The UCLA Center for LGBTQ+ Advocacy, Research & Health, or C-LARAH (LARAH is derived from the Latin word “hilaris,” meaning cheerful) is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of sexual and gender minorities. We are committed to sharing our expertise in public health, including epidemiological methods, developing and testing bio-behavioral interventions, education and research training, program design and analysis, health policy initiatives and implementation science.
We work directly with members of the LGBTQ+ community and are able to draw upon expansive local and national relationships with state and local public health departments, academic researchers, healthcare providers, community-based organizations, consumer groups, advocacy foundations, and funding agencies.
Our familiarity and experience working with the LGBTQ+ community and allied organizations well-equips us to inform policymakers of the most effectual ways to reach members of this historically marginalized population and how to serve them holistically through all social determinants of health and justice.
To maintain an interdisciplinary, research-driven, evidence-based platform used to carry out public policy initiatives that improve the health and social well-being of sexual and gender minorities. We engage our local and national community, as well as global partners, through cross-culturally informed scholarship, advanced academic training, and civic advocacy. We are deeply invested in intercultural competence and the importance of intersectionality of identities and lived experience; we are committed to conducting research to advance LGBTQ+ racial/ethnic health disparities.
DR. MATTHEW J. MIMIAGA
“Sexual and gender minorities experience significant health disparities as a result of myriad overlapping social-ecological, cultural, and political factors. Research findings by our team and others show that LGBTQ+ populations have a higher prevalence and incidence of life-threatening physical conditions, mental health problems, substance use, and chronic and infectious disease risk. Despite recent advances to civil rights protections, LGBTQ+ individuals continue to experience elevated rates of stigma, discrimination and violence. They are disproportionately represented among homeless people—often a result of estrangement from their families—and face significant barriers to accessing health care, prevention and treatment services. Now is the time for academic institutions to bolster the unwavering efforts at progress made by the LGBTQ+ movement. We must bridge health, research, and training measures to curtail socioeconomic inequities and close the health disparity gap. We have spent the past four decades advocating for LGBTQ+ rights—indeed, for their basic humanity—and we must continue to demand accountability in shaping and enforcing policies that best serve our community. It is extremely rewarding to be involved in work that improves the lives of historically marginalized members of society. I’m excited about the impact C-LARAH has had and will continue to have in training future generations of scientists interested in conducting LGBTQ+ public health and clinical research and ensuring that all sexual and gender minorities, and particularly those of us who are trans, racial/ethnic minorities and living with HIV, belong everywhere and can live openly and authentically, and be healthy.”
Research Training: Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
C-LARAH is committed to a collaborative and inclusive environment where students, post-doctoral fellows, and other mentees from diverse backgrounds are trained to thrive as leaders in LGBTQ+ public health, epidemiological methods, and behavioral science, and where students, postdocs, staff and faculty are valued regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic position, first-generation college student, immigration status, gender identity, sexual identity, or disability.
C-LARAH is devoted to recruiting and training a community of diverse scholars from underrepresented minority groups and fostering a welcoming, inclusive and intellectually-enriching environment where all students, postdocs, staff and faculty feel supported and can achieve their full potential. Furthermore, we are dedicated to prioritizing our reach and understanding of diverse populations and communities in our research, scholarship and training programs, and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the field of LGBTQ+ public health.
Promoting research excellence and addressing diversity in our work setting is integral to our initiatives as a Center. It broadens and deepens the training experience and scholarly environment for students, postdocs and faculty alike. Our primary commitment to our students and postdocs is to provide an all-encompassing research training experience that is based on the principles of equity and inclusion of all individuals; within the Center environment, differences are acknowledged as contributions and individuals are respected for their beliefs and cultural practices.
Happy Holidays from all of us at the UCLA Center for LGBTQ+ Advocacy, Research & Health! As we reflect on the past year and look forward to the opportunities ahead, we want to extend our warmest wishes to our study participants, and the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. May this holiday season be a time of joy, love, and celebration for all, surrounded by the support and acceptance of those who cherish you for exactly who you are.
At the UCLA Center for LGBTQ+ Advocacy, Research & Health, we remain dedicated to conducting impactful research, and advancing the rights, visibility, and well-being of the LGBTQ+ community. As we embrace the diversity within our community, we reaffirm our commitment to fostering a more inclusive and equitable world for all. Here’s to a holiday season filled with hope, empowerment, and unity, and to a new year brimming with possibilities and progress.
Wishing you a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season from all of us at the UCLA Center for LGBTQ+ Advocacy, Research & Health!
- CENTER FACULTY, STAFF & STUDENTS
- UCLA Affiliates
- Main Collaborators
Implementing recruitment and retention efforts that lead to study participation; Arranging and conducting studying visits with participants; Coordinating with other community partner recruitment sites; maintaining regulatory procedures and assisting in development of study materials.