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Garden State Equality LGBTQ Health Disparities Symposium



CE Hours:

5 Social Work Social & Cultural Competence 

5 CHES, MCHES, or NJ Public Health


The goal of this symposium is to share outcomes of the Asbury Park LGBTQ Patient Advocacy Project and to act as call to action for healthcare reform for New Jersey LGBTQ health equity.

A group of experts have been assembled to speak on a variety of related topics, including: LGBTQ specific healthcare disparities and best practices for incorporating LGBTQ health into healthcare practice; how sexual orientation and gender identity impacts the aging process; the results of a research study on the need for an LGBTQ Health Center in the Asbury Park area of New Jersey; and the Healthy Sexual program.

Speakers include:

  • Belinda Anderson, Ph.D., Director of The Institute for Health and Wellness, Monmouth University
  • Carolyn Bradley, Ph.D., LCSW, LCADC, Associate Professor, MSW Program Director, Monmouth University School of Social Work 
  • Ann Dey, Ph.D., Senior Research Program Manager, HIV Prevention Community Planning Support and Development (HPCPSDI), Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
  • Jennifer Dunkle, Ph.D., MSW, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Stockton University
  • Marina Leonardos, PA-C, HIV Prevention Medical Scientist, Gilead Sciences
  • Bianca Chanel Mayes, MPH, CHES Health & Wellness Coordinator, Garden State Equality

Perry N. Halkitis Ph.D., MS, MPH, Dean and Professor, Rutgers School of Public Health

For three decades, Dr. Halkitis’ program of research has examined the intersection between HIV, HPV and other STIs, drug abuse, and mental health burden, with regard to the biological, behavioral, psychosocial, and structural factors that predispose these and other health disparities in the LGBTQ population and the translation of this knowledge to implementation science research that examines the effectiveness of integrating biomedical and behavioral approaches with counseling and empowerment paradigms in order to prevent these disparities. Throughout his career, Dr. Halkitis has been on the forefront of fighting for the rights of those infected with and affected by HIV, as well as being an outspoken advocate for the rights and health of the LGBTQ population.

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