Dr. Lauren Beach Appointed Associate Director of EDIT Program

Dr. Lauren Beach, ISGMH postdoctoral research fellow, was recently appointed to be the new associate director of the Evaluation, Data Integration and Technical Assistance (EDIT) program. A dedicated scholar and activist, Dr. Beach will play a critical role in continuing to grow the EDIT program’s capacity and reach, particularly around bisexual health, chronic health disparities among the SGM community, and monitoring and evaluation in clinic settings. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Lauren Beach’s Diabetes Research Receives Top Altmetric Score

Dr. Lauren Beach, an ISGMH postdoctoral research fellow, recently published a paper finding that lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning youth are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, be obese, and engage in less physical activity and more sedentary activities than heterosexual youth. This paper received the number one altmetric score, which is a high level score for the quantity and quality of online attention, for the journal Pediatric Diabetes. Continue Reading ▶︎

EDIT Program Releases Community Spotlight Podcast with David Jay

ISGMH’s Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance (EDIT) program recently released the third episode of their Community Spotlight Podcast. This podcast features a series of conversations with advocates, health educators, and researchers highlighting the importance of community engagement in improving the health and wellbeing of SGM individuals.

The guest for their third episode was David Jay, founder of the Asexuality Visibility and Education Network (AVEN)Continue Reading ▶︎

EDIT Program Releases Community Spotlight Podcast with Heather Corinna

ISGMH’s Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance (EDIT) program recently released the second episode of their Community Spotlight Podcast. This podcast features a series of conversations with advocates, health educators, and researchers highlighting the importance of community engagement in improving the health and wellbeing of SGM individuals.

The guest for their second episode was Heather Corinna, the founder and executive director of Scarleteen, a queer-led independent, grassroots sexuality and relationships education and support organization and website. Continue Reading ▶︎

EDIT Releases Call for Proposals: Community Award for Research and Evaluation Services (EDIT CARES)

ISGMH’s EDIT program just released a call for proposals for the Community Award for Research and Evaluation Services (EDIT CARES).

Individuals and organizations serving the sexual and gender minority community are encouraged to apply. The EDIT program will support the EDIT CARES awardee in a variety of ways, including conducting program evaluations, creating and administering surveys, managing and analyzing existing data, or providing other forms of technical assistance. Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH Responds to Planned CDC Rollback of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Questions in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

On May 17th, an official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released news that starting in 2019, states would no longer be given the option to include sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) questions as part of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). BRFSS is a population survey that collects behavioral health risk data at the state and local levels and has become a powerful tool for building health promotion activities that address health disparities in marginalized populations like the sexual and gender minority community. Continue Reading ▶︎

EDIT Director Named Co-Chair of the Getting to Zero Illinois Initiative’s Research, Data, and Evaluation Committee

Dr. Gregory Phillips II has been selected to lead the Research, Data, and Evaluation committee of the Getting to Zero Illinois initiative. He will serve along with co-chairs Dr. John Schneider at the University of Chicago’s Center for HIV Elimination, Diana Lemos from the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, and Nanette Benbow from the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research. Continue Reading ▶︎

Network Canvas Hosts Interactive Open House

Network Canvas recently welcomed researchers, students, and academics to their Open House on March 27th. Guests enjoyed short presentations from key project leaders while having the opportunity to demo Network Canvas software on various devices. Project leaders made themselves available to answer questions about the software’s design, functionality, and data collection methodology. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Lauren Beach Featured in ThinkProgress Article on Bisexual Health

Dr. Lauren Beach, an ISGMH postdoctoral research fellow, was recently featured in a ThinkProgress article focused on bisexual health. Published during Bisexual Health Awareness Month, the article detailed the barriers bisexual patients face when accessing mental health care. Dr. Beach pointed out that “while bisexual patients may experience similar stressors as gay, lesbian, and other monosexual patients, it has also been shown that bisexual people experience bisexual-specific minority stress.” Rather than general LBGT cultural competency trainings, Dr. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Gregory Phillips II Named Program Chair of the American Evaluation Association’s Social Network Analysis Topical Interest Group

We are excited to announce that Dr. Gregory Phillips II, director of the EDIT Program, has been named Program Chair of the American Evaluation Association (AEA)‘s Social Network Analysis Topical Interest Group (SNA TIG).

As Program Chair, Dr. Phillips will have an important role in determining the content of that branch of the American Evaluation Association’s annual conference. Continue Reading ▶︎