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Grant W. Farmer Memorial Scholarship Award

Download the Grant W. Farmer Memorial Scholarship Application Here

Grant W. Farmer was a gifted and committed public health researcher, teacher, community member, friend, and mentor.  He was a long time Caucus member, and served the caucus as Chair from 2012-2014, and as well as other executive committee roles.

Click here to read Grant's Obituary

The Grant W. Farmer Memorial Scholarship is an annual competitive award that supports, at least, one deserving undergraduate or graduate student to attend the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Exposition. The award is inclusive of a $500 honorarium to support fees associated with conference registration and travel. 

Special thanks to Mr. Mertens for his continued support of The Caucus, and his commitment to continuing Grant's legacy through this Memorial Scholarship. 

*** The 2019 APHA Annual Meeting will be held in Philadelphia, PA from November 2-6***

Please send any questions, inquiries, and applications directly to the LGBT Caucus of Public Health Professionals Chair-Elect, Javontae Lee Williams, at: chairelect@aphalgbt.org

Walter J. Lear Outstanding Student Research Award

The Caucus established the Walter J. Lear Outstanding Student Research Award to recognize exceptional work by students on LGBT-related issues. The award consists of a stipend and free caucus membership. All students who submit an abstract to the Caucus for consideration for the annual meeting are eligible for this award.

Walter J. Lear was one of the founders and a longtime chair of the Caucus. He founded the Caucus in 1975 and worked with APHA to inform them of our health issues and the need for research. Click here to read Walter's Obituary

Our 2018 awardee is Stephanie L. Creasy, MPH, who will be honored at our caucus business meeting on Sunday, November 11th, at 4pm-5pm in the San Diego Convention Center room 25B.  Please join us in congratulating Stephanie!

Stephanie Creasy received her MPH from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health with a certificate in LGBT Health and Wellness in April 2017. Her master’s level thesis was a mixed-methods study examining the experiences of incarceration and re-entry for transgender women in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. She is now a Project Coordinator in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences for an R01 grant testing the effect of the representative payee program on antiretroviral therapy treatment adherence and rates of viral suppression for people living with HIV. She continues to work on projects focusing on how incarceration and re-entry affect the health and well-being of queer/trans populations.

Thanks to Carmine Novembre of Pfizer for support of the Walter Lear Student Award. Pfizer logo

About the Caucus

Since its founding in 1975, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Caucus has been an association of public health professionals committed to furthering LGBT issues within the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the field of public health at large. For more information about the LGBT Caucus, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.


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