A few dedicated members of the LGBTQ and ally communities made this study possible,
but it’s your support that will make The PRIDE Study a success!
Dennis Xiong is thrilled to be working with the PRIDE team and to learn more about the lifestyle and needs of the LGTBQ+ community across the whole country. He earned his Master's Degree in Health Care Administration and Management with a specialization in Organizational Leadership and Change Management from Colorado State University. His career focus is to make healthcare more accessible to all, including the LGBTQ+ community, low-income communities, ethnic minority groups, and communities of various underserved populations.
Prior to joining the PRIDE team, Dennis supported the Stroke Sciences Group on the POINT clinical research trial at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). During this time, he was able to use UCSF’s many resources to earn his certification as a Certified Associate of Project Management (CAPM).
Dennis earned a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Music Management from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. His interests include traveling, cooking, bartending, and music. In his free time, he sings with the Gay Asian-Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Men's Chorus in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Leah Mitchell (AAS,ST) is a current Political Science and Nursing Student. She resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her husband and daughter. Leah currently serves as a Customer Advocate for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma. She has spent a majority of her life serving the LGBTQ community. She has actively participated in countless Pride and Inclusion groups throughout Oklahoma. Her passions include science, medicine, and politics. She plans to implement her love for both by supporting and advocating for the Pride Study.
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.
With great appreciation, The PRIDE Study thanks its former team members for their contributions: