Equal Care for Equal Lives: Agenda
Schedule of Events
*More speakers will annouced in the near future.
Brandon Hill, PhD
Brandon Hill is the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP), overseeing sexual and reproductive health care and advocacy in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. He holds a doctorate from the Departments of Gender Studies and Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University. Dr. Hill is also a research fellow at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. Prior to leading PPGP, Dr. Hill led the University of Chicago, Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3), where he and his team developed sexual and reproductive health interventions for urban adolescents of color, with a particular focus on sexual and gender minority youth of color.
Dr. Hill is also the project director for the Work2Prevent LGBTQ employment program through the National Institutes of Health Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions. He is a longtime LGBTQ health advocate and conducted some of the first-ever research supporting active-duty transgender military service members -- ultimately leading to changes in the policies excluding transgender people from military service.
Keynote speaker, Dr. Joycelyn Elders
Born to poor farming parents in 1933, Dr. Joycelyn Elders grew up in a rural, segregated, poverty-stricken pocket of Arkansas. She went on to become the first person in the state of Arkansas to become board certified in pediatric endocrinology, was the 16th Surgeon General of the United States and the first African-American and only the second woman to head the U.S. Public Health Service. Long an outspoken advocate of public health, Dr. Elders was appointed Surgeon General by President Clinton in 1993.
Dr. Elders left office in 1994 and in 1995 she returned to the University of Arkansas as a faculty researcher and professor of pediatric endocrinology at the Arkansas Children's Hospital. In 1996 she wrote her autobiography, "Joycelyn Elders, M.D.: From Sharecropper's Daughter to Surgeon General of the United States of America." Now retired from practice, she is a professor emeritus at the University of Arkansas School of Medicine, and remains active in public health education.
Alex Keuroghlian, MD, MPH
Alex Keuroghlian is the Director of Education and Training Programs at The Fenway Institute and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He directs the National LGBT Health Education Center, a HRSA-funded cooperative agreement to improve the health care of LGBT people in community health centers. Dr. Keuroghilan concurrently directs the Evidence-Informed Interventions Coordinating Center for Technical Assistance, also funded by HRSA. At Fenway, Dr. Keuroghlian also works as a clinical psychiatrist within the Behavioral Health Department and undertakes research at The Fenway Institute.