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The 2nd Annual Symposium on Action for Sexual and Gender Minority Health

Thursday, April 11, 2024

11:30 AM-4:30 PM

Please join the QuIEHR Working Group for this hybrid symposium to learn about the biopsychosocial determinants of sexual and gender minority health (SGM). Panelists bring expertise in SGM aging, cardiovascular health, intersectional stigma, mental health, and minority stress.

Those who can’t attend for the full day are welcome to join to hear the keynote speech at 3:30.

The Queer Inclusion, Equity, Health, & Rights (QuIEHR) working group comprises Drexel community members and community partners engaging in research, education, training, practice, and advocacy related to public health, medicine, human rights, and social inclusion for SGM populations.

Welcome: 11:30-11:45 am EST

Dr. Stephanie Hernandez, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University

Panel 1: 11:45 am - 12:45 pm EST

  • Nathaniel Tran, PhD Candidate, Department of Health Policy, Vanderbilt University
  • Dr. Harry Barbee, Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
  • Dr. Ado Rivera, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Kaiser Permanente

Panel 2: 1:00 - 2:00 pm EST

  • Dr. Aura Ankita Mishra, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, North Carolina State University
  • Dr. Casey Xavier Hall, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Florida State University
  • Dr. Eric Layland, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, College of Education & Human Development, University of Delaware 

Keynote Speaker: 3:30 - 4:30 pm EST

Lauren Beach, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Social Sciences and Department of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Reception: 4:45 - 5:45 pm

The symposium is open to the Drexel community and the Public. Registration is required. Lunch will be provided for in-person attendees and a reception will follow the keynote.

Learn more about the symposium


In-person attendees who would like to reserve a lunch should register no later than Friday, April 5th.

About Our Keynote Speaker

Lauren B. Beach, JD/PhD (they/them) is Assistant Professor within the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. They are also Director of the ADVOCATE SGM Health Program within Northwestern’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing.

Scientifically, Dr. Beach investigates the epidemiology of chronic physical health conditions over the life course among diverse SGM populations and people with HIV. They also study how multilevel health and identity related stigmas and resilience promoting factors affect chronic condition management and health outcomes of minoritized populations. Finally, they study the measurement of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Dr. Beach is active in community led, evidence informed advocacy efforts to promote LGBTQIA+ health equity. In particular, they are nationally active in bisexual health policy leadership circles and have spoken at the White House, CDC, and NIH to present recommendations for improving bisexual health. You can follow them on Twitter/X @laurenbbeach.

Contact Information

Stephanie Hernandez

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Nesbitt Hall, Room 132 & Online via Zoom


  • Everyone
  • Undergraduate Students
  • Graduate Students
  • Prospective Students
  • LGBTQA Community
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Alumni