ISGMH associate director, Dr. Francesca Gaiba, recently spoke on a Lunch and Learn panel hosted by the American Medical Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Work Group at their Chicago headquarters. Panel members discussed LGBT health in terms of healthcare, policy, and research, and Dr. Gaiba spoke about SGM research trends and ISGMH’s strategic priorities to address SGM health disparities. Continue Reading ▶︎
Several ISGMH faculty and postdoctoral research fellows recently presented at an Out Network Lunch and Learn titled “New Faculty and Fellow LGBT Health Research at Northwestern.” Drs. Brian Feinstein, Ashley Kraus, Dennis Li, Kathryn Macapagal, and Ethan Morgan each gave individual presentations sharing their recent research with LGBT Northwestern faculty and staff. Continue Reading ▶︎
Our colleagues at the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN) and the Gender & Sexuality Studies Program (GSS) are hiring a program assistant. The program assistant provides standard & routine clerical & administrative support to SPAN and GSS which may include word processing, data entry, ordering supplies, opening & sorting mail, copying, filing, faxing, answering phones, greeting visitors, providing information, &/or scheduling meetings. Continue Reading ▶︎
ISGMH was featured in the Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO)’s 2017 Annual Report. A core goal of the SGMRO is to remove structural barriers preventing the advancement of SGM health and wellbeing through research. The report cites ISGMH’s 2017 National LGBTQ Health Conference, Conference Professional Development Institute, and 2017 State of LGBTQ Youth Heath Symposium working group as important collaborations in working towards this goal. Continue Reading ▶︎
ISGMH director, Dr. Brian Mustanski, was recently appointed to the National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The Advisory Council advises the U. S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, the NIH director, and the director of the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) on matters related to the NIMHD’s mission to ensure all populations have equal opportunity to lead healthy lives. Continue Reading ▶︎
Dr. Héctor Carrillo recently presented “Rethinking Sexual Migration: Shifting Sexualities and Health Implications” for ISGMH’s Current Issues in LGBTQ Health lecture series. With an emphasis on the importance of recognizing the impact social factors have on health, Dr. Carrillo shared themes from his book Pathways of Desire: The Sexual Migration of Mexican Gay Men. Continue Reading ▶︎
ISGMH faculty and staff members from the SMART Project, an online HIV prevention and sexual health promotion program for teens, recently visited San Juan, Puerto Rico to meet with colleagues from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) and to attend San Juan Pride. This was the first San Juan Pride event since Hurricane Maria. Continue Reading ▶︎
ISGMH’s CONNECT Research Program is holding a competition to encourage student research at the intersection of data science and health equity in sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations. Three winners will be selected to receive a $500 prize, have their work highlighted in ISGMH’s marketing materials, and an opportunity to present their work at ISGMH in late 2018. Continue Reading ▶︎
An ISGMH faculty member and two affiliate faculty members were recently awarded research funding from the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN).
ISGMH research assistant professor, Dr. Brian Feinstein, was awarded funding for his proposal, “Bisexual visibility: Understanding motivations, strategies, and perceived success across contexts.” Dr. Feinstein’s project will use two complementary studies to better understand bisexual individuals’ attempts to make their bisexuality visible. Continue Reading ▶︎
Dr. Michelle Birkett was recently invited to speak at the Chicago launch event for the All of Us Research Program.
In her remarks, Dr. Birkett emphasized the importance of involving communities in research, especially given the historical lack of sexual and gender minorities represented in research. Dr. Birkett highlighted the potential impact of this research, explaining that asking research participants about their sexual orientation and gender identity allows researchers to collect data that can be used to develop community resources to alleviate existing health disparities. Continue Reading ▶︎