Philadelphia Family Pride is excited to announce that the 2015 Family Matters Conference will take place on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) at the main hospital’s Stokes Auditorium.
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This year’s conference theme is “Mind, Body, and Soul: Taking care of ourselves and our families.” PFP is very excited that our keynote speaker will be Pennsylvania’s Physician General, Dr. Rachel Levine, pictured right.
Dr. Levine is the highest ranking out transgender woman in Pennsylvania’s state government and will be honored at this year’s Philly Pride as the parade’s Grand Marshal. In her role as Physician General, Dr. Levine advises the governor and secretary of the Department of Health on medical and public health-related issues.
Before being tapped for her current position in Gov. Wolf’s cabinet, Dr. Levine, a resident of Middletown, Pennsylvania, was a professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, where she also served as chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders, a program she created. She has also worked actively with the school’s Office of Diversity, mentoring LGBT students, faculty and staff, and she sits on the board of Equality PA.
The conference was first held in 2010 at the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research and offered 20 workshops for attendees, as well as a kids zone.
In 2011, our second annual conference was sponsored by Widener University and Widener’s Center for Social Work Education and the Graduate Program in Human Sexuality. There were 18 workshops and panels during the day, including an Ask the Experts! Teen Panel during lunch.
In 2012, our third annual conference was sponsored by Arcadia University School of Education, the Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology. The theme was “Welcoming Schools” and the keynote speaker Graciela Slesaransky-Poe. We offered 13 workshops and panels, including ones specifically for educators.
In 2013, our fourth conference was held at the William Way LGBT Community Center. The theme was “Telling Our Stories” and the keynote speaker was kids’ book author Cory Silverberg.
In 2014, our fifth conference was held at The Philadelphia School. The theme was “Our Families and the Future” and they keynote speaker was Mary Anders.