbourne Health Centre

“For our fifth RHO Conference, we’re proud to present what we feel is our best offering yet—jam-packed with expert, interdisciplinary presenters from across the province. From the Sudbury location to the unique plenaries, inaugural research agenda-building sessions and the conference’s overall focus on an intersectional approach to health and well-being, we’re anticipating a truly impactful 2018 conference that will nurture momentum for LGBTQ2S health in Ontario.”
– Hazelle Palmer, President & CEO, Sherbourne Health Centre