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Invitation for Launch of Duke's SGM Health Program

On February 11th and 12th we will be launching the Duke Sexual and Gender Minority Health Program (DSGMHP). As part of this launch, we will hold a symposium on February 11th which will include an opportunity to meet with NIH officers Karen Parker and Tamara Lewis-Johnson to discuss projects aimed at improving Sexual and Gender Minority Health in the Southern US and Global South. As our colleagues, we are excited to invite you to attend this symposium.

The February 11th day-long symposium that will feature speakers discussing: SGM research needs from the NIH perspective; Duke and Research Triangle Area SGM Research; SGM Health Policy locally and globally; Clinical Best Practices; and a Town Hall for Triangle organizations and Duke practitioners, researchers and educators to discuss ways to better collaborate. The symposium will also feature a student poster session.

The Launch will continue the morning of Feb 12th, with NIH Officer Karen Parker giving Grand Rounds for clinicians and health researchers, followed by a patient panel. We want to emphasize our unique strength and abilities in understanding SGM wellbeing in the South US and Global South.

To date, the DSGMHP has had over 40 clinicians and researchers involved in envisioning and creating the program and we are looking to expand that number. It is our goal to bring together the many schools and disciplines across Duke's campus, as well as external organizations from North Carolina and beyond to create a community of passionate individuals working to improve SGM health locally and globally.


The symposium will span two days, beginning the morning of Tuesday, February 11th, and continuing the morning of the 12th.

Day 1: Penn Pavilion, Duke University

Morning Sessions - 8:30am - 12:00pm

8:30am - Registration
9:00am - Opening Remarks by Drs. Chris Plowe and Dean Judith Kelley
9:20am -  Presentation by Dr. Karen Parker, NIH
10:00am - Duke and Research Triangle Area SGM Research Panel
11:00am - Duke SGM Policy Panel

Lunch (Provided) - 12:15pm – 1:15pm

12:15pm - Networking
12:45pm - Presentation by Program Directors Drs. Whetten and LeGrand announcing the Duke Sexual and Gender Minority Health Program: Southern US and Global South

Afternoon Sessions

1:15pm - Clinical Best Practices Panel
3:00pm - Community Member Town Hall with Duke providers, researchers and educators
4:00pm - Reception and Poster Session

Day 2: Duke South Amphitheater, Duke Clinic

7:30am - Grand Rounds with NIH Officer Karen Parker
8:30am - Patient Panel
10:30am - Opportunity to meet with NIH Officers to discuss your upcoming SGM Health research projects

We strongly believe in this work, and in Duke's ability to become the leader of Sexual and Gender Minority Health in the Southern US and the Global South. We sincerely hope you are able to attend.

Please click here to RSVP.

Start Date
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
End Date
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Start Time
8:30 am
Penn Pavilion, Duke University and Duke South Amphitheater, Duke Clinic