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Women's and Gender Studies graduate, Armonté Butler, C'2017, is putting theory into practice with his exciting summer fellowship.

Recent Women's and Gender Studies graduate, Armonté Butler, C'2017, is putting theory into practice with his exciting summer fellowship at the CDC and his new job at the HRC:

This summer I am a Public Health Leadership Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA. The Project Officer and Health Scientist, Greg Bautista, is a Sewanee graduate from 1997 and works in the Office of Health Equity. I am also in contact with Melissa Habel C'02 (Politics major, WGS concentration) who is a Health Scientist at the CDC as well. While the summer winds down, I completed a research project with the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH). My project explored school demographics and health outcomes related to a program designed to prevent HIV and other STD. It was a descriptive study of the sexual health education programs that DASH funds at our priority schools, those that are low-income and pre-dominantly black and Hispanic.

While healthcare and LGBTQ rights remain a major concern in U.S. news and politics, I recently accepted a position as the Health and Aging Program Coordinator at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). HRC is the largest LGBTQ civil rights advocacy group and political lobbying organization in the U.S. I start work mid-August and will be providing administrative and program support to the Health and Aging Program senior staff. My main tasks will include conducting data analyses and answering questions from healthcare facilities that are responding to the 2018 Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) survey. The HEI is a national LGBTQ benchmarking tool that evaluates healthcare facilities' policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors, and employees.

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