Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE) Welcomes New Board Member Kevin Williams
Williams, Pfizer’s Senior Director in U.S. Medical Affairs for Rare Disease, brings extensive background in health, HIV and AIDS issues to SAGE’s national Board of Directors.
"I am honored and excited that Kevin has joined our national Board," said Rosalyn Richter, Co-Chair of SAGE's Board of Directors. "SAGE stands to benefit immensely from the perspectives he has gained in nearly 20 years of professional and volunteer work in medicine, health administration and community organizations dedicated to the well-being of LGBT people."
"I am so pleased to welcome Kevin to SAGE's Board of Directors," said Michael Adams, Executive Director of SAGE. "With his extensive medical and pharmaceutical experience, Kevin brings fresh insight to SAGE's mission to improve the lives of LGBT older people. With people 50 and older rapidly becoming the new face of HIV in this country, his knowledge is especially relevant to shaping our work."
Due in large part to medical advances in HIV-related treatment, many people who have HIV/AIDS are living longer lives. Approximately 28 percent of people living with HIV in the U.S. are over 50. By 2017 that number is projected to grow to 50 percent. LGBT older adults living with HIV also face other risk factors that can lead to poorer health outcomes, including social isolation, depression and fear of discrimination in health settings.
"I'm honored to be appointed to the Board of Directors of SAGE and to have the opportunity to share the insights I've gained over the years from working with patients who are living with HIV and with organizations dedicated to their support as well as with organizations focused on the broader LGBT community," said Williams. "Ensuring that our communities can age well and in the best health possible has been a major focus of my professional career and is a goal I share with SAGE."
SAGE currently offers a wide variety of information related to HIV and LGBT older people, including the HIV & Aging portal on its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging.
About Kevin Williams
Kevin Williams, SAGE Board Member, has served in the role of Senior Director/Group Leader in U.S. Medical Affairs for Rare Disease at Pfizer since January 2012. He joined Pfizer in January 2004 as a Medical Director on the HIV field-based medical team and has been in multiple roles across several therapeutic areas within the organization over the years. After a brief academic career at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center as an Instructor of Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine, Kevin spent eight years in private medical practice taking care of patients living with HIV and AIDS. He was also an active participant in the HIV services community, volunteering at the Jeffrey Goodman Clinic at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center where he saw HIV and AIDS patients one half day per week. Immediately prior to joining Pfizer, he was interim Medical Director of the Student Health Service at Columbia University. Kevin has been involved in a number of LGBT non-profit organizations during his professional career. He was on the Board of Directors of Aid for AIDS, a Los-Angeles-based AIDS services organization, as well as the Medical Advisory Board of the Jeffrey Goodman Clinic and AIDS Research Alliance. Kevin also served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. In addition, from 2001 to 2007, he was on the Board of Directors of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Kevin received his medical degree from the UCLA School of Medicine, a Masters in Public Health from the UCLA School of Public Health and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people. SAGE also offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competence training through SAGECare. With staff in New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago, SAGE coordinates a growing network of affiliates across the country. Learn more at sageusa.org.