Intersectionality Matters for LGBTQ Health

Thursday, February 28, 2019
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
CHS CHS 104 Chase Auditorium
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Distinguished Visitors-Anthro-Health Studies

Distinguished Visitor Madina Agénor, Gerald R. Gill Assistant Professor of Race, Culture, and Society, Department of Community Health at Tufts University School of Medicine

Although research on the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) populations has increased in recent years, few studies have investigated how inequities related to race/ethnicity and socioeconomic position, among other factors, affect the health and health care outcomes of LGBTQ individuals from multiple marginalized social groups. After providing an overview of intersectionality in historical context, Dr. Agénor will show why it is critically important to apply this interdisciplinary analytic tool to the study of LGBTQ health in order to not only advance health and well-being in the LGBTQ population overall but also among those who experience multiple forms of discrimination and marginalization.

As a social epidemiologist and health services researcher, Dr. Agénor investigates health and health care inequities in relation to various dimensions of social inequality – especially sexual orientation, gender identity, and race/ethnicity – using an intersectional lens. In particular, her research seeks to elucidate the social and policy determinants of sexual and reproductive health and cancer screening and prevention among socially and economically marginalized populations, especially women and girls of color, sexual minority women and girls, transgender and non-binary individuals, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people of color. Dr. Agénor's research has been published in leading public health and medical journals, including American Journal of Public Health, Social Science & Medicine, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and Annals of Internal Medicine. Prior to joining the Tufts faculty, Dr. Agénor was Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Lecturer in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University, and a Cancer Prevention Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She holds a Doctor of Science (ScD) in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and a bachelor’s degree (AB, magna cum laude with Honors) in Community Health and Gender Studies from Brown University. Dr. Agénor is also a Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University, adjunct faculty at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and The Fenway Institute, and Director of the Sexual Health and Reproductive Experiences (SHARE) Lab at Tufts University. 

Tea at 4:15 p.m.

Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, and the Health Studies Program in conjunction with the Distinguished Visitors Program

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