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AAPA 2018


LBGT PA Caucus Conference Review

AAPA 2018 proved to be a successful conference for the Caucus.

New Orleans is the birthplace of the LBGT PA Caucus, as it was the location where the Caucus was officially established in 1980 during the 8th annual AAPA Conference.  

So of course, the Caucus had to celebrate its return to the Mardi Gras City in 2018.

The Caucus sponsored nightly membership socials, which attracted large crowds of PAs and PA students who came to learn about the Caucus and its various activities.  Members old and new socialized, caught up from the past year, and discussed plans for their visit to NOLA.

The Mississippi River Bottom was the bar where the  Caucus co-founders developed the idea of having a  special interest group within the AAPA for PAs who identify as sexual minorities.

The Caucus also hosted its Annual Reception for LGBT Health Equity, as a way to acknowledge our past achievements and to look toward the future of the Caucus.  Guests of honor included Maggie Snyder, RN, PA-C, DFAAPA, Caucus member and recipient of the AAPA 2018 Humanitarian of the Year Award; and representatives from BreakOUT!, the recipient of the LBGT PA Caucus Host City Charity Award.  BreakOUT! is an organization that seeks to end the criminalization of LGBTQ youth to build a safer and more just New Orleans.  


 Honored guest Maggie Snyder, RN, PA-C, DFAAPA shared the story of her outreach in Utah during the AIDS epidemic. Mark Behar, PA-C, DFAAPA, one of the three co-founders of the Caucus, speaks at the Reception for LGBT Health Equity.Casey Messer, PA-C, 2017-18 Caucus President addresses the gathering at the Reception.

the true highlight for the Caucus was our 

Second Line Parade.  

In true NOLA fashion, the Caucus held a brass band parade that snaked through the streets of New Orleans, with numerous Caucus members, allies, and friends following the band's lead.   The experience was truly unique and exciting for those marching and dancing in the street, which garnered much attention from onlookers. 




The parade ended at BB King's Blues Club, in time for the PA Foundation's Party for a Purpose, where the "bon temps" and festive atmosphere continued into the evening.  Live music, food, and dancing were all on the menu.

Caucus members Gerry, Mia, and Jonathan competed in the PA Foundation lip sync contest (to Madonna's "Vogue") and showed everyone how it's done.

Not only did the Caucus celebrate in NOLA, its members also Worked hard to teach and improve aapa policy.

Caucus members presented CME sessions pertaining to LGBT health matters.  

Topics presented included:

  • Treatment of trans patients
  • Advanced cases in STI treatment
  • Case discussions for sexual and gender minority health 
  • HIV case presentation for primary care and OB/gynecology
  • HIV and PrEP

This year in the AAPA House of Delegates (HOD), the LBGT PA Caucus submitted 12 resolutions and 4 amendments to update AAPA policy to make the text gender neutral.  Doing so would make the policy more inclusive, moving beyond binary gendered language.

All of these resolutions and amendments passed in the HOD, thereby enacting this language change within AAPA policy.  Many thanks to the Caucus Policy and Education Committee and all members involved in the planning and execution of these policy amendments.

The Caucus continued its outreach with a booth at the Exhibit Hall.  PAs and PA students in attendance at AAPA were able to stop by to inquire about the Caucus and its mission.  Eager members were present to help attendees join or renew their Caucus membership.  Some came by to request information about LBGTQ topics that are pertinent to their practice.  Every year, the Exhibit Hall booth serves as a prominent means of advertising the Caucus' presence in AAPA and support it extends to LGBT PAs and PA students, and our allies.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Caucus events. The leadership team looks forward to planning another slate of educational and entertaining events at AAPA 2019.

See you in Denver, May 18-22, 2019!

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