Friday, October 10, 2014

BW Professor Honored for Impact on the LGBT Community

Dr. Swagata Banik director of BW's public health program received recognition for "creating impactful, long-lasting change" in the LGBT community in the Cleveland area.

In celebration of National LGBT History Month, the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Community Relations Board, and the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland honored Dr. Banik and three other leaders at the Sixth Annual Heritage Day at Cleveland City Hall this week. The event featured Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Councilman Joe Cimperman.

Dr. Banik was recognized for his contributions to the betterment of the LGBT community in the area of Education & Social Services. His current research focuses on individual and environmental factors related to HIV health disparity in the United States and in India. Dr. Banik is the principle investigator on a National Institute of Health (NIH)-funded research grant on "IV Stigma Reduction among Health Care Providers."