Is an Assistant Professor in Residence at the Institute for Health & Aging, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Jason’s current research (NIH/NIA – K01AG056669) aims better understand risk and protective factors for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) among older sexual and gender minorities or people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI).
For the past 10 years, Jason has used his platform as a public health researcher to work as an advocate for the LGBTQI community. To further the reach of his advocacy efforts, he partners with InterACT Advocates for Intersex Youth, Openhouse, and serves on The San Francisco Long Term Care Coordinating Council for Dementia Care Excellence Workgroup. He is also currently a co-convener for the Gerontological Society of America’s Rainbow Research Group. He is also working with Openhouse in San Francisco, on the Building Healthy Outcomes Using a Supportive Environment (H.O.U.S.E.) Study, to examine the influence of affordable- and inclusive-housing on the health of LGBTQI older adults. He is partnering with Openhouse and On Lok to explore opportunities for inclusive care and the first adult day social program for LGBTQI seniors. His work has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report, The Advocate, Logo NewsNowNext, AARP News, San Francisco Bay Times, KCBS Radio, HealthCare Asia Dailey, Affaritaliani, as well as at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference.
Jason’s hope is that his current research and advocacy efforts will shape the training of care providers and create a more inclusive healthcare and environment for LGBTQI individuals.