LGBTQ Caucus

 

Purpose:

The Latino Medical Student Association has an obligation to the LGBTQ population.  This LMSA LGBTQ-A (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Ally) sub-committee is created with the hope of sparking a conversation about issues affecting this sub-group of the Latino population we as an organization serve. This sub-committee will serve as a source of knowledge for all future latino physicians regarding LGBTQ-A issues, raising awareness of LGBTQ-A health issues specifically affecting the latino population, creating a social network of LGTBQ-A latino pre-medical student, medical students, residents, and physicians.  Overall, we hope to give LMSA a strong voice in support for this marginalized and underserved population of Latinos.

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What We Do:

We are a group of extremely dedicated members of LMSA who happen to be LGBTQ-A (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, or Straight Allies) who would like to make a difference. The Causcus focuses on several activities throughout the year including (but not limited to):

  • Fundraising for our annual Scholarship for LGBTQ research involving the Latino Community
  • Resolution writing for our national LMSA organization
  • Production of academic papers on the field of Latino LGBTQ Health
  • Introduction of LGBTQ topics in all regional and national LMSA conferences
  • Social events for LGBTQ members of LMSA
  • Collaboration with other national health organizations to advance positive changes for LGBTQ Latinos

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How To Get Involved:

Email JJ or Sarah to be added to our listserv. There are always research projects or new initiatives happening. We are also here to support anyone who has ideas on how to improve the health of LGBTQ Latinos in their own communities.

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Caucus Calendar/Upcoming Events

Find out what we're up to!

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Student and Faculty Personal Stories

Check out some of our Caucus members and their inspiring stories:

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Leadership Board 2015-2016

See our New Board Members

Physician Board Members (Resident, Fellow, Completed training)

  • Physician Chair – Jorge Ramallo
  • Physician Vice Chair – Jessica Aviles
  • Physician Policy mentor – Orlando Sola

Student Board Members

  • Student Chair – JJ Valverde
  • Student Vice Chair – Francisca Mata
  • Secretary  – Sarah Bunch
  • External Liaison/Conference Chair – Michael Belmonte
  • Recruitment/Mentorship Chair – Nick Orozco
  • JP Sanchez, Honorary Physician Advisor
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Contact Us:

Student Chair: JJ Valverde, MS3 | jvalve2@uic.edu
Physician Chair: Jorge Ramallo, MD, MPH | jramallop@gmail.com
Secretary: Sarah Bunch, MS3 | sbunch2@uic.edu