March 29, 2013

Sixteen Community Leaders Appointed to Chicago LGBT Health Advisory Council

Council to Provide Insight and Input to Department of Public Health on Implementation of LGBT Action Plan

Chicago – Sixteen community leaders were appointed to the new Chicago Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health Advisory Council by Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) Commissioner Bechara Choucair, M.D. The new council is tasked with providing insight and input for city leaders determining policy affecting the health and well-being of Chicago’s LGBT population. Specifically, the Council will aid CDPH implement the city’s LGBT Health Action Plan, which was launched by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2012 and outlines 22 specific strategies to improve the overall health of Chicago’s LGBT community.

“Chicago’s LGBT community leads the nation in so many important ways,” said Dr. Choucair. “With this new Council providing insight, support and expertise, I am confident Chicago will soon lead the nation in LGBT health innovation and activism.”

This announcement was timed to coincide with National LGBT Health Awareness Week, which is a week dedicated to promoting LGBT Health and Wellness nationwide.

"Chicago's strength is in the diversity of its communities, and I am committed to ensuring that all Chicagoans have access to the care and information they need to live healthy lives and contribute fully to the vibrancy of our city,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “This advisory council will lend important insight and knowledge to our efforts.”

The appointees represent the experience and diversity found in Chicago’s LGBT community and include medical doctors, mental health practitioners, professors, a nationally recognized tobacco researcher, an anti-obesity activist, a personal trainer and a long-time transgender activist who participated in the 1969 Stonewall uprising. Coming from all parts of the city, the sixteen members were selected from a pool of more than forty qualified applicants and following recommendations from a selection committee. The LGBT Health Advisory Council Appointees are as follows:   

  • Gloria Allen – LGBT Senior Activist and Volunteer, Center on Halsted
  • Hope Barrett, MPH – Deputy Director, Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children; Board Member, LGBT Aging Issues Network
  • Román Buenrostro – Director of Special Projects, AIDS Foundation of Chicago
  • Owen Daniel-McCarter, Esq. – Practicing Attorney and Founder, Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois
  • Kelly Ducheny, Psy.D. –Psychologist and Director, Behavioral Health Services at Howard Brown Health Center
  • Kim Hunt, MPP – Executive Director, Affinity Community Services; Instructor, Harris School for Public Policy, University of Chicago
  • Travis Gayles, M.D./Ph.D. – Pediatrician, Clinical Instructor and Research Fellow at the Center for Gender, Sexuality and HIV Prevention at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Anthony Gonzalez – Plus Training Fitness Professional at David Barton Gym
  • Manuel Hernández, M.D./MBA – Principal, Cannon Design; Fellow, American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Poj Lysouvakon, M.D. – Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Director, General Care Nursery, University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital
  • Alicia Matthews, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing; research focused on tobacco use in LGBT communities
  • Brian Mustanski, Ph.D. – Associate Professor and Director, IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program, Northwestern University
  • Kevin Osten, Psy.D. – Psychologist, Core Faculty and Director, LGBTQ Mental Health and Inclusion Center at Adler School of Professional Psychology
  • Steven Karl Rosemurgy – Board Chair, Heartland International Health Center
  • Modesto Valle – CEO, Center on Halsted
  • Serena Worthington – Director of Community Advocacy and Capacity Building, SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders)

Council members are appointed for either one or two year terms, renewable for one additional two-year term.

“The Council that has been assembled represents the best and brightest from across Chicago,” Dr. Choucair continued. “Together, we will make Chicago’s LGBT community the healthiest and strongest in the nation.”

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