On Friday, February 24, 2012, Lee Carson a research associate in PHMC’s Research and Evaluation Group, joined leaders across the nation at the White House for a policy briefing for emerging black LGBT leaders. Carson conducts PHMC research related to the LGBT community and has served as the president of the Black Gay Men's Leadership Council for the last six years. The policy briefing provided the opportunity to interact directly with senior administration officials, identify opportunities to collaborate, provide the White House and agency staff with feedback and more. Carson has worked in the areas of HIV prevention and substance abuse rehabilitation in the LGBT population for the past 13 years.