ISGMH to Hold Inaugural State of LGBT Health Symposium on August 18

On August 18, 2016, the Institute of Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) at Northwestern University will host an inaugural “State of LGBT Health Symposium,” bringing together researchers, policy makers, community-based organizations, and members of the broader lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community to discuss the intersection of research and policy related to LGBT health.

The symposium will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Northwestern University School of Law, Aspen Hall, 375 E. Chicago Ave., on the Chicago campus.  It is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, please visit the event page.
The director of the Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Karen L. Parker, Ph.D., will be the keynote speaker at the symposium. NIH established the Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office in 2015 as a result of planning that followed a 2011 report from the Institute of Medicine–the first ever comprehensive report on LGBT health.

While LGBT health research has existed for decades, only over the past several years has NIH been analyzing its research portfolio and identifying gaps in LGBT health research. Dr. Parker will discuss NIH’s Strategic Plan to Advance Research on the Health and Well-being of Sexual and Gender Minorities and how federal resources are currently being mobilized to better align with LGBT health inequities.

State Representative Greg Harris will give opening remarks at the symposium, and Dr. Parker’s keynote will be followed by presentations by ISGMH faculty Drs. Brian Mustanski, Michelle Birkett, and Michael Newcomb, who will discuss their state-of-the-art research and the synergy between federal policies and health research.

ISGMH is the first university-wide institute in the country focused on sexual and gender minority health. The institute promotes research across a range of health issues (HIV/AIDS, cancer, mental health) and populations (youth, women, transgender individuals, older adults). Sexual and gender minorities include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people – anyone whose sexual or gender identity does not conform to social majority categories of sexual orientation or gender.