STITCH • April 17, 2020

Information | Agenda & Handouts | Accreditation | Registration
Location | Exhibitor/Sponsor

Friday, April 17, 2020
Memorial Union, University of Missouri – Columbia

We are currently asking anyone interested in sharing their expertise
to submit a proposal for a presentation, workshop, poster
or discussion by completing this form by January 13, 2020.
Detailed submission instructions are included at the above link.

People who are transgender or gender nonconforming must be able to access basic and advanced health care, which includes both therapies non-specific to their transition (such as preventive medicine and specialty care) and therapies specific to transition (such as hormone replacement therapy and surgical procedures). For these changes to happen, the health care provider needs to be open to feedback, aware of gender biases and knowledgeable about current best practices. Examples include awareness of steps needed to fully access services, sensitivity to the vocabulary used in interactions with patients and in medical records, and assumptions made when providers interact with the transgender and gender nonconforming population. Without this knowledge, health providers could be worsening the health disparities that exist.

Target Audience

Health Care Workforce (MD, D.O., P.A.-C, R.N. social workers, psychologists)
Students (pre-health professions, professional schools, and graduate programs)
Transgender and Gender nonconforming individuals, friends and relatives


  1. Apply the best practices and current standards of medical, surgical, and mental health care for transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) patients.
  2. Collaborate across healthcare disciplines on patient-centered treatment plans for TGNC patients.
  3. Adapt care to address intersectional experiences and health inequity, and recognize the diversity of gender narratives.
  4. Create inclusive spaces and improve clinic policies to positively impact the health care needs in the TGNC community.
  5. Bring information to the broader community to discuss possible improvements, access to care, and life quality for TGNC individuals in Mid- Missouri.
  6. Describe the rights of TGNC individuals in Missouri, including the current state and federal laws and outline steps that can be taken to secure rights.

2020 Conference Updates

  • STITCH 2020: This year, STITCH will continue to cover healthcare topics surrounding the transgender and gender nonconforming community.
  • Proposals for breakout sessions open now! Click here to submit a proposal, submissions are due by Jan 13th, 2020 at 11:59PM.
  • Keynote Speaker to be announced December 2019!
  • Inter-professional accreditation will be available. See accreditation tab for up-to-date information.
  • Scholarships will be offered again this year for community members and students!
    Updated scholarship information will be available January 2020.
    Last year, we awarded 36 student and 17 community member scholarships and we hope to be able to award more for 2020.
  • New to STITCH? Feel free to check out the information on this page and under the 2019 conference tab to learn more about our conference.

Last year over 175 people attended – Click here to read what last year’s attendees said about the conference!

Provided by
MU School of Medicine | MU Sinclair School of Nursing | Center for Continuing Medical Education & Physician Lifelong Learning