Center for Gender, Sexuality and HIV Prevention
The Gender, Sexuality and HIV Prevention Center at Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago examines a broad range of multidisciplinary academic subjects including sexual health, gender, sexuality, HIV prevention and health disparities affecting adolescent and young adult populations at risk of acquiring HIV. The Center works to make the lives of high-risk adolescent populations healthier through clinical care, education and evaluation as well as professional training, research and public health advocacy. These populations include but are not limited to homeless, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The Center strives to partner with like-minded organizations creating an environment where clinicians, academics and scientists can collaborate to design projects with public health significance.
The Center is grounded in the larger mission statement of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital to be a leader in:
1. Healthcare delivery
2. Research into prevention, cause and treatment of diseases
3. Education and training for health professionals
4. Advocacy for children and the well being of adolescents
Lurie Children's has been committed to academic work in the field of gender, sexuality and HIV prevention for more than a decade. We have provided clinical care, engaged in public health advocacy and conducted investigator-initiated research on health disparities affecting marginalized youth population. Our work at Lurie Children’s has focused on collecting primary data from previously understudied adolescent populations and translating this into novel HIV and sexuality-based prevention efforts.
The Center’s Director, Dr. Robert Garofalo, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is also an Attending Physician at Lurie Children’s, where he directs the Adolescent/Young Adult HIV Program. Dr. Garofalo is a national authority on LGBT health issues, adolescent sexuality, and HIV clinical care and prevention. He is the former past-President of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. In 2010, Dr. Garofalo served as a committee member for the National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health Issues and Research Gaps and Opportunities. Dr. Garofalo and the other faculty and staff of the Center share a commitment to clinical training, professional education and mentorship of trainees from multiple health professions to improve the health of marginalized adolescent and young adult populations.
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