Rutgers Professor to discuss his book about Gay men’s coming out stories and LGBT health issues

Perry Halkitis, dean of Rutgers School of Public Health
Perry Halkitis, dean of Rutgers School of Public Health. Photo: Nick Romanenko.

The Visiting Nurse Association and the Prevention Resource Network will host a LGBT Pride Month Event with Dr. Perry Halkitis, Dean of Rutgers University School of Public Health. Thursday June 21 from 7-9pm at Hotel Tides, in Asbury Park, NJ. The Meet & Greet will focus on a chat about the future of LGBT healthcare. Dr. Halkitis will also discuss his upcoming book focusing on Gay men’s coming out stories. The event will include lite food fare and a cash bar.

About Rutgers Professor Dean Halkitis

Dr. Halkitis is the Dean and Professor of Biostatistics and Social & Behavioral Health Sciences at the Rutgers School of Public Health. He is also a professor at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, and School of Public Affairs and Administration, as well as a member of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Dr. Halkitis is a Professor Emeritus at the College of Global Public Health, New York University.

For more than two decades, Dr. Halkitis’ program of research has examined the intersection between HIV and other STIs, drug abuse, and mental health burdens. Hi research also looks at the biological, behavioral, psychosocial, and structural factors that predispose these and other health disparities in the LGBT population.

His most recent work focuses on three main areas

(1)   Documenting the exposure to viral pathogens associated with cancer disparities in gay men (i.e., HCV, HIV, HPV)

(2)   Understanding the psychosocial (e.g., loneliness, homophobia), biological (e.g., lack of vaccination, untreated viremia), and behavioral factors (e.g., tobacco use, sex-risk) that predispose infection with these pathogens

(3)   Implementation research that integrates biomedical and behavioral approaches to deliver healthcare services to gay men.

Dr. Halkitis founded The Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies, a research center that also serves as a training site for the next generation of scholars.

For details and to RSVP visit Facebook events page.