Dr. Kellan E. Baker is the Executive Director of Whitman-Walker Institute, an organization in Washington, D.C. that leverages cutting-edge research, policy, and education to advance health equity nationwide, particularly for LGBTQI+ people and people living with HIV. The Institute is affiliated with Whitman-Walker Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center with more than 50 years of service to diverse communities across the D.C. area and beyond. Kellan is a health services researcher, educator, and health policy professional with wide expertise in health equity research and policy, particularly with regard to data collection and research about LGBTQI+ populations. He was an advisor to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) for the landmark 2020 study on the well-being of sexual and gender diverse populations, and he served as a member of the 2022 NASEM study that developed standards for the collection of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation data by the National Institutes of Health. Kellan holds appointments as associate faculty in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the George Washington University and the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He received his Ph.D. in health policy and management from Johns Hopkins, where he was a Centennial Scholar and a Health Policy Research Scholar; an M.P.H. in health policy and M.A. in international development from George Washington University; and a B.A. with high honors from Swarthmore College.

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Data Equity and LGBTQ Populations: Why Collecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data Matters

AcademyHealth member and HDLI panelist Dr. Kellan Baker and Caroline Medina, data equity experts at Whitman-Walker Institute, share why it’s critical for the field of health services research to collect and use high-quality data on sexual orientation and gender identity to guide the provision of optimal care for all and to close LGBTQ population health disparities.
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LGBTQ+ Pride Month and Health Services Research: Guidance for Research Partners

AcademyHealth member Dr. Kellan E. Baker, who serves as the Executive Director of the Whitman-Walker Institute, highlights efforts to advance LGBTQ+ health research. During Pride Month and beyond, the Institute seeks partners across the field of HSR to advance the scope and sophistication of research into LGBTQ+ health.
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