Eidos proudly collaborated with the Penn Medicine Program for LGBTQ Health and the Penn LDI Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Scholar Program to provide 10 summer interns with the opportunity to work with affiliated faculty and staff on range of LGBTQ+ health research projects.
We want to take an opportunity to shine a spotlight on four of those interns, to provide a glimpse into the transformative learning experiences that the next generation of health innovators is embracing here at Penn.
Brianna Clifford (she/her)
Rising senior studying Psychology at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania.
Brianna is working with Dr. Steven Meanley on the Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS) Project, exploring the virtual presence of HIV prevention organizations, and doing an analysis of community engagement in Philadelphia.
“I didn’t have a lot of knowledge about healthcare when it came to the LGBTQ+ community, so this summer has really taught me a lot about the constant challenges they face. Everyone should have the right to have fair access to healthcare.”
Anita Shubert (she/they)
Rising senior at the University of Michigan studying Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies.
Anita is working with Dr. José Bauermeister and Dr. Dennis Flores to analyze survey data, work on a manuscript, and code interview transcripts.
“As a member of the queer community, I deeply care about LGBTQ+ health. I believe that everyone should have access to equitable healthcare, regardless of their identities. Doing LGBTQ+ health work at Penn means that I get to be among the leading scholars that make an impact on the outcomes of my community.”
Robert Slovikowsky (he/him)
Pre-Med student at University of Pennsylvania studying Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.
Robert is working with Dr. José Bauermeister and Willey Lin on the ATN Dream project that is researching an HIV prevention douche.
“This internship has only heightened my interest in LGBTQ+ health, and because of it, I am considering pursuing a career in LGBTQ+ health with a focus on reproductive care.”
Gennady (Gena) Vulakh (he/him)
Second year medical student at University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.
Gena is working with Dr. Dovie Watson to analyze PrEP stigma as well as medical mistrust within transgender populations.
“As someone with the privilege to get into medical school, I hope to use my platform and access to give back to my community; when we uplift underserved people, we all benefit.”