Our vision for this assessment is to build on the smaller LGBTQ+ health assessment done by Stephen Young, Phd and Mary B. Smith, MSW, LICSW-PIP in 2019, widening the scope of the assessment (from health to comprehensive needs) and soliciting a wider and more racially and socioeconomically diverse participant population.
Using community-based participatory research, the project’s academic team led by UPenn doctoral candidate Mary Smith is developing our survey tool and seeking IRB approval through the University of South Alabama. Twenty-one community partner organizations are guiding the effort and contributing resources for the study. Dr. Sarah MacCarthy, Sc.D. of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health is serving as a consultant.
Participating on the academic team are Dr. Jenna Pfleeger, Dr. Rebecca Sollie, Dr. Franklin Trimm, Dr. Amy Upton, Dr. Natalie Fox, Shey Thomas-Thorn, MPH, and medical students Taran Carrasco and Alana Fortune. The survey will have tracks for LGBTQ+ youth and adults. A survey for K-12 school teachers and counselors is being considered.
The initial timeline for the project has been revised and as of August 2022, the youth track of the survey is almost complete and ready for focus group testing. It is planned to have the complete survey tool ready by the end of 2022, with data collection continuing through early spring 2023 and results and analysis complete in the summer or fall.
The survey may be adapted in the next phase to include:
AIDS Alabama South
MedPride and Allies
Center for Fair Housing
LGBTQ+ Liaisons City of Mobile
Door to Serenity
Rainbow Pride of Mobile
Trans Pride of Mobile
Southern Transgender Alliance
Order of Pan
Order of Osiris
Black Empowerment Team
Ambitiously Him and Her King Foundation
Independent Living Center of Mobile
Black Belt Community Foundation
We The Change Mobile
Citrus and Cane
Krewe of Phoenix
Mobile County Health Department