NEPA Trans Health Conference - 12th Annual

Scranton, PA US
April 15, 2024

This is a hybrid educational activity. 

The NEPA Trans Health Conference was conceived in 2012 as an educational forum for Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) area health care professionals, their staffs, educators, and others to learn from the transgender community and from those who treat and support them about the necessary care, respect, and understanding of people who are transgender. The primary goal of the conference is to overcome provider knowledge gaps and to reduce the psychological harm and medical neglect that is done to transgender people when their lived experience and the professional consensus that directs their care and treatment is not well understood by care providers and others. 


Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians, medical students, nurses, licensed counselors, psychologists, social workers, dietitians and other health professionals such as, students, educators, healthcare staff, front office staff and schedulers.  Other learner groups, such as, individuals identified with the transgender community and community allies for the transgender community would also benefit from and provide benefit to this education.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

  • explain the difference between biological sex, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation
  • identify two challenges that transgender people experience before and after transitioning
  • describe two positive outcomes that result from a transgender child being affirmed in their gender identity and two potential negative outcomes that might occur if a transgender child is not affirmed in their gender identity
  • identify behavioral health issues unique to transgender individuals and better understand the role of structural inequities that contribute to health outcomes for trans individuals

Refund Policy

A full refund will be given for any cancellations received up to one week prior to the course.  No refunds for no-shows. 

Course Cancellation Policy

In the unusual circumstance that this course is cancelled, you will be called and/or emailed, and any tuition fees received would be refunded in full.  Geisinger is not responsible for any airfare, hotel or other costs incurred.


Your attendance will be recorded within three to four days of the conclusion of the activity.  Credit will display on your continuing education transcript once the activity evaluation is completed.  

Virtual Information

All details pertaining to the links for this activity will be sent once you are registered for the activity. 
    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    • 5.00 ANCC
    • 5.00 Approved for AMA Credit
    • 5.00 ASWB
    • 5.00 Contact Hours
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    04/15/2024 - 8:00am EDT
    Event ends: 
    04/15/2024 - 4:00pm EDT
    8:00 AM
    Registration and Breakfast
    8:45 AM
     Morning Welcome and Introduction
    Julie Byerley, MD, MPH
    9:00 AM
    Creating Great Patient and Provider Relationships with Gender Diverse Patients
    Nadeen Herring, MA aka Motha Sistah

    10:00 AM
    Policy Battles in Pennsylvania and their Effect on Young Trans Students and Others
    Jason Landau-Goodman, Esq., MA

    11:00 AM
    Personal Journeys Part One:
    My Path of Authenticity as a Trans Woman
    Brianne Rose Brinker, MA
    11:30 AM
    Personal Journeys Part Two:
    Considerations of Late in Life Transitioners
    Laura Craig, MA & Brianne Rose Brinker, MA

    12:00 PM Lunch Break

    12:45 PM
    Afternoon Welcome and Introduction
     Mayor Paige Cognetti, MBA

    1:00 PM
    Prevention and Treatment of HIV, Hepatitis, and STIs in the Transgender Community
    Dr. Shubhra Shetty, MD, FACP
    2:00 PM
    Affirming Medical Care for the Transgender Community
     Corinne Goodwin
    3:00 PM
     Trans Life Experience Panel Discussion Q and A
    All Faculty
    3:30 PM    
    Program Evaluations/Adjournment
    Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
    525 Pine Street
    Scranton, PA 18509
    United States

    Guest Faculty

    Brianne Brinker, MA
    Assistant Director
    Union College
    Schenectady, NY
    Paige Cognetti, MBA
    Mayor of Scranton
    Laura Craig, MA
    Community Chair
    NEPA Trans Health
    Corrine Goodwin
    Founder & Executive Director
    Eastern PA Trans Equity Project
    Orefield, PA
    Nadeen Herring, BA
    The Bryson Institue of The Attic Youth Center
    Philadelphia, PA
    Jason Landau Goodman, Esq.
    Assistant Counsel 
    Office of General Counsel
    Department of Environmental Protection
    Norristown, PA
    Board Chair
    Pennsylvania Youth Congress
    Harrisburg, PA

    Geisinger Faculty

    Julie Byerley, MD, MPH
    Dean, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
    President, Geisinger College of Health Sciences
    Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer
    Professor of Pediatrics
    Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
    Scranton, PA
    Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics
    University of North Carolina School of Medicine
    Chapell Hill, NC
    Shubhra Shetty, MD, FACP
    Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean
    Faculty and Community Engagement
    Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
    Scranton, PA


    In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and NEPA Trans Health.  Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.




    As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Worker Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. Social workers completing this course receive 5 cultural competency continuing education credits. 


    Credit Designation 

    Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity. 

    Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine designates this live activity for 5 contact hours for nurses. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity. 


    This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 5 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.


    Disclosure Policy 

    Faculty and all others who have the ability to control the content of continuing education activity sponsored by Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine must disclose to the program audience whether they do or do not have any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest or other relationships related to the content of their presentation(s). 


    Available Credit

    • 5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    • 5.00 ANCC
    • 5.00 Approved for AMA Credit
    • 5.00 ASWB
    • 5.00 Contact Hours


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    Due to the popularity of this program, those who register for in-person attendance may be directed to an auxiliary location within the GCSOM building for viewing or for sharing in the luncheon.