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Antón Castellanos Usigli

2020 Cheng Fellow

Antón Castellanos Usigli is a DrPH candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a public health leader with more than a decade-long career in sexual health and sexual rights. He is currently a consultant for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Global Public Health Institute at the University of Miami and as well as a consultant for Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, where he served as the Director of HIV/STI Prevention.

At Wyckoff, he was instrumental in designing and developing sexual health programs that deliver services such as HIV/STI testing, STI treatment, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), and linkage to HIV medical care to hundreds of clients every year. In 2016, he started an innovative online outreach strategy that has successfully linked more than 300 men who have sex with men to HIV/STI prevention services through dating apps. NBC News, The Guardian, and Vox have featured Antón’s work of HIV prevention in Brooklyn. As a Cheng Fellow, Antón will expand this online outreach project to improve the sexual health of gay and bisexual men across the United States.

Antón is a Member of the Global Advisory Board (GAB) for Sexual Health and Wellbeing, a group of sexual health experts brought together by Durex, that has developed the “triangle approach”. This new conceptual framework links sexual health, sexual rights, and sexual pleasure with implications for public health programs and policies worldwide. He is also a Member of the National Board of Directors of PFLAG, the largest organization in the United States, uniting LGBTQ people with families, friends, and allies. Antón has a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University, a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and has been a speaker in Congresses across twelve countries.