Organized by Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, the Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology for Drug Abuse and HIV, Advocates for Youth, and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, with support from the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance. This 2.5 hr symposium gathered leaders in advocacy and research from community, academic, and federal levels to discuss the current state of research for LGBTQ youth health and wellbeing with a focus in schools and family systems. A portion of the symposium was dedicated to an open Q&A section lead by the panel presenters and ICAH youth leaders. 

Keynote SpeakerDr. David Purcell, JD, Ph.D., Deputy Director for Behavioral and Social Science, Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Panel Presenters:

  • Dr. Guillermo (Willy) Prado, Leonard M. Miller Professor of Public Health Sciences, Director of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health at the Miller School of Medicine, and Dean of the Graduate School, University of Miami
  • Dr. Dorothy Espelage, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of Florida.
  • Dr. Brian Mustanski, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, Professor of Medical Social Sciences, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University
  • Youth leaders from the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health