Download the Grant W. Farmer Memorial Scholarship Application Here
Grant W. Farmer was a gifted and committed public health researcher, teacher, community member, friend, and mentor. He was a long time Caucus member, and served the caucus as Chair from 2012-2014, and as well as other executive committee roles.
The Grant W. Farmer Memorial Scholarship is an annual competitive award that supports, at least, one deserving undergraduate or graduate student to attend the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Exposition. The award is inclusive of a $500 honorarium to support fees associated with conference registration and travel.
Special thanks to Mr. Mertens for his continued support of The Caucus, and his commitment to continuing Grant's legacy through this Memorial Scholarship.
*** The 2019 APHA Annual Meeting will be held in Philadelphia, PA from November 2-6***
Please send any questions, inquiries, and applications directly to the LGBT Caucus of Public Health Professionals Chair-Elect, Javontae Lee Williams, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Caucus established the Walter J. Lear Outstanding Student Research Award to recognize exceptional work by students on LGBT-related issues. The award consists of a stipend and free caucus membership. All students who submit an abstract to the Caucus for consideration for the annual meeting are eligible for this award.
Walter J. Lear was one of the founders and a longtime chair of the Caucus. He founded the Caucus in 1975 and worked with APHA to inform them of our health issues and the need for research. Click here to read Walter's Obituary
We are pleased to announce the 2019 Walter J. Lear Award winner, Naomi Green, MPH for the highest scored peer reviewed abstract submitted by a student for the 2019 scientific sessions! Naomi Greene is a third year doctoral student in the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Our 2019 awardee is Naomi Green, MPH, who will be honored at our caucus business meeting on Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 4:00-5:30 pm in Pennsylvania Convention Center - 201C when we present her with the award.
She will then present her research, titled “Exploring healthcare provider interactions in breast cancer screening and care among Black sexual minority women,” as part of the Health of LGBTQ People of Color 1: Physical and Mental Health and Healthcare session on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 3:00-4:30pm in Pennsylvania Convention Center - 201C. Please join us in celebrating!
Lear Award Recipients
2019: Naomi Green, MPH-- We are pleased to announce the 2019 Walter J. Lear Award winner, Naomi Green, MPH for the highest scored peer reviewed abstract submitted by a student for the 2019 scientific sessions! Naomi Greene is a third year doctoral student in the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
2018: Stephanie Creasy, MPH-- Stephanie Creasy received her MPH from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health with a certificate in LGBT Health and Wellness in April 2017. Her master’s level thesis was a mixed-methods study examining the experiences of incarceration and re-entry for transgender women in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. She is now a Project Coordinator in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences for an R01 grant testing the effect of the representative payee program on antiretroviral therapy treatment adherence and rates of viral suppression for people living with HIV. She continues to work on projects focusing on how incarceration and re-entry affect the health and well-being of queer/trans populations. Her winning abstract, “Previously Incarcerated Transgender Women: A Mixed-Methods Study on Experiences, Needs, and Resiliencies” was presented as part of the Trans/Gender-Variant People's Public Health 2 session on Wednesday, November 14, 2018: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in SDCC: 3
About the Caucus
Since its founding in 1975, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Caucus has been an association of public health professionals committed to furthering LGBT issues within the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the field of public health at large. For more information about the LGBT Caucus, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.
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