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Conference on Current Issues in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Health Research

Swagata Banik (sbanik@bw.edu)

Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 5:00 PM - Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

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In 2011, the Institute of Medicine had issued a report highlighting the current state of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) health research and outlined priorities that will shape the future of LGBT health research. The conference will be an opportunity for community members and researchers to discuss the findings of the report and to discuss future needs.

The conference will bring together researchers and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) community members for the purpose of raising the visibility of LGBTI health issues and research priorities. Speakers and participants will discuss the research needs facing LGBTI populations and develop an agenda that can guide research, and learn more about the activities that are shaping LGBTI health research and training.

Additionally, the conference will be able to provide students and early career researchers with opportunities to learn more about LGBTI health research and to network with existing researchers and learn of opportunities for training in LGBTI health research.

Baldwin Wallace University

Situated 20 minutes south of Cleveland, Baldwin Wallace is located in Berea, Ohio. Whether you're coming from the east, the west or the south, BW is easy to find. The campus is 10 minutes south of Cleveland Hopkins airport and 10 minutes from Ohio Turnpike.




Conference Background

A recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report outlined the need for additional research in regards to the health issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTI) people. Read report.

The report outlined much of what is already known concerning LGBTI health and identified areas in need of greater research. The report’s recommendations focused on the need for a research agenda to advance knowledge and understanding of LGBTI health.

Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), had expressed an intense need to identify gaps in LGBTI health research and has expressed strong commitment to identify approaches to address these gaps, and mainstreaming LGBTI health research. Read report. The support of NIH in promoting LGBTI health research is needed as there is still little information available regarding the health of LGBTI people.

The goals of the conference are to provide information to help students, medical professionals, and researchers with greater knowledge regarding LGBTI health research. The conference will:

  • Provide a forum to discuss LGBTI health research and how to further enable LGBTI health research activities.
  • Identify progress, challenges, and opportunities for future research and approaches to mainstream LGBTI health research.
  • Enable early career researchers and students to network with moreestablished LGBT health researchers and to learn of opportunities regarding LGBTI health research training.


Certficates of Completion

Certificates of completion will be made available to those who want formal recognition for their participation.


Proposed Schedule

Thursday Evening
Reception at MetroHealth Atrium Keynote: Akram Boutros, MD CEO MetroHealth

Friday Morning
Morning session: Working breakfast
8:00-9:30: Keynote address: Eli Colemen, PhD is professor and Chair in Sexual Health at the University of Minnesota, Dept of Family Medicine and Community Health

9:30-11:00am: Translating Research into Policy and Health Interventions.
The session will discuss how LGBTI Health Research Findings are helping reduce health disparities.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain how clinicians and others are using LGBTI health research in practice. 
  2. Examine how LGBTI health information is being used in policy making 
  3. Develop opportunities to bring together research and practice.


  • Kellan Baker, Associate Director of the LGBTI Research and Communications Project at American Progress

  • Walter Bockting, PhD, Professor of Medical Psychology at Columbia University, Co-Director, LGBT Health Initiative, Division of Gender, Sexuality, & Health, NYS Psychiatric Institute

  • Vivek Anand, MBA, Executive Director, HUmsafar Trust, Mumbai, India


LGBTI Health: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data at Population and Clinical Levels

The session will examine the issues regarding the current practice and future recommendations of gender identity and sexual orientation issues within clinical and population settings. In addition, specific issues regarding transgender and intersex concerns will also be addressed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the experiences regarding health data collection activities in terms of sexual orientation and gender identity expression.

  2. Recommend best practices regarding inclusive health measures within population and clinical settings.

  3. Understand the social, clinical, and methodological issues toward the inclusion of inclusive health measures within data collection.

  4. Social and clinical challenges for intersex populations.


  • Joanne Keatley, MSW Director of the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, UCSF

  • Harvey Makadan, MD, Director of the National LGBT Health Education Center, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

  • Jody Herman, PhD, Manager of Transgender Research, Peter J. Cooper Public Policy Fellow, Williams Institute, UCLA

  • Karen Walsh, Speaker and Intersex Activist

Lunch Keynote: (historical perspective around LGBTI health research)
Anthony Silvestre, PhD, Professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Co-Director of the Center for LGBTI Wellness and of the School’s Certificate Program in LGBTI Health

2:00-4:00pm: LGBTI Health Training
The session will examine how LGBTI health research is being supported within academic and related environments. Students and new investigators will be able to interact with established researchers and discuss how to navigate through Universities/Colleges and establish a career in LGBTI health research.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine how LGBTI health research is being addressed within undergraduate and graduate programs.
  2. Discuss the experiences faced by students and new investigators interested in LGBTI health research.
  3. Formulate new opportunities for students and new investigators interested in LGBTI health research.


  • Ronald D. Stall, Ph.D., M.P.H. Director of the Center for LGBT Health Research, Dept. of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

  • Brian Dodge, PhD Indiana University, Bloomington, School of Public Health


Society for the Study of Sexuality Special Session

NIH Grantsmanship and NIMHD Research Program Overview

Francisco Sy, MD, DrPH, Director, Office of Community-Based Participatory Research and Collaboration, NIH/National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)

HIV among Trans-Female Youth: What We Now Know and Directions for Research and Prevention

Erin Wilson, PhD- former NIMHD LRP recipient and Research Scientist, AIDS Office, San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Saturday Morning

9:30am-12:30pm: The Impact of the Institute of Medicine Report on LGBTI Health Research.
In 2011, the Institute of Medicine (the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences) was asked by NIH to evaluate current knowledge of the health status of LGBT populations; to identify research gaps and opportunities; and to outline a research agenda to help NIH focus its research in this area. The session will provide a summary of the report’s conclusions and how it is being used to change the National LGBTI Health Research Agenda. Researchers, NIH staff, and Community members will have an opportunity to discuss their perspective of the report. See research. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the conclusions of the IOM Report. 
  2. The summary of the listening sessions of NIH Discuss the changes that were implemented by Federal agencies as a result of the report. 
  3. Evaluate the LGBTI research supported by the National Institutes of Health.


  • Walter Bockting, PhD, Professor of Medical Psychology at Columbia University, Co-Director, LGBTI Health Initiative, Division of Gender, Sexuality, & Health, NYS Psychiatric Institute

  • Judith Bradford, PhD Director, Center for Population Research in LGBTI Health, Fenway Institute

  • Rashada C. Alexander, PhD, Health Science Policy Analyst, National Institutes of Health

  • Phillis Harris, MA Executive Director Cleveland LGBTI center

  • Jacob Nash, Independent Diversity Trainer and Consultant

  • Alana Jochum, JD. NE Ohio Regional Coordinator Equality Ohio


12:30-2:00pm  LGBT Health and Human Rights in International settings


  • Daniel Armando Calderón, BA, Representante :Fraternity without Borders" fraternidad sin fronteras, Columbia.

  • Wendy Castillo State rep for Emules, BA : Safe space for Lesbian women, El Salvador Hernan

  • Alejandro Rodriguez, LLB, Associate : Office of sexual diversity, Bogotá DC, Columbia

  • Vivek Anand, MBA, Executive Director, HUmsafar Trust, Mumbai, India



Gold Medal Sponsors:
Baldwin Wallace University
Cleveland State University
MetroHealth Medical Center

Silver Medal Sponsors:
Indiana University
Center for Reducing Health Disparities at Case Western Reserve University

Bronze Medal Sponsor:

Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality


Have questions about Conference on Current Issues in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Health Research? Contact Swagata Banik (sbanik@bw.edu)

When & Where

Baldwin Wallace University
Center for Innovation & Growth (CIG)
340 Front Street
Berea, OH 44017

Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 5:00 PM - Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

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Swagata Banik (sbanik@bw.edu)

Swagata Banik is an Associate Professor in Public Health at Baldwin Wallace University. He serves as the Chair of the Department of Public Health as well as the Director of the Center for Health Disparities Research& Education (CHDRE) at Baldwin Wallace University. Swagata’s research deals with HIV/AIDS prevention, LGBT health disparities and community based participatory research (CBPR) to addressing substance abuse among vulnerable population. Swagata’s current NIH- funded study proposes to develop a cognitive-behavioral intervention to reduce transphobia and HIV stigma among health care providers in India. He has published several research articles, book chapters, and has presented in numerous national and international conferences.

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