2020 UT Pride Health Pop-Up


Creating Inclusivity and Improving Outcomes for Sexual and Gender-Diverse People

This Pop-Up Institute will apply a health equity lens to ask novel research questions, develop community-led interventions, and lay the groundwork for the creation of a comprehensive care center at UT Austin for sexual and gender-diverse (SGD) people in central Texas.

Our health and wellness are particularly affected by the intersecting social, political, and economic environments in which we live. Texans who identify as sexual or gender diverse report higher rates of discrimination and less access to quality, culturally competent healthcare, and have higher rates of serious medical and mental health problems such as cardiovascular disease and severe depression. Health disparities in this community are exaggerated amongst racial minorities. This Pop-Up will convene a multidisciplinary collaborative of researchers, healthcare providers, and community partners to investigate how sexual health, mental health, minority stress, and substance use contribute to health disparities in the SGD community.

Pop-Up Institute Leader

  • Aliza Norwood Aliza Norwood, MDAssistant Professor, Department of Population Health, Dell Medical School

Principal Team

  • Laura BrownLaura Brown, PhDPostdoctoral Fellow, Center for Health Communication, Moody College of Communication
  • Erica CiszekErica Ciszek, PhDAssistant Professor, School of Advertising & Public Relations, Moody College of Communication
  • Kasey ClabornKasey Claborn, PhDAssistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Dell Medical School
  • Oralia LozaOralia Loza, PhDAssociate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
  • Michael MackertMichael Mackert, PhDDirector, Center for Health Communication; Professor, School of Advertising & Public Relations, Moody College of Communication
  • Maria MongeMaria Monge, MDAssistant Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Dell Medical School
  • Jewel MullenJewel Mullen, MD, MPHAssociate Professor, Departments of Population Health and Internal Medicine; Associate Dean for Health Equity, Dell Medical School
  • Michael ParentMichael Parent, PhDAssistant Professor, Counseling Psychology, Department of Educational Psychology; Director, Gender, Sexuality, and Behavioral Health Lab, College of Education
  • Lynn RewLynn Rew, EdD, RN, AHN-BC, FAANDenton & Louise Cooley and Family Centennial Professor in Nursing, School of Nursing
  • Stephen RussellStephen Russell, PhDDepartment Chair, Department Human Development and Family Sciences, College of Natural Sciences; Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts; Director, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Health and Rights Laboratory
  • René SalazarRené Salazar, MDProfessor, Departments of Medical Education and Internal Medicine; Assistant Dean for Diversity, Dell Medical School
  • Phillip SchnarrsPhillip Schnarrs, PhDAssociate Professor, Department of Population Health, Dell Medical School
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