Christina has worked in Sexual and Gender Minority Health since 2011. Previously, Christina was the Sexual and Gender Minority Data Lead in the Data and Policy Analytics Group for the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and before CMS she worked for the National Center for Health Statistics, CDC, as the data analyst for the Healthy People 2020 LGBT Health and Social Determinants of Health topic areas. She holds a Masters’ Degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of public Health, and a double major from Smith College in Neuroscience and Woman and Gender Studies. In her free time she rows for the DC Strokes Rowing Club, searches out new IPAs, and entertains her hound dog.
Adam is the Academic Director of the Health Sciences Scholars Program at the University of Michigan, and is the Senior Researcher for the Division of Pediatric Urology at Mott Children’s Hospital. He teaches on health policy, LGBTQ health, and other broad topics in American health care. Adam is the former Gender & Sexuality Policy Coordinator for the American Medical Student Association, and is now an independent consultant on LGBTQ health and health policy. Some of his research and practice interests related to LGBTQ health are cultural humility & competence education for current and future health care providers, health policy as a tool for mitigating disparities, and access to health care services for LGBTQ people. Adam earned his BA in the Honors Individualized Major Program and MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education, both at the University of Michigan. After graduate school, Adam completed a policy fellowship focused on LGBTQ health with the Gill Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Jennifer M. Jabson , is an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee, Department of Public Health. Jennifer received her doctoral and MPH degrees from Oregon State University with emphasis in women's health and cancer survivorship in 2010. After completing her graduate training in public health, Jennifer completed an American Cancer Society funded post-doctoral fellowship at Boston University School of Public Health where she specialized in cancer prevention and control and cancer disparities in underserved populations. Her primary research interests include population health, chronic disease and cancer prevention, and cancer survivorship, including evaluating psychosocial and behavioral factors that influence cancer risk and survivorship among underserved minority groups. Jennifer's scholarly activities include research that explores the role of stress and perceived discrimination in cancer survivorship among sexual minority women, health behaviors of racial/ethnic minority cancer survivors, psychosocial factors that relate to chronic disease risk and cancer survivorship among minority groups, and intervention research designed to reduce risk for chronic disease among women in mid-life. Jennifer's long range research program will build on current and future developments regarding disparities in cancer prevention and control to the point of developing and implementing multilevel interventions that eliminate cancer and health disparities among underserved groups.
Don Allensworth-Davies is an Assistant Professor with the School of Health Sciences at Cleveland State University (CSU) and CSU Program Coordinator for the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master (CEOMPH) in Public Health Program. He holds an MSc in Epidemiology and a PhD in Health Services Research from the Boston University School of Public Health. Don serves as a member of the Gender and Health Advisory Committee and is currently Chair of the Gender and Health Interest Group at AcademyHealth, a national professional organization for health services research, health economics and health policy. Don is also currently the Program Chair Elect for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health Caucus of the American Public Health Association. He has collaborated in the past with the Massachusetts LGBT Aging Needs Assessment Coalition at the Fenway Institute in Boston and is a former member of Boston University Medical Center's Institutional Review Board. Don's research interests include: healthcare outcomes, access to health services, and health disparities among LGBT elders and GBT prostate cancer survivors; addictions health services research; and research ethics and protection of human subjects.
Dr. Brittany Charlton is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's Department of Epidemiology. She is also an Associate Epidemiologist in the Channing Division of Network Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Charlton's epidemiologic research primarily focuses on reproductive health. One area of her work examines the development and prevention of sexual orientation-related disparities with a focus on reproductive health topics such as HPV/cervical cancer, teen pregnancy, and family planning. A second area of her research investigates the health effects of using contraceptives. Previously, Dr. Charlton worked on Capitol Hill as well as for non-profit organizations including NARAL and the Center for Reproductive Rights. She completed a year of national service in AmeriCorps, during which she was based at New York’s LGBT Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. Dr. Charlton trained as a predoctoral fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Ob/Gyn Epidemiology Center and was a Visiting Scientist at the Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, Denmark. She completed the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Sexual Orientation and Health Disparities Research at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Charlton holds a BA from The New School as well as an MSc and ScD from the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Kirsten is a third-year Master's Student in Public Health and Social Work at Portland State University and Oregon Health & Science University. She has an undergraduate degree in International Affairs from Lewis & Clark College and a certificate in Public Health from the University of Montana. Before returning to school, she worked in healthcare IT and clinical research. She is interested in health equity, health promotion, and community health work with LGBTQ communities. Her work in this area includes participation in the Transgender Health Program Committee at OHSU, helping to develop and teach an LGBTQ-inclusive undergraduate Human Sexuality course at PSU, and volunteering with the Bisexual Resource Center in Boston for Bisexual Health Awareness Month. Her research projects at the moment focus on PrEP/HIV prevention and mHealth for transgender women. Currently, she also helps to facilitate community health worker training as an intern at the Multnomah County Health Department and is a member of the Communications Committee at the newly-formed PSU Graduate Employees Union.
Michael is the program manager and policy analyst for Preemption Watch (a program of Grassroots Change) a public health and human rights preemption legislation tracking, analysis and counter strategy project. Prior to this Michael worked on policy change to address LGBTQ cancer disparities and spent a decade in HIV programs (from operations and communications to research and program implementation). Michael received his MPH from New York Medical College.
Matt Graham works at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center of Chicago where he implements and evaluates HIV prevention interventions for young Black and Latinx men who have sex with men. He received a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a concentration in Community Health Sciences. His current research interests include the implementation of drag performance in HIV prevention. Matt received a Bachelor’s in Advertising and Public Relations from Loyola University Chicago and has resided in the city since. In his free time enjoys going to concerts, exploring Chicago's numerous neighborhoods and buying shoes.
Javontae Lee Williams is an applied research scientist at Interdisciplinary Sexuality Research Collaborative Widener University. Supported by a grant from ViiV Healthcare to Widener University, his team translates theoretical perspectives about LGBT communities into curricula for adults focusing on the needs of the rural south. Through a community based participatory research approach this work aims to reduce men’s risk for HIV, improve communication between provider and patient and reduce stigma by educating communities most impacted by HIV. For nearly 15 years he has worked as a nurse in various clinical capacities. He graduated from Temple University with honors distinction in Sociology and earned a Master’s of Public Health at West Chester University. Among his research interests are the behavioral effect on health, health disparities, the social aspect of HIV and AIDS and issues affecting the health of men of color as well as gay and bisexual identified persons. His blog can be found at www.javontae.com
Phillip is a Health Services Research and Policy Doctoral Student at the University of Rochester. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he also completed substantial graduate work in Public Health. Phillip is very excited to continue his Public Health graduate work so that he can ultimately research Minority Health Equity (primarily around LGBTQ+ and Black/PoC populations) and train future public health students. He spends the majority of his free time planning his upcoming wedding, but also enjoys musicals, movies, concerts, and aggressive napping. Phillip likes to travel within and outside of the United States, participates in line dancing weekly, and attempts to Catch 'Em All!
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