LGBT Pride Month: Guest Speaker and Lunch


Jennifer M. Jabson Tree, MPH, PhD

LGBT Health and Health Disparities

Tuesday, June 4

Freeman Auditorium

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Lunch will be provided.

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Jennifer M. Jabson Tree, MPH, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Public Health at University of Tennessee Knoxville. She will be presenting to students, faculty and staff at UTHSC on June 4th in Freeman Auditorium from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm about Health and Health Disparities in the LGBT community as the signature event for the Office of Equity and Diversity’s celebration of Pride Month.

Dr. Jabson Tree earned her Master of Public Health degree (2006) and PhD (2010) at Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences.  After completing her doctoral training, she was awarded a competitive fellowship grant by the American Cancer Society for three years of focused training and research in LGBTQ+ cancer control and prevention, at Boston University School of Public Health.  She joined the University of Tennessee Department of Public Health faculty in 2013.

Her main goal is to reduce and eliminate health inequity and health disparities among medically underserved groups, including adult and aging sexual and gender minority (SGM) people (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender). This vision involves the development and implementation of innovative, multilevel, prevention interventions that extend beyond exclusive focus on the individual, to a focus on healthcare systems, communities, and the contextual systems within which individuals exist.

Her current program of research involves translating and delivering online mindfulness-based stress reduction programs to LGBTQ+ communities to reduce stress caused by structural and interpersonal stigma. She is also working with regional and local healthcare systems to improve healthcare to become affirming and competent for LGBTQ+ patients and clients.

She teaches courses in MPH and doctoral programs focused on the ways in which social structures—economic stability, neighborhood and built environment, education, social and community context, and access to healthcare—cause and influence health and disease. Students consider and evaluate how social determinants intersect with systems of privilege and oppression, including racism, classism, ableism, heterosexism, sexism, and cis-sexism, which also shape and influence health and disease.