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Community Spotlight: LGBTQ+ Youth | Adolescent Mental Health Crisis Dialogue Series

LGBTQ+ youth continue to experience high rates of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and suicide, due to systemic discrimination and a lack of acceptance, as well as a lack of access to culturally-competent and affirming mental health services.

On June 1, the Aspen Institute’s Health Innovators Fellowship gathered leaders working in LGBTQ+ communities to discuss their work and share learnings. Watch the dialogue above. 


Dr. Warren Ng is the Medical Director of outpatient behavioral health at Columbia University Medical Center/New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a Health Innovators Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He is also the director of clinical services for child and adolescent psychiatry and a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. He is passionate about providing care and developing comprehensive services for underserved children and their families. Warren is an advocate for children’s mental health and has leadership roles in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Jose Bauermeister is the Director of the Eidos LGBTQ+ Health Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) and a Health Innovators Fellow at the Aspen Institute. José is a standing member of the NIH’s Council of Councils’ Sexual and Gender Minority Research Working Group and has had work funded by the NIH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MAC AIDS Fund, Ford Foundation, the Philadelphia Foundation, and the Herb Ritts Foundation. José is committed to addressing health inequities among LGBT youth of color. 

Carrie Davis, MSW is the Chief Community Officer of the Trevor Project the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people. As a social worker she has consulted with and worked for a number of nonprofit organizations prior to joining The Trevor Project. From 1998 to 2016, she served the Chief Programs & Policy Officer at New York’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. She was subsequently was appointed a Commissioner of Human Rights by New York City Mayor de Blasio in 2017 and served for nearly four years.

Moderator: Carla Ibarra (she/they) is a transgender rights activist and public health professional with more than nine years of community-focused work highlighting health equity and justice in BIPOC trans and non-binary communities. She is a commissioner at the Transgender Advisory Council of the City of Los Angeles, advising the mayor on key issues affecting the trans community. Currently, she is also pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, where she works to continuously works to center the lived experiences of trans and non-binary people in health research and policy.

Because of her work and dedication, Carla was featured in “The Power of Kindness,” a special documentary with Lady Gaga, in honor of World Kindness Day. In May 2022, she was a part of the first-ever MTV Mental Health Youth Action Forum held at the White House. Advocating to transform mental health awareness into actual, tangible actions, Carla and other young leaders dialogued with US President Joe Biden, US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, and mental health advocate and world-renowned artist Selena Gomez.



Session 1: A Primer on the Adolescent Mental Health Crisis | April 6, 3:00-4:00PM ET | WATCH THE RECORDING


Session 2: Community Spotlight: Native American Youth  | May 11, 2023, 3:00-4:00PM ET | WATCH THE RECORDING


Session 3: Community Spotlight: Black Youth  | May 11, 2023 | 3:00-4:00PM ET | WATCH THE RECORDING


Session 5: Community Spotlight: Latinx Youth | July 13, 3:00-4:00PM ET | REGISTER



The Health Innovators Fellowship’s mission is to develop a community of energized, values-driven leaders committed to finding viable solutions to confront U.S. health care’s problems.

The Fellowship offers high-performing professionals a unique experience—the ability to connect with and learn from a diverse group of peers with whom they wouldn’t ordinarily interact while refining their own values and charting a course that empowers them to take action in new ways to improve health and health care in America. Fellows come from a wide variety of industries and sectors, ranging from medicine to venture capital to public health and beyond. Learn More

Event information
Thu Jun 1, 2023
3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT