A discussion with Drs. Carlos Rodriguez-Diaz & Audrey Harkness on the Impact of COVID-19 on Latinx communities


Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 1:00pm to 2:00pm




The Legacy Project invites you to join a discussion with Drs. Carlos Rodriguez-Diaz and Audrey Harkness on the Impact of COVID-19 on Latinx communities, including how COVID-19 is impacting the sexual and mental health of Latinx MSM.

Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Diaz is a community health scientist with over 15 years of experience working in Puerto Rico, the United States of America, and the Caribbean Region. He has lead several programs and studies addressing health inequities among populations made socially vulnerable including Latinxs, people with HIV, incarcerated populations, and sexual and gender minorities. He is currently conducting studies exploring social factors affecting the COVID-19 epidemic among Latinxs in the US. Dr. Rodriguez-Diaz is Associate Professor of Prevention and Community Health and Director of the Community-Oriented Primary Care Program at The George Washington University-Milken Institute School of Public Health. Carlos completed post-doctoral training in HIV and Global Health Research, a PhD in Public Health with a major in Community Health Education, and an MPH in Health Education. He has also completed post-graduate training in health policy, human rights, and health diplomacy.

Dr. Audrey Harkness is a psychologist and research assistant professor at the University of Miami in the Department of Public Health Sciences (Prevention Science and Community Health Division). Dr. Harkness’ research focuses on behavioral aspects of HIV-prevention and treatment, primarily within sexual and gender minority communities, with an increasing focus on Latinx sexual minority men. One of her current projects, the DÍMELO study, is exploring via mixed methods Latinx sexual minority men’s access to HIV-prevention and behavioral health services. With COVID-19 emerging as an urgent public health crisis in the US in the midst of data collection for the DÍMELO study, her team has developed quantitative and qualitative secondary projects to better understand the psychosocial and behavioral impact of COVID-19 on Latinx sexual minority men.