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 ▶︎

EDIT Launches the Community Award for Research and Evaluation Services (CARES)

The EDIT Program is proud to announce the creation of a new award to support the innovative work of community organizations to improve the health and wellbeing of sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals. EDIT CARES (Community Award for Research and Evaluation Services) will fund EDIT staff time to provide pro-bono evaluation, data integration, or other technical assistance services to community organizations based in Chicagoland focusing on SGM populations. Continue Reading ▶︎

Multiple ISGMH Faculty Members Awarded Daniel I. Linzer Grants for Innovation in Diversity and Equity

We are proud to announce that two projects proposed by ISGMH faculty members were selected for Daniel I. Linzer Grants for Innovation in Diversity and Equity. The Linzer grants are sponsored by the Office of the Provost and fund innovative and novel faculty projects that will enhance Northwestern University’s mission of education and research through improved diversity and inclusion. Continue Reading ▶︎

EDIT Builds Visibility at American Evaluation Association’s Annual Conference in Washington, DC

Over five thousand evaluators from around the world gathered from November 6th to November 11th in Washington, DC for Evaluation 2017, the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). The theme of the conference, “From Learning to Action,” focused on improving the field of evaluation to have a more significant impact on the communities in which they are doing work. Continue Reading ▶︎

EDIT Program Cohosts Groundbreaking Bisexual Health Event

On November 2nd, the Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance (EDIT) program partnered with the Black Treatment Action Network (BTAN), the Department of Health and Human Services Regional Resource Network Program Region 5, Project RSP, Project Elevate, and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC),  to host the “We See You: Countering the Invisibility of Bisexual Health” conference. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Gregory Phillips II Awarded CDPH Infrastructure Building Grant

Dr. Gregory Phillips II, assistant professor of Medical Social Sciences and director of the Evaluation, Data Integration and Technical Assistance (EDIT) Program within ISGMH, has been awarded an infrastructure building grant by the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). This grant will improve the Evaluation Center’s capacity to support community agencies serving sexual and gender minority populations on both local and national scales through evaluation of participating sites and provision of relevant technical assistance. Continue Reading ▶︎