Our survey is viral! Check it out at http://tinyurl.com/UMNthiv
Time flies! Here is a brief timeline of how our project has developed thus far:
February-May: Met with community members to help design our survey, plan our outreach/recruitment strategies, and strengthen community relationships. Partner organizations include: Minnesota Trans Health Coalition, Avenues for Homeless Youth, Youthlink, TYSN, Family Tree Clinic, Red Door Clinic, Rainbow Health Initiative, RECLAIM LGBT, Pride Institute, Minnesota Aids Project/Pride Alive, and Outfront MN. We decided to postpon our town hall meeting until this Fall, when it will serve as a data release/feedback and community art event.
June: Survey launched online, with promotion at MN Pride events and the Philly Trans* Health Conference. Our research team was sad to say goodbye to Cesar Gonzalez, who has moved on to the Mayo Clinic.
July: First on-site survey taking event at the Exchange in South Minneapolis. 20 in attendance, with free HIV testing and PrEP assessments.
Coming up next....
Our next steps will be to host survey taking events in North Minneapolis and St Paul, with a focus on reaching transwomen, transpeople of color, and transmen who have sex with men. Data collection is scheduled to close as of October 1st, 2014. We are very close to reaching our goal of 200 study participants!
Stay tuned for updates on our data release and community arts event this Fall!
As our study draws to a close, we want to make sure folks know how to follow our progress.