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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.
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Casper (he/him) is a PhD Candidate within the department of Community Health & Prevention at Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has spent much of their 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. He is passionate about social inclusion and human rights relevant to sexual and gender minority populations, supporting opportunities to engage in spaces for work and play. Casper's research currently focuses on participation in athletics among these groups. He has received his Master of Public Health degree from Dornsife in 2015, having concentrated in Community Health & Prevention. Prior to Drexel, Caroline received their B.A. in both Psychology and Russian Language & Culture at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
Adam is the 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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Kristen D. Krause, PhD, MPH (she/her/hers), is an instructor of urban health in the Department of Urban-Global Public Health and the deputy director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior, and Prevention Studies at the School of Public Health. She has expertise in HIV/AIDS, aging, resilience, vaccine sentiments, 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-positive 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. .
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Gilbert Gonzales, PhD, MHA, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Health & Society, the Department of Health Policy, and the Program for Public Policy Studies at Vanderbilt University. Professor Gonzales’ research examines how public policies affect health outcomes, access to care, and health disparities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations. He also studies the role of health care reforms on vulnerable populations. His research has appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, Pediatrics, JAMA, Health Affairs, The Milbank Quarterly, and the New England Journal of Medicine. Professor Gonzales teaches courses in health policy and research methods to undergraduate students at Vanderbilt. He also mentors undergraduate, graduate, and medical students interested in health equity research. In 2016, he was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Research on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for his research on LGBT health at Vanderbilt University.
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Aurora Sullivan, MPH (She/Her) currently serves as an adjunct professor at Stetson University in Deland, Florida. She received her master’s in Public Health from Bethune-Cookman University with a focus in Health Equity. Her professional work and interests lie in equity with a focus on the Social Determinants of Health. Aurora currently teaches in the Public Health Department of Stetson University and is developing a course on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health, as well. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Stetson University which allows her to bring a deep intersection of health, humanities, and culture to her work.
Heather Tillewein is a Harvard Fellow and a Fellow for the California Institute of Integral Studies. Dr. Tillewein also is the Director of Special Editions and Associate Editor for the HPHR Journal. She is serving her second term as Communication’s Chair for the LGBTQ Health Caucus for the American Public Health Association. Dr. Tillewein also serves on the executive committee and on the policy committee for the LGBTQ Health Caucus. She holds a PhD in Health Education from Southern Illinois University. Dr. Tillewein also has earned her MPH and BSHS from the University of Missouri. Currently, Dr. Tillewein works as an Associate Professor and Program Director for the Undergraduate Public Health program at Southern Illinois University. Her research focuses on health barriers among marginalized sexual identity and gender identity populations. Dr.Tillewein also focuses on sexual health and mental health in her research.
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Christina (she/her) has worked in Sexual and Gender Minority Health since 2011. A career public servant, Christina is currently a Health Science Policy Analyst for NIH’s Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office focusing on data and measurement issues. Previously, she worked to protect worker safety and health with OSHA on COVID-19. She has also worked on Sexual and Gender Minority health, data, and research for Medicare and the CDC. She holds a Masters’ Degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a double major from Smith College in Neuroscience and Woman and Gender Studies. She has been involved with APHA’s LGBTQ Health Caucus and serving on the board since 2012. In her free time she reads, runs marathons, and entertains her hound dog.
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Pedro Alonso Serrano, MPH, CPH, is an Adjunct Lecturer appointed to the Department of Preventive Medicine - Division of Public Health Practice at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL. He currently teaches in the Program in Public Health, as well as the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation.
Pedro is also a Community Senior Fellow with the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities, a program of the Center for Community Health, which serves both the Institute for Public Health and Medicine, and the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, where he sits on the Community Advisory Council. Pedro is also a Public Health Preceptor for MPH candidates at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.
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April J. Ancheta is a PhD in Nursing student at Columbia University and an NIH/NINR Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Research Fellow. April’s research interest is in bullying and weight-related health disparities among sexual minority adolescents (i.e., those who identify as gay/lesbian, bisexual, or are unsure of their sexual identity). April is particularly interested in the impacts of LGBTQ positive school climate and state-level policies that impact adolescent school experiences. Additionally, April also has experience in school-based intervention development and pilot testing, incorporating mindfulness-based practices to improve sleep hygiene among urban adolescents. She previously served as Section Liaison and National Student Meeting Committee Chair for APHA’s Student Assembly. In her free time April enjoys listening to queer pop music and creative writing.
About the Caucus
Since its founding in 1975, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Health 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.
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