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Community Health Workers & Medical Librarians Promoting Health in LGBTQ+ Communities

Participate

We are looking for LGBTQIA+ adults (18+) from SC who are interested in becoming community health workers (CHWs) to participate in a research and training project. If you or someone you know is from SC, LGBTQIA+, and passionate about LGBTQIA+ health, please send them the link to this website.

Training

CHWs are trusted community members who serve as critical points of support and access for health information and resources. CHW training will provide participants with the tools and support to continue helping their LGBTQIA+ communities get the care they need. Training and curriculum components will be developed in collaboration with the Arnold School of Public Health’s Center for Community Health Alignment

Partnership

During the training, participants will be partnered with a medical librarian to create an informational resource for their LGBTQIA+ community. Examples could be a database of medical professionals vetted as safe and trusted by community members, a shared document containing information on specific medical issues or procedures, or a virtual platform for medical reference. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with medical professionals at a community forum following the training. 

Research

Participants will also provide input that will help our research team understand how their LGBTQIA+ communities create, seek, share, and use health information. Their input will also help build a training program for other CHWs and medical librarians. The training is free and participants will be paid for their time participating in the research portion of the project.

To be eligible for this project, individuals must identify as LGBTQIA+, live in SC, and be 18 or older. CHWs have other characteristics that we are looking for: they are trusted community members, as well as people who are empathetic, resourceful, and interested in supporting members of their community. If this sounds like you, please provide us with some information about you and sign up for an hour-long interest meeting to hear more about the project. Please note that all of your information will be kept confidential. 

Want more information?

This study has been approved by the University of South Carolina's Institutional Review Board. View the letter approving the study. If you have any questions about the rights of research participants in this study, please call them at 803-777-6670 or email them at lisaj@mailbox.sc.edu.


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