A few dedicated members of LGBTQ+ and ally communities make the study possible,
but it’s your contributions that will make The PRIDE Study a success!
Hanh Nguyen was born and raised in San Jose, California. As the daughter of refugee parents, she experienced disparities in health and privilege which motivate her to pursue a career at the intersection of medicine, public health, and social justice. She attended the University of California Davis where she graduated with a BS in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. She returned to San Jose to work in education, health engagement, and outreach among the community she grew up in. She is now gaining clinical experience while working as a scribe at a hospital and health center. In her free time, she practices yoga, reads, eats, and helps facilitate a community for queer Christians.
Branden Barger is the program coordinator for the UCSF Office of Diversity & Outreach LGBT and Multicultural Resource Centers where he provides program, curriculum, and graphic design assistance in the centers’ efforts to increase visibility and inclusion of marginalized and underrepresented students, staff, and faculty throughout the UCSF health system and its various health professions training programs. Branden holds a Master of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research from the UCSF School of Medicine Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Public Health. Branden partnered with The PRIDE Study as part of his graduate program to examine substance use health disparities and resiliencies among sexual and gender minorities and he continues to support these efforts as a volunteer research assistant with the Sexual and Gender Minority Health Equity Lab in the UCSF School of Nursing Department of Community Health Systems.
Shane Lamba is a Health Science Specialist in the Spinal Cord Injuries and Disorders (SCI/D) Center at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System. He works on a multidisciplinary team, where he serves as one of the exoskeleton trainers collecting data on how its usage with Veterans can help improve quality of life for those living with a SCI. Additionally, he has brought to his team at the SCI center, a rejuvenated need for LGBT centered health research, he is diligently working alongside collaborators in applying for funding to initiate qualitative research on topics related to health equity and disability.
He also serves as a member on the Cultural Competency committee for the VA SCI/D Center, working alongside clinicians to bring diversity and inclusion trainings regarding LGBT Veterans. Shane will be enrolled in the Fall as a Master's of Public Health graduate student at the University of New England, where he intends to focus on community health promotion and education. He is a Bay Area native, and enjoys being active outdoors and relaxing at the beach. Shane is super excited to be a part of The PRIDE Study, as he believes it will help broaden his skill sets working with community engaged research methodology and health equity.
Pip Lipkin is a medical student at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University applying into OB/GYN. They came to medicine by way of studying English and Art History as an undergraduate and working in hospice, where they witnessed the power of care, attention, art and humanism in the practice of healing. In medical school they have focused efforts on making healthcare approachable and accessible through health education courses for incarcerated youth and folks experiencing chronic homelessness. Pip has also been dedicated to the advocacy and support of trans* and gender diverse (T/GD) medical students by founding a T/GD support group as well as creating a T/GD training for medical clerkship directors and coordinators to ensure T/GD medical students are supported in the clinical space. Their current research is at the intersection of family building, fertility preservation and the reproductive health needs of T/GD individuals.
Daryl Mangosing, MPH is currently a graduate student in the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program at the University of California Berkeley (UCB), School of Public Health (SPH). Within the SPH Community, they serve as a Graduate Recruitment and Diversity Service (GRADS) Ambassador for the DREAM (Diversity Respect Equity Action Multiculturalism) Office and remain active with Queering Public Health, a space dedicated to fostering community for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, and allies in SPH.
They are also a member of the UCB Pilipinx American Graduate Student Association or PAGaSA. Prior, they have worked for over three and a half years at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies and Prevention Research Center in the Division of Prevention Science at the University of California San Francisco, where they drove communication efforts and disseminated HIV prevention and public health research.
As a queer Filipino-American born and raised on the island of Guam, they pursued an independent major in health sciences at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky with a full-tuition scholarship in 2013. Afterwards, they attended Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated in 2015 with an MPH, concentrating in health communication. Daryl’s research interests lie within the intersection of LGBTQ health disparities, identity and intersectionality, community engagement, and public health discourse. For their doctoral studies, Daryl is interested in critically studying “party and play” or chemsex behaviors as subculture (i.e., illicit drug use to facilitate and enhance sexual activity) among gay and bisexual men and their health outcomes in the context of biomedical HIV prevention and online sexual networking applications.
Ben Schwartz is a medical student at Stanford Medicine who is passionate about using research to support tangible, impactful reform for LGBTQ+ communities. As an undergraduate, he attended Stanford University, where he earned a BS in Biology and a BA in Religious Studies, graduated with honors, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. His previous research focused on using advances in health sciences to eradicate LGBTQ+ discrimination in religious communities. Mental health and its requisite destigmatization played pivotal roles in his work. Ben also served as the president of Jewish Queers, a Stanford student organization focused on creating space for those identifying as Jewish and queer. As a medical student, he was elected by his class to serve as one of two Recruitment Chairs, a position designed to facilitate student involvement in the admissions process, welcome prospective students to Stanford for their interviews, and recruit a diverse group of students to comprise the incoming class. Moreover, Ben currently serves as co-chair of LGBTQ+ Meds, the primary LGBTQ+ medical student organization at Stanford. He hopes to work closely with faculty to more explicitly integrate the care of LGBTQ+ patients into clinical training.
Ben is eager to bring his personal experiences and academic/professional interests to the PRIDE Study team. He hopes to explore the healthcare dynamics of queer identity, the medical implications of sociocultural repression, and the dermatological care of LGBTQ+ patients.
Ada is a medical student, writer, and community organizer who is interested in how community-based work incorporating the thoughtful and compassionate practice of medicine has the potential to address the systemic and structural inequities that affect communities decentered by white supremacy and cisheteropatriarchy in the US and abroad. In the past, they have worked extensively to elevate the voices of queer and trans A/API communities, decrease health inequities in the US and in Hong Kong, and research the role of implicit bias in racism. In the coming years, they hope to delve more deeply into research, policy, and organizing work focused on amplifying the experiences of queer and trans people of color around the world.
The PRIDE Study thanks its former team members for their contributions: