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
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M. Aaron Guest, PhD, MPH, MSW is a socio-environmental gerontologist whose research interests lie at the nexus of health, identity, and the social & built environments. Aaron is an Assistant Professor of Aging within the Center for Innovation in Healthy and Resilient Aging in the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University. He holds a PhD in Gerontology from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Public Health, a Master of Social Work, and Graduate Certificates in gerontology and health communication, from the University of South Carolina. His research centers on how marginalized, particularly LGBTQ, rural older adults social networks affect their health and quality of life. Specifically, he focuses on the interrelationship between identity, place, networks, and health. He applies his interdisciplinary background as a community-based scholar to address health inequities, improve health equity, and improve health outcomes through decreasing disparities among rural older adults.
Christina has worked in Sexual and Gender Minority Health since 2011. A career public servant, Christina currently works at the Department of Labor. Previously, Christina was the Sexual and Gender Minority Data Lead for the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and spent three years at 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 boats, runs races, and entertains her hound dog.
Adam is the associate director of medical school education at The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Adam also holds a lecturer appointment at the University of Michigan where he was previously academic director of the Health Sciences Scholars Program. Adam has developed and taught courses on health policy, LGBTQ health, HIV/AIDS and other broad topics in U.S. and U.K. health care. 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 through an 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.
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Allegra Gordon, ScD, MPH is a social epidemiologist and an Assistant Professor of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health. She also holds appointments as Instructor in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital and in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She uses quantitative and qualitative research methods to understand the mental and physical health impacts of discrimination and the effects of gender socialization and gender norms on the health of young people across sexual orientations and gender identities. Current projects examine: the effects of the social and policy environment on substance use and health-related quality of life among sexual minority young adults; the links between body image, intimate relationships, and sexual health among transgender and non-binary young adults; and experiences with weight stigma and eating disorders risk factors among LGBTQ populations. She earned her doctorate in Social & Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in Women, Gender, and Health at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health and she holds an MPH in Sociomedical Sciences with a concentration in Sexuality and Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Originally from Berkeley, CA, she now calls Boston, MA home.
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Madina Agénor, ScD, MPH is the inaugural Gerald R. Gill Assistant Professor of Race, Culture, and Society in the Department of Community Health at Tufts University. As a social epidemiologist and health services researcher, Dr. Agénor investigates health and health care inequities in relation to various dimensions of social inequality – especially sexual orientation, gender identity, and race/ethnicity – using an intersectional lens. In particular, her research seeks to elucidate the social and policy determinants of sexual and reproductive health and cancer screening and prevention among socially and economically marginalized populations, especially women and girls of color, sexual minority women and girls, transgender and non-binary individuals, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people of color. Dr. Agénor's research has been published in leading public health and medical journals, including American Journal of Public Health, Social Science & Medicine, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and Annals of Internal Medicine. Prior to joining the Tufts faculty, Dr. Agénor was Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Lecturer in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University, and a Cancer Prevention Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She holds a Doctor of Science (ScD) in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and a bachelor’s degree (AB, magna cum laude with Honors) in Community Health and Gender Studies from Brown University. Dr. Agénor is also a Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University, adjunct faculty at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and The Fenway Institute, and Director of the Sexual Health and Reproductive Experiences (SHARE) Lab at Tufts University.
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Kristen D. Krause, PhD, MPH (she/her/hers), is an adjunct faculty member in the LGBTQ Health Concentration at the Rutgers University School of Public Health (SPH) and the Deputy Director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS), a leading training ground for LGBTQ scholars. She has expertise in HIV/AIDS, aging, resilience, and broader LGBTQ health disparities. More specifically, her work examines resilience as it relates to biological, psychological, and social health states among older gay HIV+ men. Previously, she was the recipient of a TL1 Pre-doctoral fellowship at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at NYU Langone Health, and more recently received the Stuart D. Cook Excellence in Research Award for her dissertation work from the Rutgers SPH. Kristen also serves as the founding Deputy Editor of a new journal geared towards the health and well-being of sexual and gender diverse communities called Annals of LGBTQ Public and Population Health.
Kristen D. Clark, MSN, RN
Membership Chair, San Francisco, CA
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Kristen D. Clark is a PhD Candidate in Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. Her doctoral research is centered on the structural barriers to health care access, health care experiences, and symptom experiences of transgender and gender expansive people in the United States. Her doctoral work is funded through a National Institute for Nursing Research pre-doctoral fellowship (F31).
Prior to pursuing her PhD, Kristen worked clinically as a nurse in inpatient mental health, specializing in crisis stabilization. In this capacity she worked to advocate for more inclusive and knowledgeable mental health care for transgender individuals through revised hospital policies and education as well as by advocating for increased inclusive education in Florida nursing schools.
Jeremy Wang, MPH
Student Chair, San Francisco, CA
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Jeremy Wang (He/Him), MPH is a medical student at the University of California, San Francisco. Recently, he received his MPH from Brown University with a concentration in Health Behaviors. His research and advocacy work focuses on preventative health among transgender individuals, LGBTQ+ sexual health education, and issues faced by low-income LGBTQ+ individuals living with HIV. In the future, he hopes to train in Emergency Medicine and continue addressing LGBTQ+ health disparities through research and community advocacy.
Caroline Voyles, MPH
Past Student Chair, Philadelphia, PA
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Caroline is a PhD student within the department of Community Health & Prevention at Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has spent much of her academic and professional career since 2007 focused on LGBTQ health, including working as the LGBTQ Program Coordinator at a youth-serving non-profit organization in New England. She is passionate about social inclusion and human rights relevant to sexual and gender minority populations and her research currently focuses on participation in athletics among these groups. Caroline received her Master of Public Health degree from Dornsife in 2015, having concentrated in Community Health & Prevention. Caroline also is the Director of Student Placement & Partnership Development at Dornsife, and in this role connects students to experiential learning opportunities in the Philadelphia region and beyond. Prior to Drexel, Caroline received her B.A. in both Psychology and Russian Language & Culture at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
Justin (pronouns: they/he) is from Antonito, a small town in southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley. Their areas of interest are health equity, Latina/o/x health, LGBTQIA+ health, community building, social determinants of health, and community-based participatory research. Over the years, Justin has worked to advance health equity by building power through policy advocacy at local, state, and national levels. Justin formerly served as policy co-chair to the New Mexico Public Health Association. They reside in rural northern New Mexico on the Río Grande with their husband and plenty of chickens.
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Heather holds a Doctorate in Health Education from Southern Illinois University. Her research focuses on transgender health, women’s health, mental health, and sexual health. Heather earned her Master of Public Health with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Policy from University of Missouri. She also received a Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Missouri. Heather is currently a veteran outreach coordinator for Land of Lincoln Legal Aid.
About the Caucus
Since its founding in 1975, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Caucus has been an association of public health professionals committed to furthering LGBTQ issues within the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the field of public health at large. For more information about the LGBTQ Health Caucus, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.
Heather Tillewein, Communications Chair