Women's Health Conference at Compass

by Denise Royal

South Florida Gay News

Friday August 19, 2016

The 2nd Annual Women's Health Conference at Compass in Lake Worth will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. Organizers expect about 100 attendees. This conference is important because some LBT women can be at greater risk for certain health disparities, but often face significant barriers to addressing them.

Some research suggests that LBT individuals face health disparities linked to societal stigma, discrimination, and denial of their civil and human rights. Discrimination against LGBT persons has been associated with high rates of psychiatric disorders, substance abuse and suicide.

Experiences of violence and victimization are frequent for LBT individuals, and have long-lasting effects on the individual and the community. Personal, family, and social acceptance of sexual orientation and gender identity affects the mental health and personal safety of LGBT individuals.

"This conference is important to all women especially LBT women," said Mildred Smith, Eligibility Specialist at Compass. "The sessions address issues of LBT health as well as offer resources for accessing both traditional and alternative health care. We take a holistic approach in our session offerings wanting to address women's health needs as they may related to both Western and alternative medicine."

This conference is designed to address the unique and diverse needs of women in the LBT community. Breakout Sessions will include:

• Transgender Health

• Alternative Health

• Empower Yourself! Women's Self Defense

• Meditation

• Nutrition & Wellness

Additional Services will include:

• Free, on-site HIV/STI testing, counseling and linkage to care

• Free, on-site blood pressure screenings

• Sponsored Lunch Hour

There will be a panel session given by three providers of alternative health care. "They will discuss the benefits of modalities such as chiropractic, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and other methods not commonly used by doctors of Western medicine," says Smith. "It is important to us that we offer a variety of health related topics."

The event will also highlight the importance of good health and nutrition.

"Our health is important and we deserve to have access to affordable quality health care services," Smith told SFGN. "Unfortunately, many still do not have good access. While this conference is open to all community members it focuses on LBT women. We have created a safe space for all to come and explore, share, and learn with others."

The event is free, but registration is required. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-health-conference-tickets-26446685749 to get your free tickets.

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