Saturday, March 28, 2009

[Chicago] Call For Volunteers - Help Plan the 2009 Bi Health Summit!

2009 Bi Health Summit Chicago IL USA kich-off evening of August 13th  Summit alll-day August 14th 2009The 2009 Bi Health Summit will be on August 14, 2009 at the Chicago Hilton and Towers located on Michigan Avenue’s “Magnificent Mile” overlooking Grant Park and Lake Michigan in Chicago, IL USA. This event will be held in conjunction with the National LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex) Health Summit which runs from the evening of August 13th thru 18th 2009, as a one-day event and as a broader presence within the larger conference.

Currently, we are looking for individuals to help with a number of activities:

Programming: We are looking for 6-8 individuals who are familiar with health issues facing bisexuals who would be willing to help review proposals for the national Bi Health Summit to be held in Chicago August 13-17, 2009.

A request for workshop proposals (RFP) was issued in February, with a deadline of March 31st 2009. Program committee members would be expected to participate in 1-2 conference calls and to review between an estimated 15 proposals each, spread out over April, 2009. A standard form will be provided for reviewing proposals. Program Committee members would also be asked to help suggest plenary speakers for the Summit program. Program committee members will have a chance to shape the program of the second national Bi Health Summit. Please reply to Stewart Landers (landers@jsi.com) with your email address and preferred telephone number (in case we need to find you other than through email).

Publicity/Outreach: If you are interested in volunteering to help prepare for the Bi Summit in terms of publicity/outreach we need all of the help we can get! Please contact Ed  (ednpride@hotmail.com) directly at with your email address, phone number, and field of interest.

Finance (budget, fundraising): We are looking for people who may have some idea about sources of funding to help support the Bi Health Summit. The Finance Committee will look the overall budget for the Bi Health Summit and then develop a strategy for meeting any unmet costs. For information please contact:Jen Bonardi (jbonardi@hotmail.com) and Luigi Ferrer with your email address and area of interest.

Facilities/Hospitality/On-Site Logistics Committee: We are looking for 3-5 individuals, particularly people living in the greater Chicago area, who would be willing to help with hospitality and on the ground needs for the Bi Health Summit. Committee members are needed to help with any or all of the following roles:

  • 2-3 people plan logistics for the Thursday night event - work with venue on food needs, finalize room, coordinate any A/V needs

  • 3-6 people welcome and direct people to reception and conference locations on Thursday evening, August 13th and Friday morning, August 14th via signs and in person

  • Be local hosts - answer questions about local resources such as directions, transportation, nearby restaurants, coordinated with LGBTI Health Summit efforts

  • Coordinate with LGBTI Health Summit registration folks for current estimated registrations, Thursday night event count, and any on site registrations

  • 2 people to staff summit registration table on August 13th/14th

  • Coordinate A/V needs for Bi Health Summit itself


  • Committee members are needed starting now but particularly during the second half of July and first half of August through the Summit. Please contact Ed (ednpride@hotmail.com) directly


    The Bi Health Summit attendees have included active members of the bisexual community, including bi activists, researchers, therapists, and other health care professionals. The goal of the Summit is to update attendees on the field, and hold a movement-building and strategizing session, not an introductory informational session.

    For further information please also contact Julie Ebin (jebin@FENWAYHEALTH.ORG)