CHPIR would like to thank everyone who attended our Inaugural Duke Sexual and Gender Minority Health Symposium! The two days of events featured keynote speakers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and panelists from Duke University, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the Durham community, and was also the official launch of the Duke Sexual and Gender Minority Health Program (DSGMHP).
The vision for the DSGMHP is to transform research and healthcare for millions of sexual and gender minority individuals—that is, members of the LGBTQIA+ community—and to become the leader in research, patient care, education and policy for sexual and gender minority health in the Southern U.S. and the Global South. The DSGMHP will draw on, and attract, talent from across the university to work with interdisciplinary teams to understand health needs and rethink health care for this vulnerable population.
With its strong history of cross-campus collaboration, healthcare integration and innovation, Duke University is uniquely poised to successfully develop and implement this program. Duke is the only medical school in the southern states with a child and adolescent gender clinic, an adult gender clinic, a sexual and gender minorities primary care clinic, a top public policy school and global health institute.
Leading sexual and gender minority health scholars across Duke University include clinical researchers in the four largest departments in the School of Medicine—medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry and surgery—as well as dermatology, family medicine and community health, nursing, obstetrics and gynecology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech pathology and others. In addition, the university is home to excellent sexual and gender minority researchers in other academic departments and institutes and centers. Kathryn Whetten, director of CHPIR, and Sara LeGrand, associate research professor in the Duke Global Health Institute, are leading the initiative.
Check out some photos of the symposium below (captured by Dr. Hy Huynh):