From ally to accomplice: A call to action to advance LGBTQIA+ health equity

May 22, 2024

In this podcast, Dr. Alex Mills, Dr. Kevin Astle, and Dr. Kyle Melín discuss their commentary, “From ally to accomplice: A call to action to advance LGBTQIA+ health equity” and the AJHP special theme issue on healthcare considerations in sexual and gender minorities with host and AJHP Editor in Chief Dr. Daniel Cobaugh.

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Kevin AstleKevin Astle, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, AAHIVP, CDCES is an assistant professor with the University of Taneja College of Pharmacy in the department of Pharmacotherapeutics and Clinical Research. He joined USF in July 2022 from his previous institution, Auburn University Harrison College of Pharmacy in Mobile AL. Dr. Astle graduated from pharmacy school at the University of Florida in 2016 and completed a PGY-1 ambulatory care pharmacy residency with Auburn University Clinical Health Services in 2017.

Dr. Astle’s clinical practice and research interests are in the treatment and prevention of HIV, addressing health disparities in the LGBTQIA+ community, and prevention of cardiovascular disease in people living with HIV. Dr. Astle is passionate about advocacy and policy change regarding healthcare access for sexual and gender minorities and expanding access to healthcare for transgender patients. He is a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Ambulatory Care Pharmacist, HIV Pharmacist, and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. In 2021, Dr. Astle was a founding member of RxSHARE, an international collaborative of pharmacists with the mission of improving health care access and education regarding sexual and gender minorities. 

Kyle Melin Kyle Melin, PharmD, BCPS, MSc is an Associate Professor at the University of Puerto Rico School of Pharmacy and a Senior Policy and Research Fellow at the National Alliance for Hispanic Health. He is an ambulatory care clinician and researcher in the fields of personalized medicine, substance use disorders, and access to care for minoritized populations. Dr. Melin is a passionate advocate for making healthcare more equitable and affirming for sexual and gender minorities and regularly provides training and education to practicing healthcare professionals on this topic. 

Alex MillsAlex Mills, PharmD, BCACP, AAHIVP is a clinical pharmacy specialist in Cardiology at Community Health Network in Indianapolis, IN.Prior to legislation threatening the lives of transgender and gender diverse persons, Dr. Mills served as director of clinical operations for UMMC’s "TEAM" clinic, which provided multidisciplinary gender-affirming care to persons of the LGBTQIA+ community. He was co-director of the Center for Gender and Sexual Minority Health at UMMC, which served to improve the clinical care, health education, and research enhancing the lives of sexual and gender minorities throughout Mississippi. 


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