The LGBT Health & Development Program

Chicago Conference 2014

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Conference Overview and Agenda
Keynote and Plenary Speakers

Conference Overview and Agenda

The 3rd Annual Chicago LGBTQ Health and Wellness Conference was held at the Center on Halsted on Friday, October 10, 2014, and co-organized by the Sexual Orientation and Gender Institute (SOGI) at Center on Halsted and the IMPACT Program at Northwestern University. The purpose of the conference was to foster the application of research into practice by providing a forum for: (a) disseminating LGBTQ health research, (b) promoting the professional development of student scientists and practitioners, and (c) engaging in transdisciplinary inquiry and networking opportunities.

Guided by the theme, Bridging Research and Practice, this year’s conference hosted leading researchers, scholars, and health professionals from across the Midwest and continued our robust dialogue on the interrelationships among science, service, and health. Presenters explored LGBTQ health from a translational research perspective, that is, as how researchers and practitioners “translate” basic research findings into health services to yield meaningful health outcomes.

Visit the post-event summary for a description of the day’s activities, or download the full 2014 conference agenda.

Keynote and Plenary Speakers

Headshot of David Purcell, JD, PhDKeynote Speaker
David W. Purcell, J.D., Ph.D., is the Deputy Director for Behavioral and Social Science of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. He focuses on the implementation and evaluation of high impact prevention and oversees four branches that focus on behavioral research, communications, national evaluation of HIV programs, and statistics and resource allocation and prevention effectiveness modeling. From 2007 to 2012, Dr. Purcell was chief of the Prevention Research Branch. He also was responsible for overseeing the development of the funding announcements for both the ECHPP (2010) and the CAPUS (2012) demonstration projects. Dr. Purcell started work as a behavioral scientist in 1996 at the CDC, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Prevention Research Branch. Coinciding with the advent of HAART, he initially conducted research on some of CDC’s first behavioral prevention projects with HIV-positive persons, and he specifically focused on projects with gay and bisexual men and injection drug users. Prior to his work in public health, Dr. Purcell was a practicing attorney in Atlanta for three years.

Headshot of Dr. Kathleen SikkemaPlenary Speaker
Kathleen J. Sikkema, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Global Health, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University, is a clinical psychologist with emphases in health and community psychology. She is the Director of the Clinical Psychology Program at Duke, Director of the Social and Behavioral Science Core in Duke’s Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), Director of Global Mental Health and Director of Doctoral Studies at the Duke Global Health Institute. Dr. Sikkema, an expert in randomized, controlled HIV prevention and mental health intervention trials, has been supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for nearly 25 years. Sikkema’s intervention programs have been recognized by the CDC as “best evidence interventions” as well as NREPP (National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices). A primary focus of her research is the development of HIV-related mental health interventions to assist persons living with HIV who are coping with stressors such as traumatic stress due to childhood sexual abuse and newly diagnosed MSM, and she has expertise in community-level intervention trials and university-community collaboration.



Platinum Sponsors:  American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; The Graduate School (TGS) at Northwestern University

Gold Sponsors:  The Adler School of Professional Psychology; Home Access Health; Northwestern Memorial Healthcare; Northwestern University HIV Translational Research Center; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine – Institute for Public Health and Medicine

Silver Sponsors: AIDS Foundation of Chicago; Center for Community Health at Northwestern University; Sexualities Project at Northwestern

Bronze Sponsors:  The Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health at The University of Chicago; Chicago Department of Public Health; Chicago Developmental Center for AIDS Research; Chicago State University – HIV/AIDS Research and Policy Institute; The Family Institute at Northwestern University; Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University; IntraSpectrum Counseling;  RUSH Center on Excellence in Disparities in HIV & Aging; Vida/SIDA

Visit our Chicago Conference 2013 page for a recap of last year’s event.

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