Dr. Michelle Birkett Selected for the New Voices Cohort of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

We are pleased to announce that ISGMH’s Dr. Michelle Birkett, assistant professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences and director of the CONNECT Complex Systems and Health Disparities Research Program, has been appointed to the National Academies’ New Voices in Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine cohort. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are private, nonprofit institutions that provide expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world. Continue Reading ▶︎

Call for Submissions: Data Science & SGM Health Equity Paper Competition

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 ▶︎

Dr. Michelle Birkett Speaks at All of Us Research Program Launch

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 ▶︎

Network Canvas Hosts Interactive Open House

Network Canvas recently welcomed researchers, students, and academics to their Open House on March 27th. Guests enjoyed short presentations from key project leaders while having the opportunity to demo Network Canvas software on various devices. Project leaders made themselves available to answer questions about the software’s design, functionality, and data collection methodology. Continue Reading ▶︎

CONNECT Publication Featured by the Society for Community Research and Action

A CONNECT publication was recently featured on the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) website. Written by Liz McConnell, an NRSA predoctoral fellow with ISGMH, and Ashley Simons-Rudolph, the post details findings from a CONNECT paper exploring multiple minority stress and community resilience in marginalized groups. Informed by minority stress and intersectionality theories, the paper found sexual minority men of color, especially Black men, experience racial stigma in LGBT spaces as well as LGBT stigma in their communities. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Bálint Néray Awarded Postdoc Professional Development Travel Award

Dr. Bálint Néray, ISGMH postdoctoral fellow, was recently awarded a Postdoc Professional Development Travel Award from the Graduate School at Northwestern University. Dr. Néray will use the award this summer to travel to the 2018 Sunbelt Conference in Utrecht, the Netherlands, where he will present a talk titled “Inferring the organizing principles of young men who have sex with men from combining many sex-reports.”

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Dr. Michelle Birkett Invited to Speak at Northwestern and DePaul University

Dr. Michelle Birkett, director of the CONNECT Complex Systems and Health Disparities Research program, has been invited to give a talk at the Personality, Development, and Health Psychology Brown Bag Series at Northwestern University, to take place this Friday, February 9th from 3:00-4:00 pm in Swift Hall 210. Her talk will be titled “Using Network Data to Understand the Social and Systemic Drivers of HIV.”

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Drs. Michelle Birkett and Gregory Phillips II Guest Editors for Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Drs. Michelle Birkett and Gregory Phillips II have been nominated as guest editors to organize a special issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The special issue is titled “Breakthroughs in LGBT Health Research” and will focus particularly on innovative methods, measurement, or data analyses, the use of nationally representative data, transgender populations, and factors related to resiliency or intersectionality. Continue Reading ▶︎