Call for Abstracts

Workshop and panel proposals are being accepted
until October 15, 2017 (deadline extended)

Review and selection will occur in early Fall. If you have any questions about the abstract process, please email General inquiries about the Opportunity Conference can be sent to

To learn more about the abstract process, click HERE for a PDF download.

To submit your proposal online, click HERE.

Presenter Calendar

July 2017 Abstracts submission form online
August 2017 Conference registration opens
October 15, 2017 Deadline for submissions
Early October 2017 Submissions sent blind to reviewers
Late October 2017 Abstract Committee makes final recommendations
Early November 2017 Program Committee finalizes content
Early November 2017 Presenters notified and confirmed
December 1, 2017 Presenter conference registration due
Mid January 2018 Conference program available
March 26-27, 2018 Conference

Submission Format
All abstracts are to be submitted via the online submission form. The form is available HERE.

Abstract Selection and Notification
The Abstract Committee will meet in late October to select abstracts and make recommendations regarding the conference sessions to the Program Committee. The Abstract Committee will review only based on content in a blind review process. The Program Committee makes final decisions based on the expert Abstract Committee as well as other factors (for example ensuring topic, subject and demographic diversity). The Program Committee will assign the time and date of presentation on the conference schedule.

If your abstract is accepted, you will be notified by email early November 2017 of your presentation date and time. This notice is sent to the contact person for each symposium. If the presentation has more than one presenter, the contact person is asked to share the information with the other presenter(s).

Nationally there are very few LGBTQ focused conferences and an even smaller number of those focus on health and health policies beyond HIV/AIDS. The Opportunity Conference will provide a rare opportunity for health providers and practitioners, researchers and policy makers to come together to address the broad array of disparities experienced by the LGBTQ communities in the Midwest.