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Managing Risk Factors for LGBTQIA+ Community Members Across the Service Spectrum
Integrity House is proud to co-present our next Virtual Lunch and Learn session with Bergen New Bridge Medical Center and New Jersey Community Resource Initiative (NJCRI). During this session, learn more about how to deliver culturally competent, whole-person care for LGBTQIA+ community members experiencing substance use disorders and mental illness.
Wednesday, June 28, 2023, at 12:00 PM EST
Meet Our Presenters
Silvester Oluokon, MEd, LPC, ACS (he/him/his)
Silvester Oluokun is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Approved Clinical Supervisor in the state of NJ with over a decade in the field of mental healthcare. His professional focus has centered on cultural competency, acculturation, trauma-informed practices, and population health, emphasizing social determinants. Currently serving as the Senior Counselor for the LGBTQ+ special populations program at the Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC), Silvester is working to improve access to care and visibility of LGBTQ+ issues throughout the Integrity House organization and partner with community organizations/advocates who share in this mission.
Kevin E. Taylor (he/him/his)
Kevin E. Taylor is Senior Pastor of Unity Fellowship Church NewArk since 2012 and Unity Fellowship Church New Brunswick for 12 years prior to that, leading an affirming ministry that welcomes all. Taylor is a noted author (JADED, UNCLUTTER, BECAUSE HE LIVES, IT’S TIME FOR SOME ACTION, ENVY: the darkest shade of green, GET OFF YOUR ASS AND DO SOMETHING and MEET THE HENDERSONS). He’s been a writer and producer for television (31 years in television and production and almost 30 years running TaylorMadeMultiMedia (TM3), his own video production company. Taylor has written for several magazines and other literary collections and has authored 10 novels and empowerment books himself. Taylor is now Director of LGBTQ Services for NJCRI in Newark, NJ and 2022 brought the release of two new empowerment titles “SELFISH | GET FULL OF YOURSELF WITHOUT GUILT” and its accompanying GUIDED JOURNAL, both in support of his continuous quest to guide people in living their greatest lives! The coming year, he will release MOMMA, PLEASE!, his latest novel.
Christopher J. Awwad, DO (he/him/his)
Christopher J. Awwad, DO, is a family medicine doctor and the medical director for the LGBTQ+ Health and Wellness Center at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine — Bradenton in 2013 and completed family medicine residency training at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell Health, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Awwad specializes in comprehensive care for the LGBTQ+ community, including gender-affirming care, HIV prevention, sexual health, and primary care. Through his work in medical education and community outreach, he advocates for equitable access to high-quality, patient-centered care and the maintenance of overall health and wellness.
Meet Our Moderator
Eman Gibson, LCSW, LCADC, MBA (she/her/hers)
Eman Gibson, MBA, LCSW, LCADC, currently serves as the Chief Clinical Officer of Integrity House and has been with the organization since 2012. She oversees Integrity House’s inpatient and residential programs, which collectively provide 420 beds. Mrs. Gibson earned her Master in Social Work from Columbia University and her Master of Business Administration from Fitchburg State University. Her specialties include eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), transgender care, and trauma-informed care. She also serves on the Professional Advisory Committee for the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, as surveyor of the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and was recently appointed as Board Treasurer of the New Jersey branch of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (NJSAM). She is an adjunct professor of Psychology at Montclair State University and of Social Work at Rutgers University.
This lunch and learn session qualifies for 1.25 social work continue education units (CEU) for all attendees. Certificates will be issued by Integrity House.