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Annual Southern Comfort Conference


Care Resource Participates in the Annual Southern Comfort Conference

The annual Southern Comfort Conference taking place on September 29th (through October 3rd) is one of the largest gatherings of the transgender community in the world.  It features seminars, events, speeches by prominent people in the LGBT community, numerous vendors catering to transgender community and more.

The conference has built a reputation as a safe place for LGBT people with a familial atmosphere, and aims at inclusiveness. It attracts people from all over the United States, offering the opportunity for social and other interaction.

On Thursday, October 1st. two of Care Resource’s providers are speaking. From 2:00 to 3:30 Dr. Steven Santiago is presenting: “Pre Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV.” From 3:35 to 5pm Dr. Sheryl Zayas is presenting: “Hormone Therapy in the Transgender adult, including those with HIV.”

Dr. Steven Santiago has been the Medical Director at Care Resource, South Florida’s largest non-profit AIDS service organization, since 2003. Dr. Steven Santiago received his BS at City College of New York and his MD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook Medical School. He completed his residency in Family Practice at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. Dr. Santiago has been an active member of the HIV education community.

 Dr. Sheryl Zayas is the Associate Medical Director at Care Resource, South Florida’s largest non-profit HIV/AIDS service organization and also a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).  Dr. Zayas received her BA from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and graduated from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale.  She completed her residency in Family Practice at the Lake Eric College of Osteopathic Medicine location in Miami, Florida.  She also received the Trans Equality Award presented by the Pride Center in Fort Lauderdale in 2014.

Care Resource is uniquely positioned to assist transgender individuals with their health care management needs and much more. Care Resource providers are trained in the management of hormone treatment and follow the guidelines set forth by the Endocrine Treatment of Transsexual Persons from the Endocrine Society. Additionally, our therapists are State of Florida registered or licensed and meet the competency requirements for mental health professionals contained in the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Standards of Care. In corporation with our service partners, Care Resource helps refer clients to name change clinics on specific dates/times for transgender individuals who are interested in legal name changes to align with their gender identity.

Come celebrate the 25th Anniversary SCC kickoff reception on September 28, 2015 at 6:30pm at FUSION located at 2304 NE 7th Avenue in Wilton Manors. Those that attend this Talkin’ T reception will receive FREE passes for SCC!

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