Nov
20
Nov 21

Exploring how HIV/AIDS Organizations Combat Stigma and Discrimination Faced by the Gay, Trans, and Men who have sex with Men (GTM) Community in the Dominican Republic

Armonte Butler, Undergraduate Student Researcher, Sewanee: The University of the South - The Dominican Republic (DR), a “socially conservative, predominantly Roman Catholic country,” is one of five countries that account for 96% of all people living with HIV in the Caribbean region (Lavers 2015). In addition, stigma and discrimination (S&D) are manifested on self, social, and structural levels that globally hinder the gay, trans, and men who have sex with men (GTM) community from accessing employment, health services, treatment, and support. In the Dominican Republic, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a concentrated epidemic disproportionately affecting this community as well. This paper explores how two HIV/AIDS organizations, Este Amor and Union Gay, Trans, Men who have sex with men (UGTM), located in contrasting regions address stigma and discrimination faced by this community through their outreach and programming. While there are social, cultural, behavioral, and economic drivers of the epidemic in the DR, several HIV/AIDS groups in the country continue to address both stigma and discrimination allowing for HIV and AIDS prevention. By working with two organizations in the Dominican Republic, this study poses the question: What strategies, methods, and approaches are used by two HIV/AIDS organizations to address stigma and discrimination faced by the gay, trans, and men who have sex with men community?

Nov
20
12:40 pm12:40

StreetConnect: Development and Usability of a Mobile App to Improve Health for Homeless and Street Youth

Bhupendra Sheoran, Executive Director, YTH - Youth+Tech+Health and Melissa Habel, Health Scientist at CDC, Division of STD Prevention The presentation will discuss the development of StreetConnect, a dual-purpose, mobile app prototype that was created to link homeless and unstably housed youth (HUY) to services, and enable providers to better serve their HUY patients. In addition to linking HUY to local sexual health care resources, the StreetConnect app connects HUY to food, shelter, clothing, and employment resources. The app is a promising way to increase service utilization, provide referral access, and share resources among HUY and their providers. Focus group and usability findings with be shared along with a demonstration of the app.

Nov
20
12:40 pm12:40

TRANSforming With Resliency

Keith Taylor, Researcher, Grand Canyon University - As the United States’ laws integrate for transgender inclusion, more and more research is being conducted on the methods and reasons in which trans-individuals seek medical and mental health services. The emerging social equality for the sexual minority population includes the freedom of marriage, occupational health benefits and even military service. These social evolutions create a demand for understanding the unique needs of the transgender population. Research focused on improving trans-centered treatments by understanding individual ecology, social needs and future barriers can decrease health disparities within the trans-population.

Nov
20
11:30 am11:30

Lunch Plenary/Networking: Key findings from the 2015 national YRBS on the health risk behaviors of sexual minority youth

Emily Olsen, MSPH, Statistician, Division of Adolescent and School Health, Center for Disease Control and Prevention - This presentation will provide an overview of key findings from the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), a nationally representative survey of school-based youth that, for the first time, included questions to ascertain sexual identity and sex of sexual contacts.

Nov
20
10:10 am10:10

Contexts for Thriving Among Queer Young Adults of Color

Kia Darling-Hammond, Researcher (Doctoral Candidate), Stanford University - This presentation explores experiences of thriving within a small group of self-identified LGBTQ youth of color (age 18-25). Much discourse about queer youth and youth of color emphasizes risks, or situates their lived experience as survival in the face of abjection. This study suggests that a sense of freedom, experiences of affirmation, the ability to focus on personal interests and wellness, the ability to self-define, and key institutional successes contribute to experiences of thriving.

Nov
20
10:10 am10:10

Lesbian and gay alumni perceptions of acceptance in Catholic Schools

James Fry, Researcher, Malvern Preparatory School - LGBT acceptance in schools can vary greatly from one type of institution to another. Specifically, Catholic schools are one type of institution that varies greatly with respect to its acceptance and respect for the LGBT community. This session will explore recent research in the area of lesbian and gay acceptance in Catholic schools.

Nov
20
10:10 am10:10

An innovative social advocacy approach to building community, combating stigma, and reducing HIV/AIDS among intergenerational gay men of color in the American South

Jamie Hopkins, Faculty Instructor, Project Director, Morehouse School of Medicine - The factors associated with HIV/AIDS disparities among young gay men of color are complex and require holistic, innovative solutions. Impulse Group Atlanta is a chapter-based organization dedicated to the holistic health of gay men residing in Atlanta and other regional cities disproportionately impacted by HIV. Impulse leverages social advocacy and peer-to-peer mobilization to establish rapport with gay men of color; deliver risk-reduction messaging; and facilitate linkages to care. This presentation will provide an overview of Impulse, demonstrate a Impulse advocacy activation, and discuss strategies for engaging young gay men of color in culturally-salient wellness programming.

Nov
20
8:00 am08:00

The Pedagogy of Communal Experience: Incorporating the LGBT Experience into New or Existing Christian Education Curriculum in the Black Church

L. Renair Amin Covington, Organizer, Holokleria Coaching Services The purpose of this presentation is to explore ways to create an inclusive religious education curriculum that is more attentive to the LGBTQ experience. Without the ability to take a look at the cultural trends, pedagogical methodologies, and church processes, the opportunity is missed to design programming that can be applicable to a LGBTQ individual’s life outside of just Biblical scholarship. If the traditional churches in communities of color begin to move towards inclusivity, the overall universal church will become more effective in the spiritual lives of the LGBTQ community, which will then cause a shift in the community as a whole.

Nov
19
3:25 pm15:25

The Impact of Education on Healthcare Providers: Competent care of the LGBTQ patient

Randi Singer, Researcher, Widener University Human Sexuality Education and Dane Menkin, a Nurse Practitioner and PCP at the Mazzoni Center in Philadelphia - Randi Singer, a researcher and Nurse-Midwife and Dane Menkin, a Nurse Practitioner and PCP at the Mazzoni Center in Philadelphia, PA have united forces to bring a combination of case studies, role plays, vignettes, and evidence based practice suggestions for healthcare providers caring for LGBTQ individuals. Singer and Menkin’s presentation will weave historical and statistical information demonstrating the need for change with videos and interactive role plays which will offer opportunities to simulate ways to navigate LGBTQ specific clinical experiences. Grounded in Singer’s research and Menkin’s hands on LGBTQ primary care experience, the two will offer insight into the need for change and provide answers to frequently asked questions by healthcare providers.

Nov
19
3:25 pm15:25

The STRONG study: Preliminary findings, lessons learned and next steps

Ashli Owen-Smith, Assistant Professor of Health Management and Policy, Georgia State University This panel of researchers, clinicians and community advocates will present preliminary findings from the STRONG study. We will discuss research findings related to 4 topics: (1) perceived health and healthcare issues among transgender people in Georgia and California, (2) determinants of and barriers to hormonal and surgical treatment receipt among transgender people, (3) methods for and challenges of natal sex determination in electronic medical records and (4) the prevalence of transgender identity among Kaiser Permanente enrollees in Georgia and California. We hope that these presentations will be informative for attendees, provide an opportunity for dialogue and facilitate future academic-community partnerships.

Nov
19
2:10 pm14:10

Transnormativity, New Media, and Public Health

Jordan Miller, PhD Student, Georgia State University Many have criticized mainstream trans visibility for reinforcing transnormativity, the degree of being considered the correct way of crossing the boundaries of the culturally defined gender one was assigned at birth. In this discussion, we will first take a closer look at how non-white and non-binary trans people are using YouTube to disrupt transnormativity and secondly, at how the discourses within trans YouTube point to areas of needed improvement within public health for gender and sexual minorities.

Nov
19
2:10 pm14:10

What Are the Experiences of Queer Students at an All Male Institution

Ramon Johnson, Researcher/Activist, Morehouse College - The research design for this study is a Quantitative Cross Sectional descriptive Survey Design. The researcher will ask a sample of queer and MSM Morehouse students a set of close ended questions about their backgrounds, attitudes, and experiences regarding what it is like to be queer or MSM at Morehouse College.

Nov
19
11:15 am11:15

Morehouse College Safe Space: Unmuting Our History and Claiming Our Future

Timothy P. Tukes, Jordan Long, Ramon W. Johnson, Kylan Kester, Shareef Phillips - This project’s topic is significant because we want to provide a historical context for the queer activism on Morehouse’s campus and the formation of the gender and sexual diverse collective, Morehouse College Safe Space. We desire to add to the historical record of the development, contributions, and legacy of Morehouse Safe Space within the AUC. Too often, the media portrays LGBTQ students and LGBTQ organizations as tragically queer and rarely shows the various strides made by us. we desire to see our narratives of resistance and resilience shared to inspire other LGBTQ students to be visible and active on their respective campuses.

Nov
19
11:15 am11:15

The Linkage to Care Peer Navigation Training Program: an Internal Assessment of this Novel Training Program

Donna J. Smith, Director, Linkage to Care Peer Navigator Training Program, Community Research Center, School of Public Health - In the Atlanta metropolitan area, it is estimated that over 60% of all HIV-positive persons are not in medical care. This is clearly a public health crisis. Peer Navigators are increasingly acknowledged as a critical component in efforts to reach those persons who are not in care because of their ability to establish effective rapport with the target populations. The Linkage to Care Peer Navigator Training Program is designed to prepare HIV+ young black gay and bi men and transgender women of color as Peer Navigators, to help link to medical care those who have been recently diagnosed as HIV-positive, as well as those who know their status but have fallen out of care.

Nov
19
11:15 am11:15

Voices in Higher Education; LGBTQ Students of Color Focusing on Gay Latino Scholarship and research

Lorenzo Garcia, Researcher, San Francisco State University - Multidimensional identity and selective identity are key factors for LGBTQ students of color. Informed institutes and fluidity of campus resources are vital for this student population as revealed in Dr. Garcia’s research. Navigating campuses of higher learning for LGBTQ students of color requires that the institute listen to the voices which have been historically kept in the margins of our educational system due to heteronormative and homophobic practice and attitudes both in and out of the classroom. Dr. Garcia presents the personalized testimonios of six self-identified Gay Latino men and their respective experiences on campus.

Nov
19
10:00 am10:00

Public Health & Wellness Plenary: Protective Factors and the Health of Sexual and Gender Minority Youth: Research from CDC DASH and the Arcus Foundation

Lisa Barrios, Branch Chief, CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) - In this session, we will discuss a two year collaboration between CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) and the Arcus Foundation, focused on moving forward the scientific study of protective factors (i.e., the characteristics, conditions, and behaviors that enable individuals avoid or lessen risks to health) for sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth. We will summarize the three arms of this project: (1) our conceptual approach, (2) results from three systematic reviews of protective factors among SGM youth, and (3) our emergent work on protective factors with transgender youth in Atlanta.