Dr. Perry N. Halkitis, dean of Rutgers School of Public Health, has been invited to participate in the scientific committee of the European Union-funded PARADISO project. PARADISO — Participatory Approach to Raise Awareness of Discrimination Against Sexual and Gender Orientation — hopes to fight discrimination in health systems across Europe.
[Photo: Perry N. Halkitis, dean and professor – School of Public Health]
The invitation cites Dr. Halkitis’ experience in public health and the breadth of his knowledge of HIV-related behaviors among gay men. Dr. George Koulierakis, Project Leader, writes: “The scientific committee encompasses members from all partners and external national and international experts. It is in charge of the overall scientific supervision of the project, ensuring the scientific quality of the proposed activities.”
Medical staff often do not have the experiences necessary to care for the unique needs of LGBTQ+ patients. PARADISO seeks to bridge these gaps in knowledge and understanding to promote accepting environments and address disparities in access to health services. The consortium consists of nine partners from Greece, France, and the Netherlands that range from academia to community organizations.
The World Health Organization says that LGBTQ+ persons often avoid using healthcare services and do not complete treatment for their health. Dr. Halkitis’ participation in PARADISO will help ensure that health systems across Europe embrace the rights and needs of the LGBTQ+ communities they serve while simultaneously elevating their overall health.
“This is another step in the evolving global footprint of the Rutgers School of Public Health as we work with and for the people of the world,” says Dean Halkitis. “Through our newly established academic, research, and service collaborations with three Universities in Athens, Greece, and one in Dodoma, Tanzania, we hope to continue improving and serving global populations.”