Rutgers School of Public Health dean, Dr. Perry N. Halkitis, has been appointed to the Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Advisory Commission, convened by Mayor Ras Baraka of Newark.
The Commission seeks to improve the health and well-being of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer or questioning) individuals in Newark and New Jersey through collaborative partnerships with scholars, community leaders, and industry members.
“The physical, social, and emotional heath of LGBTQ individuals continues to be challenged in the United States. Successful efforts must address all aspects of health and include the implementation of laws that provide LGBTQ individuals the same rights and protections as their heterosexual peers,” says Dr. Halkitis. “I am proud to support the efforts of Mayor Baraka, which are aligned with national initiatives charged to improve the health of LGBTQ individuals and communities.”
Dr. Halkitis also sits on New Jersey’s “End AIDS Epidemic Committee,” which was announced by Governor Phil Murphey in December of 2018.
“I am proud to join Mayor Baraka and Governor Murphy in their steadfast commitment to ending the HIV epidemic in New Jersey,” says Dr. Halkitis, who is also the director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies at Rutgers. “These two committees and the recent legislation mandating an LGBT-inclusive school curriculum are strong steps towards destigmatizing HIV and other health disparities faced by LGBTQ populations. I hope that our work serves as a model for other states.”Tags: Friday Letter Submission