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Lecture: Stress, Stigma, and Sexual Minority Health

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

Today's lecture is entitled, "Stress, Stigma, and Sexual Minority Health: The Intersectional Ecology Model of Sexual Minority Health" and will be presented by Michael Mink.

Heteronormative environments produce elevated stress and unique stressors for sexual minorities, which increase the risk for a number of negative health behaviors and outcomes. In 2011, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a seminal report that detailed health disparities experienced by LGBT people and called for a comprehensive approach to sexual minority health research. In response to this report, the Intersectional Ecology Model of Sexual Minority Health (IEM) was designed to measure, explore, explain, and predict the impact of sexual minority status on health outcomes. It interposes the stress cycle within the social context, reflecting how the relentless hyper-vigilance of sexual minorities in a heteronormative society increases negative health risks for these groups. This presentation explains the elements of this model and explores practical applications for health professionals.

Biography: Dr. Michael D. Mink is a public health educator, scholar, and community health advocate with more than 25 years of experience working in academic, government, and community-based organizations to promote policies and programs that encourage holistic wellness. He is currently an Associate Professor of Public Health at Southern Connecticut State University where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in health promotion, program planning, and public health management. His research focuses on food marketing, sexual minority health, violence and drug use. His research has been featured in over 150 news outlets in 17 countries and recognized by the National Rural Health Association, the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, the South Carolina Public Health Association, and the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.


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