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LGBTQ Working Group

The LGBTQ Public Health Working Group at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) seeks to advance training, science, research and community collaboration with regard to the health and health disparities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) populations.

The Working Group consists of JHSPH faculty, staff, students and alumni who are committed to making JHSPH a leader in LGBTQ public health by expanding knowledge on LGBTQ public health issues and encouraging networking among those interested in LGBTQ health. The Working Group operates within a larger framework addressing social determinants of health, reducing health disparities and enhancing health equity.

The Working Group meets monthly and welcomes new members who share our commitment to addressing and improving LGBTQ health status and health equity locally, nationally and internationally. If you would like to be added to the LGBTQ Working Group listserv to receive alerts and invitations about our regular meetings, please contact John Mark Wiginton.

Our efforts at the Bloomberg School include curriculum development, sponsoring academic events and creating opportunities for professional networking. One specific goal is the creation of a certificate in LGBTQ public health, which is under construction at this time. As part of this effort, the Working Group has supported the development of four new courses, which will form the nucleus of the LGBTQ public health certificate:

News and Events

October 6, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

Event Flyer for Black LGBT Health Panel

Our Speaker Series brings leading LGBTQ health researchers and practitioners to JHSPH. 

Ilan Meyer, PhD
Minority Stress and the Health of Sexual and Gender Minorities: Challenges and Innovations in Population Studies – April 4, 2017 
Location and Time TBD
Lunch will be provided.

We host an ongoing LGBTQ Health Film Series that is open to students, faculty and staff from the Schools of Public Health, Nursing, Medicine and the larger Homewood campus, as well as the general public. Films that address LGBTQ-relevant issues are screened and usually followed by a post-screening discussion by invited panelists from within and outside the Hopkins community and moderated by Hopkins Faculty. 

Check It – February 28, 2017
3:30-5:30 p.m. 
Wolfe Street Building, Room W3008
Dinner will be provided.

Kiki – Date in April TBD 
Time and Location TBD
Dinner will be provided.

The Working Group organizes an annual Research Retreat, which is designed to connect faculty, staff and students engaged in LGBTQ health-related research, to provide an opportunity for them to showcase their work, and to publicize the availability of relevant datasets. 

April 14, 2017
12:00-4:00 p.m. 
Wolfe Street Building, Room W1030
Lunch will be provided.

The LGBTQ Working Group, in collaboration with SOURCE, invites you to our annual "Meet, Greet and Come Out" networking event. This event provides an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to meet with representatives from organizations in the Baltimore area that are working with the LGBTQ community. Have lunch with some of the leading community-based organizations in LGBTQ health, and discuss opportunities for practicums, capstones, volunteer work or even future jobs! 

Monday, Oct. 10, 2016
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Wolfe Street Building
Anna Baetjer Room, W1030


Working Group Membership Roster

The working group includes a range of LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ faculty, staff and students engaged in and supportive of further research and scholarship on LGBTQ health. The Working Group student coordinator is John Mark Wiginton.

Faculty and Staff

Chris Beyrer
Desmond M. Tutu Professor in Public Health and Human Rights
Appointments in the Departments of Epidemiology, International Health, Health, Behavior and Society, and the School of Nursing
Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health and Human Rights
Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research (JHU CFAR)

Danielle German
Co-Director, MHS program in Social Factors
Assistant Professor, Health, Behavior and Society

David Jernigan
Director, Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth
Associate Professor, Health, Behavior and Society

Michelle Kaufman
Assistant Professor, Health, Behavior and Society

Renee Johnson
Deputy Director, Drug Dependence Epidemiology Training Program
Assistant Professor, Mental Health

Brandyn Lau
Instructor, Surgery and Health Sciences Informatics

Errol Field
Assistant Professor, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, JHU School of Medicine
Department of Health Behavior and Society, JHSPH

Tonia Poteat
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

Renata Arrington Sanders
Assistant Professor, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Joanne Rosen
Director, Clinic for Public Health Law and Policy
Associate Lecturer, Health Policy and Management

Demere Woolway
Director of LGBTQ Life, Homewood Campus

Trang Nguyen
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Drug Dependence Epidemiology Training program, Department of Mental Health


John Mark Wiginton, Doctoral candidate, Health, Behavior and Society, LGBTQ Working Group Student coordinator

Anna Flynn, Doctoral candidate, Mental Health

Cory Bradley, Doctoral candidate, Health, Behavior and Society

Yuru Huang, Master of Health Science candidate, Infectious Diseases

Alden Lai, Doctoral candidate, Health Policy and Management