ISGMH Reacts to President Trump’s Ban of Transgender Service Members

In his announcement that transgender people will not be “accepted or allowed” in the United States military, President Trump cited “tremendous medical costs” as a key reason.

Research shows, however, that healthcare costs for this group are similar to those of the general population. The exception is for transgender service members who seek gender-transition related healthcare, which could add up to a very small approximately 0.2% increase in military health care expenditures. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Michael Newcomb Featured in NBC Out

Dr. Michael Newcomb, ISGMH’s associate director for scientific development, was recently quoted in NBC Out speaking on the importance of evidence-based, inclusive sex education. In its July 2017 edition, Teen Vogue published A Guide to Anal Sex” to provide  thorough, fact-based sex education for teens.  Because of the subject matter, the article led to frank, and sometimes controversial, discussion across social media and other media outlets.   Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Brian Mustanski is a Collaborator on NIAID Award for Hunter College’s Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training

Hunter College’s Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training has been awarded a two-year milestone-based award for more than $2.9 million from the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to address the HIV epidemic among gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men (MSM).   Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH Hosts Second Annual Symposium on June 29, 2017

On June 29th, ISGMH hosted its second Annual Symposium entitled “The State of LGBTQ Youth Health and Wellbeing: Strengthening Schools and Families to Build Resilience.” The symposium was organized by ISGMH, along with the Center for Prevention Implementation MethodologyAdvocates for Youth, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, and  supported by the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance Continue Reading ▶︎

Major Media Outlets Cover ISGMH’s Gender-Neutral Multi-Stall Restroom Announcement

ISGMH’s recent announcement that Northwestern University is the first major university in Chicago to offer a gender-neutral, multi-stall restroom has gained the attention of major media. Outlets such as The Chicago Sun-Times, U.S. News, CBS Chicago, and Diverse Issues in Higher Education, immediately covered our story.  This news was also picked up by The Quad City Times and the Bristol Herald Courier.   Continue Reading ▶︎

Northwestern Evaluators Welcome American Evaluation Association President and Form New Collaborative

On Wednesday, June 28, 2017, evaluators from across Northwestern gathered to welcome American Evaluation Association (AEA) President Dr. Kathryn Newcomer to the university. Organized by the Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance (EDIT) Program, the Center for Community Health (CCH) and the Department of Preventive Medicine, reception attendees represented more than 10 Northwestern departments and programs, and included many community partners such as the Chicago Department of Public Health. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Francesca Gaiba Featured Guest on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, July 5, 2017

Recently, the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing announced the opening of its gender-neutral, multi-stall restroom on the Northwestern University Chicago campus.  Northwestern is the first major university to adopt such equality standards at ISGMH.  

Following the media attention from The Chicago Sun Times, Associated Press, CBS Chicago, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, among other outlets, Dr. Continue Reading ▶︎

Northwestern University is the First Major University In Chicago to Offer a Gender-neutral, Multi-stall Restroom

During Pride Month, the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) is thrilled to announce that Northwestern University is the first major university in Chicago to offer a gender-neutral, multi-stall restroom.  

Dr. Francesca Gaiba, research associate professor of Medical Social Sciences and associate director of ISGMH, stated, “ISGMH is proud to be the first unit on the Northwestern campus to have a gender-neutral, multi-stall restroom, and to be a trailblazer in supporting civil and health equity.” She continued, “We hope to inspire other universities to do the same.”

ISGMH and Northwestern University place the health and safety of their faculty, staff, and students as a top priority and are thrilled to be a leader in the gender-neutral bathroom debate among universities in Chicago and the Midwest.   Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH Hosts Annual Reception and New Floor Grand Opening on June 20th

To round out this festive Pride Month, ISGMH welcomed guests for the Annual Reception and New Floor Grand Opening.  This event took place on ISGMH’s brand new 14th floor at 625 N. Michigan Ave.

Dr. Francesca Gaiba, ISGMH associate director and research associate professor in Department of Medical Social Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine, welcomed the approximately 100 guests to the reception and grand opening.   Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH Featured in Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion 2016 Annual Report

The founding of ISGMH was featured in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion’s recently published 2016 Annual Report as an example of Northwestern’s commitment to creating and supporting an inclusive and diverse community on campus.  

In addition, the Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowship Program was featured among efforts by Northwestern to increase community engagement. Continue Reading ▶︎