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Linda Wesp, , MSN, RN, APNP, NP-C, AAHIVS

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee PhD
Home Milwaukee WI United States


Linda Wesp is a board certified family nurse practitioner and HIV Specialist. She has worked with the HIV and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) community since 2002 in a variety of community settings, with a passion for primary health care and research with transgender youth. She received her BSN from Loyola University Chicago Niehoff School of Nursing and her MSN from the University of Illinois Chicago College of Nursing. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing. Linda seeks to improve health care for transgender people through education of nurses and other health providers on evidence-based and gender-affirming care. She is also interested in participatory and mixed-methods research with racial/ethnic minority transgender youth who are disproportionately impacted by multiple health inequities, especially HIV. She participates in conferences at the national and international level, speaking on a variety of topics related to health care of LGBTQ populations. Linda sits on the Medical Advisory Board for the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health-University of California San Francisco and works as a family nurse practitioner at the Greater Milwaukee Center for Health and Wellness, Inc. Linda is currently a recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship and Chancellor’s Award at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is an inductee of the Sigma Theta Tau Honors Nursing Society and a Loyola University Chicago Presidential Scholar. She was a past recipient of the Howard Brown Health Center Spirit Award, Niehoff School of Nursing Service Award, Helene Fuld Trust Nursing Fellowship.


Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Nurse Leader – Community Health/Public Health/Epidemics
Dissertation: Transgender Youth Access to HIV Prevention Care: A Narrative Inquiry Study