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[ASK] “Can My Health History Help Solve the COVID crisis?”

June 27, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT


Join FORGE and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inclusion Health Clinic for an opportunity to ask questions and engage with professionals serving the trans/non-binary community.

“Can My Health History Help Solve the COVID crisis?”

“Can My Health History Help Solve the COVID crisis?”  The answer is YES! Two large national longitudinal health studies are actively recruiting LGBTQ participants.  Mahri Bahati of PRIDEnet and Dr. Jeff Whittle representing the All of Us study will present how their studies have used data they’d already gathered to contribute to understanding COVID-19. They’ll describe the studies’ privacy and security issues, study aims, results so far, and how people can enroll.


Jeffrey C. Whittle, MD, MPH, and Mahri Bahati, MPH

Jeffrey C. Whittle, MD, MPH

Jeffrey C. Whittle, MD, MPH, is a Staff Physician at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center and Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. He attended the Medical College of Wisconsin then received his internal medicine residency training at the University of Alabama – Birmingham. After staying on a year as Chief Medical Resident he was a fellow in General Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, where he also received his Masters of Public Health. After ten years on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh he became Division Director at the Kansas University Medical Center in September of 2001. He moved to the Medical College of Wisconsin in March of 2005.

Mahri Bahati, MPH

LGBTQ Community Engagement Specialist PRIDEnet
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Mahri Bahati, MPH is a creative and passionate public health professional with extensive experience across the HIV/AIDS continuum of care, including anti-retroviral medication access, HIV prevention and surveillance, harm reduction, and community mobilization. Most recently she worked for the Global Forum on MSM and HIV as Public Health Advisor where she developed and managed a global capacity building project to facilitate organizational development and build self-sustainability for trans-led organizations throughout the global south. Her professional interests include sexual and gender minority health equity, HIV treatment adherence, PrEP access, and the prevention of sexually transmitted infections.
Mahri earned her Master of Public Health degree at the University of Kentucky in 2013, with a focus in Epidemiology. As an undergrad she began volunteering with local HIV/AIDS non-profits which sparked a professional interest in public health along with a lifelong interest in volunteering and community organizing.
Mahri is excited to join the PRIDE team as the All of Us Research Program Engagement Navigator, where she will work to engage ‘yet to be reached’ sexual and gender minority sub-communities who are new to health research, who have experienced barriers in accessing healthcare, or who have had negative research experiences.

About ASK events:

ASK the Expert events are open periods of regularly scheduled time (Tuesdays from 6-7:00pm and Saturdays from 1-2:00pm) where you can ask questions to health care providers, mental health professionals, social workers, advocates, and lawyers.
Initiated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, questions and topics discussed may focus on medical issues, mental health concerns, coping skills, access to public benefits, links to resources, where and how to access support. Each session will have a broad focus within these areas. Come with your questions. Sit back. Or lean in.
If you miss the live events, they’ll be recorded!
All ASK events will have an ASL interpreter.  Please reach out with any access needs.

PACT NOW = Preventing and Assisting with COVID-19 among Trans and Non-binary Wisconsinites.  PACT NOW is a partnership between FORGE and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inclusion Health Clinic.
This project is funded in part by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.


June 27, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT
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