Summer Institute in LGBT Population Health Alumni Reunite at APHA Conference

At last month’s American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Denver, a number of alumni from Fenway’s Summer Institute in LGBT Population Health reunited to celebrate the Institute’s accomplishments and foster new collaborations in the realm of LGBT public health. A program of the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health, the Summer Institute is a unique opportunity for graduate students and early career scholars to receive training in interdisciplinary theory and methods for conducting population research on sexual and gender minority health.

Sponsored by The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health and the Institute for Urban Health Research at Northeastern University, this intensive training program has drawn 100 participants from across the country, Canada and beyond. The program includes a seminar on LGBT health and social life, short courses in quantitative analysis, and a data lab. Each participant completes an individual quantitative analysis project on an LGBT health topic of interest, using population-based data.

The following alumni were present at the reunion:

Derrick Matthews, University of Pittsbugh Assistant Professor
Manuel Ocasio, University of Miami PhD Candidate
Nicole VanKim, University of Massachusetts Amherst Assistant Professor
Gilbert Gonzales, Vanderbilt University Assistant Professor
Ayden Scheim, Western University PhD Candidate
Alvin Tran, Harvard University Doctor of Science Student
Hale Thompson, Rush University Medical Center Post Doc Fellow
Allegra Gordon, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School Postdoctoral Fellow

Also joining the institute were Summer Institute Faculty Wendy Bostwick, Heather Corliss, and Sean Cahill. Harlan Pruden, a doctoral student at the University of British Columbia, Two Spirit activist, and member of the President’s Advisory Commission on HIV/AIDS, also joined the reunion. Sean Cahill, Director of Health Policy Research at the Fenway Institute, presented on advances in data collection on federal surveys and in clinical settings and research opportunities to analyze these new data.

The Summer Institute in LGBT Population Health was started in 2010 as an award from NICHD to Judith Bradford, PhD, MA, Director of the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health and Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute. Kerith Conron, ScD, MPH, Affiliated Investigator at The Fenway Institute, joined the program in 2013 as Co-Director.

“What stood out to me in the planning phases of this reunion, as we reached out to our 100 alumni, was the incredible appreciation that they have for the Summer Institute and that it continues to have a positive impact on the professional lives of so many,” said Conron.

“The Summer Institute on LGBT Population Health was the first of its kind,” added Bradford. “It’s an opportunity for developing scientists to become experts in this field and for full-scale population research training.”

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