2019 CenterLink E-Summit

October 1-30, 2019

CenterLink logo for the E-SummitCenterLink offers an alternative to a traditional in-person conference. We know that travel, time away from your family and home, and access to funding are factors in choosing where you go for the most up-to-date and relevant information opportunities. The CenterLink E-Summit presents outstanding topics of interest to anyone interested in working toward the goal of developing strong, sustainable LGBTQ community centers. Multiple sessions of evidence-based, practical, and tried and true information and content are presented in a webinar format. Choose your area of interest by track or attend all our sessions.

  • Program development for youth, seniors, and trans and gender non-conforming individuals
  • Leadership
  • LGBTQ Health 
  • Governance 
  • Advocacy 
  • Fundraising and financial health

We have invited presenters who will successfully represent the diversity of our membership and partners to share successes and challenges, and lessons learned among the variety of topics mentioned above.


Health Consequences of Weight-Based Victimization among Sexual and Gender Minority Youth

Friday, October 4, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Eastern (1 hour)

Weight-based victimization (WBV) involves being the target of intentional physical, verbal, or psychological harm because of one’s body weight. This webinar will discuss rates of WBV and associated health consequences among sexual and gender minority youth. Implications for programming around these issues will be discussed.

Mary S. Himmelstein, PhD, Assistant Professor, Kent State University

Deborah S. Levine, Director LGBT YouthLink


Building Capacity to be More Client-Centered and Trauma-Informed

Thursday, October 10, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Eastern (1 hour)

To be trauma informed we need to ask, “What happened to you?” and not “What’s wrong with you?” In 2018 with the support of CenterLink – Johnson Family Foundation Mental Health Initiative funding Rainbow Resource Center engaged in a capacity building project to increase our harm reduction capacity, be better trauma informed, and more client centered. We worked with consultants to review our current policies and procedures and to train the entire staff team on drug use, supporting people who use drugs, understanding trauma, and how we are impacted by vicarious trauma. Through the training we had a hard look at how we welcome and support people who use drugs or who present at our centre under the influence of drugs. This webinar will allow participant to understand the assessment and training process we undertook, the processes we are using to maintain to sustain the capacity built, and resources you can use in training staff and volunteers.


  • Sarah Dack, Client Services Manager, Rainbow Resource Centre
  • Mike Tutthill, Executive Director, Rainbow Resource Centre 

Regina R. Washington, DrPH, Development Officer, Director, LGBT HealthLink


Transgender Proficiency Training for Your Center

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Eastern (1 hour)

This session will provide a more inclusive perspective of the transgender community and goes more in depth with an understanding of the history and life experiences of transgender individuals.Centers will also learn how to serve the population more effectively by gaining an greater understanding of the needs of the transgender community. 

Misty Eyez, Director, Women's and Transgender Services and Training/Education, SunServe

Donna Solomon-Carter, Communications and Outreach Manager, CenterLink


Why Do E-cigs Matter in LGBTQ+ Communities?

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Eastern (1 hour)

Tobacco use still remains at an alarming high rate within LGBTQ communities. This session will discuss the current dynamic of harm vs. harm reduction related to electronic cigarettes use in LGBTQ communities and the role of tobacco cessation quitlines. A personal experience with e-cigs will be highlighted.


  • Dr. Sean Cahill, Fenway Health
  • Dr. Thomas Ylioja, National Jewish Health
  • Dana Diamond, C.A.S.A.C

Regina R. Washington, DrPH, Development Officer, Director, LGBT HealthLink


Considerations for Transgender Healthcare: Community and Provider Perspectives

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM, Eastern (1 hour, 15 minutes)

Transgender communities suffer significant health disparities and inequities in accessing quality health care compared to other gender identities. In order to provide equitable healthcare services, it is imperative to understand the healthcare needs of this vulnerable population and discuss relevant information that providers should consider in the competent and compassionate delivery of services to Transgender individuals.


  • Dr. Howard Grossman, Chief of Medical Staff, Midway Specialty Care
  • Regina Gerbier, Program Manager, Florida Department of Health
  • Adrianna Tinder, Midway Specialty Care

Janelle Taveras PhD, MPH, Project Administrator LGBT HealthLink, CenterLink


Center-ing the Link to Ending the HIV Epidemic

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Eastern (1 hour)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America (EHE) initiative to end the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will work closely with other HHS agencies, local and state governments, communities, and people with HIV to coordinate efforts to expand implementation of key HIV prevention strategies. Join us for an informational webinar with CDC representatives to hear updates on the EHE initiative, identify ways your center can get involved, and learn about free CDC HIV communication resources.


  • John T. Brooks, MD, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention
  • Francisco Ruiz, Team Lead for the National Partnerships Team within CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP)
  • Irma Hinkle, M.S.W., Programs Director, LGBT Life Center 

Janelle Taveras PhD, MPH, Project Administrator LGBT HealthLink, CenterLink