ISGMH is proud to announce that Dr. Lauren B. Beach has been promoted from Postdoctoral Research Fellow to Research Assistant Professor. Dr. Beach, whose primary faculty appointment is within the Department of Medical Social Sciences, also now joins the core faculty of ISGMH. In addition to her new faculty role, Dr. Continue Reading ▶︎
This year’s Leaders for a New Chicago awardees include ISGMH affiliate faculty member, Aymar Jean “AJ” Christian. The Field Foundation of Illinois is a “private, independent foundation that has been dedicated to the promise of Chicago for over 80 years. It aims its grant-making toward the goal of community empowerment through funding nonprofits working in justice, art and leadership investment.” The Foundation makes $2 million in grants annually, which it uses in part to support these local awardees. Continue Reading ▶︎
Our Keep It Up! (KIU!) team is seeking video submissions from young gay, bisexual, queer, and other same-gender loving men about their experiences with love, dating, sex, and relationships. If selected, your video submission will be included in the newest version of our multimedia KIU! HIV prevention program for young guys who like guys. Continue Reading ▶︎
It was during his undergraduate years at Northwestern University that Brian Mustanski knew he wanted to combine the perspectives of biology and psychology in the world of human sexuality research. He now serves as our Director at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, the Co-Director of the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research, and he is a tenured Professor at Northwestern. Continue Reading ▶︎
After five successful years in Chicago, the National LGBTQ Health Conference moved to Atlanta, GA, this past month. Co-organized and hosted by Emory University, the conference had the largest audience to date with more than 320 attendees, including scientists, public health professionals, and health care providers focused on the health and wellbeing of sexual and gender minorities. Continue Reading ▶︎
Members of ISGMH faculty and staff have signed a statement against bigotry which was sent out by the steering committee of NU’s Organization of Women Faculty. We urge you to do the same.
Like many university campuses, Northwestern has been targeted by bigotry and with white supremacist symbols in recent weeks and over the years. Continue Reading ▶︎
The LGBT Health journal has just released its newest issue for Pride Month, featuring articles from ISGMH’s 2017 public symposium “The State of LGBTQ Youth Health and Wellbeing: Strengthening Schools and Families to Build Resilience.” In partnership with the Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology, Advocates for Youth, and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, an all-day working group meeting was held to identify areas of strong and emerging scientific evidence, gaps in knowledge, and research priorities regarding HIV, substance use, mental health and suicide, and violence among LGBTQ youth. Continue Reading ▶︎
Dr. Plemons began by explaining that FFS is not a specific set of procedures performed across the board, but instead denotes a specific goal of the patient; it is a form of sex reassignment surgery which typically includes a variety of bone and soft tissue procedures intended to feminize the faces of transgender women. Continue Reading ▶︎
This Thursday, the Trump administration finalized a new rule enabling medical providers to discriminate against patients based on their “conscience” or personal or religious beliefs. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) argues that enforcement of the rule will remove barriers to entry for people who want to join health care professions but have moral and religious objections to certain types of care or procedures. Continue Reading ▶︎
Keep It Up! (KIU!), ISGMH’s online HIV & STI prevention intervention for young men who have sex with men (YMSM), has just finished filming new and refreshed content for its latest version, set to be released in Fall 2019.
KIU! was recently selected by the Centers for Disease Control as a “best-evidence” HIV risk reduction intervention. Continue Reading ▶︎