Our first meeting with community members was January 21st, 2014. We were grateful to get input from folks at Red Door Clinic, Pride Institute, Midwest Community Development, and SHIFT. This was a chance for us to introduce ourselves and the study, giving an overview of prospective steps of the study and a rough timeline. We received valuable feedback, and have adapted our process based on this.
check out our prezi here:
There was concern about the accessibility of a town hall style meeting, and who would actually show up to this kind of event--would this really reflect who we are trying to reach? Because this study is intended to meet the needs of a broad community, it was advised that we spend more time and energy fostering community connections, meeting people where they are at, and having more of a presence at events, meetings, and community spaces to distribute the survey.
Stakeholders agreed that it would be more effective to change the design of the study and collect preliminary data before the town hall meeting, instead of using the meeting to inform the survey questions. These changes have been submitted and approved by the IRB.
The survey will be in English, Spanish, and Somali to address the needs of the communities we've identified as most affected by disparities in HIV-related care.
We want to consider the long term effects of this research and the impact it could have on community. We will continue to solicit feedback on ideas of ongoing programming that could benefit trans* community and HIV resources in the Twin Cities.
Our revised timeline looks like this:
-growing our personal connections, reaching out by phone to orgs who didn't respond to the email
-send change of protocol to IRB
-develop survey, get feedback
-survey finalized by end of FEB
-launch survey in mid- March
-establish outreach opportunities: social media, flyering, homeless shelters, kink groups, sex workers, Gay 90's, ball scene, safer sex organizations