2017 National LGBTQ Health Conference​

Chicago IL

Apr 28 - 30, 2017

The 2017 National LGBTQ Health Conference: Bridging Research and Practice is an interdisciplinary translational research conference that aims to bring together scientists, public health professionals, and healthcare providers to improve the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer populations with a specific focus on creating a dialogue between researchers and practitioners by integrating both research findings and clinical applications.





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Erik Eckhert

Medical Student (MS4), UC Berkeley / UCSF Joint Medical Program

Bio: He/him Erik Eckhert attended college at UC Berkeley, where he studied molecular and cell biology, as well as gender studies. He subsequently matriculated into the UC Berkeley / UCSF Joint Medical Program, where he earned a Masters in Health and Medical Science with emphases in science and technology studies and LGBTQ studies, and is currently completing his MD. He recently matched to Stanford, where he will complete a residency in internal medicine starting June 2017. Erik is interested in complimenting a career in clinical medicine with research that addresses structural problems in medicine and society. He has spoken on and published several papers related to LGBT health, including "A Case for the Demedicalization of Queer Bodies" in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine,"A History of the Medico-legalization of LGBTQ Identity" at San Quentin State Prison, and "Naturally Queer: A History of the Discursive Construction & Political Deployment of 'Nature' with Respect to Queer Rights" at the Groundswell Institute.

Jennifer Rowley

Research Project Coordinator , University of Chicago-Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry & Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3

Bio: Jenny Rowley is a research project coordinator at the University of Chicago’s Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry & Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3) where she works on projects focused on advancing sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing among racial, ethnic and sexual minority youth. Before coming to Ci3, Jenny was based in Bangkok, Thailand on a Princeton research fellowship with a focus on understanding and improving access to maternal, sexual and reproductive healthcare among minority populations across 7 Asian countries. Jenny graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Global Health and Environment.

Simon Chavez

Vice Chair, Professional Wellness Initiative, American Veterinary Medical Association

Bio: Simon Chavez is a nonprofit advocate committed to building the capacity of nonprofit organizations by connecting various communities under the umbrella of a common cause. He especially enjoys and prides himself on working with LGBTQ groups. Currently, he serves as the Co-Chair of the LGBT Outreach Committee for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Illinois Chapter. Chavez is a national veterinary consultant within different disciplines of practice. He brings the discussion of suicide prevention to the veterinary professionas part of the One Health Initiative to address professional burnout and compassion fatigue in the medical field.

Steven John

Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for HIV Educational Studies & Training, Hunter College of the City University of New York

Bio: Dr. Steven John is a Postdoc Fellow at the Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training (CHEST) at Hunter College of the City University of New York. He received his MPH and PhD degrees from the School of Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research expertise centers on HIV and STI prevention, particularly regarding biomedical prevention mechanisms, with racial and sexual minority populations. His prior work includes research with STI clinic patients in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he studied novel methods to reduce repeatedly acquired STIs. His most recent research includes the study of pre-exposure prophylaxis and HIV testing, with a particular emphasis on expanding biomedical prevention uptake of PrEP and at-home HIV and STI testing.

Susannah Allison

Program Officer , NIMH/NIH

Bio: Program Officer, Infant, Child, & Adolescent Research Programs Division of AIDS Research, NIMH, NIH Washington DC, USA Susannah Allison leads a program that supports neurobehavioral and psychosocial studies involving infants, children, and adolescents impacted by HIV (such as born to a mother living with HIV) or at-risk for HIV. Before working at NIMH, Dr. Allison worked similar populations in Baltimore, Miami and Washington, DC. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Child Psychology with an emphasis in child health psychology at the George Washington University.

Alicia VandeVusse

Senior Researcher, Ci3, The University of Chicago

Bio: She/her

Bianca Wilson

Rabbi Barbara Zacky Senior Scholar of Public Policy, The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy

Laura Kann

Senior Scientist and Chief of the School-Based Surveillance Branch in the Division of Adolescent and School Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hector Torres

Chief Program Officer, Center on Halsted

Karen Parker

Director of The Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office- NIH, NIH

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Jennifer Alvidrez

Program Official at National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, NIMHD

Ilan Meyer

Williams Institute, UCLS

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