Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-12-08
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor


  WINDY CITY TIMES

2018 MIDWEST LGBTQ HEALTH SYMPOSIUM 'Assessment for Women and People with a Cervix' report unveiled
by Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times
2018-09-19

This article shared 1163 times since Wed Sep 19, 2018
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


During the fourth annual Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium, a report, "#ChicagoHealthLooksLike: Results of a Chicago-wide Community Needs and Strengths Assessment for Women and People with a Cervix," was unveiled Sept. 14 at one of the afternoon breakout sessions.

The symposium—presented by Howard Brown Health ( HBH ) and the Center for Education, Research and Advocacy—was moved from the JW Marriott Hotel to Malcolm X College in solidarity with the hotel workers who are participating in a citywide strike.

HBH Women's Health Manager Amy Miller and HBH Social Services Director Liz Weck were the driving forces behind this report and HBH commissioned The Morten Group in Oct. 2017 to do the survey which ran until Jan. 2018.

Following an introduction by HBH Policy, Strategy and Business Development Senior Vice President Michelle Wetzel, Weck spoke about the HBH's role in the community and their recent growth to include 45,000-plus patients at 11 sites across Chicago.

The Morten Group Senior Consulting Associate and University of Illinois at Chicago College of Urban Planning Adjunct Professor Keisha Farmer-Smith and The Morten Group Independent Consultant and DePaul University Master of Social Work graduate Vianney Leon were the session presenters.

Farmer-Smith explained what The Morten Group does and the importance they place on being intersectional and inclusive with everything they do. She said what was unique about this study was its inclusivity of all people with cervixes and how they view the healthcare they are receiving and what improvements can be made.

Ahead of the revealing the report's findings, Farmer-Smith and Leon conducted a focus group with the attendees breaking up into three groups to answer two questions: What are the most important healthcare factors and what are the most important healthcare services?

Leon spoke about the literature review portion of the study which found that healthcare seekers wanted providers who are a part of the LGBTQ community and are knowledgeable about the issues that are presented to them, for the transgender community there are a number of adverse healthcare-related outcomes that prevent them from accessing services, LGBTQ disclosure by patients to healthcare providers range from discrimination to affirmation and respect, women-identified members of the LGBTQ community use their social networks to find affirming healthcare and older Black LGBTQ women's barriers to good healthcare are due to non-healthcare related influences.

Farmer-Smith outlined that the methodology they used was "snowball" sampling, a non-probability method where one participant recommended other participants among their social group.

In terms of how they collected the data, Farmer-Smith explained the survey was open to everyone in the community and then the findings were filtered to only include those with cervixes. She said over 550 people who reside near HBH centers across Chicago answered questions either online, during community conversations or through individual interviews.

Leon presented the top ranked responses on healthcare factors and services by gender identity and sexual orientation as well as the overall top three ranked healthcare services they are looking for—onsite screening, general gynecology and mental health.

Famer-Smith presented the top-ranked responses on healthcare factors and services by race, education and income and age as well as the overall top five healthcare factors—including the friendliness of the front desk staff and coverage of women's and LGBTQI services. She also outlined the top five factors that hurt or delay LGBTQ people's ability to receive healthcare services: affordability, insurance coverage issues, discrimination, prior trauma in healthcare settings and the lack of knowledge about what services they need.

A moment of silence was observed in all sessions at 2 p.m. to remember the transgender and gender nonconforming people who have been killed.

Farmer-Smith told Windy City Times that the Chicago Community Trust will be doing a follow-up needs assessment on all aspects of LGBTQ life across all 77 Chicago neighborhoods beginning in October.


This article shared 1163 times since Wed Sep 19, 2018
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Abortion Rights Panel marks 49th anniversary with demand to defend historic Roe v Wade 2022-01-21
-- From a press release - CHICAGO — To commemorate the 49th anniversary of Roe v Wade, a diverse national panel of speakers will demand that the U.S. Supreme Court uphold Roe, defending 50 years of legal abortion, and that supporters mobilize ...


Gay News

COVID Chicago's top doctor 'hopeful' vaccine mandate will end by spring 2022-01-21
- Chicago's top physician is "hopeful" that Chicago's vaccination requirement for indoor dining and other public areas will be removed once the city's COVID-19 spread declines significantly, The Chicago Tribune noted. ...


Gay News

Planned Parenthood Illinois Action launches virtual Black Community Town Hall Series in February 2022-01-20
-- From a press release - CHICAGO - Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA) proudly announces a new Black Community Town Hall series in honor of Black History Month. The series of virtual discussions will tackle topics such as community wellness and care, ...


Gay News

'Jane's Army' to recruit, deploy pro-choice volunteers 2022-01-20
-- From a press release - Chicago, IL — Personal PAC, Men4Choice, and Future Voices Council have launched Jane's Army — a joint campaign to recruit activist volunteers to educate, motivate, and activate pro-choice voters ahead of the critical 2022 election. This ...


Gay News

Gilead: Patients received fake HIV drugs 2022-01-20
- Gilead Sciences Inc said an unauthorized network of drug distributors and suppliers sold pharmacies more than $250 million of counterfeit versions of its HIV treatments over the last two years, endangering patients, Reuters reported. The drugmaker ...


Gay News

COVID Mayor Lightfoot ends isolation 2022-01-18
- Five days after testing positive for COVID-19, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she is out of isolation, per CBS Chicago. "Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me and sent their well wishes. I am ...


Gay News

LaVine injured in Bulls' blowout loss to Golden State 2022-01-15
- The Chicago Bulls (27-13) haven't been together as an entire team in a while because of injuries and COVID-19 health protocols. According to The Chicago Tribune, the latest injury occurred roughly 3� minutes into the Jan. ...


Gay News

Veterans Administration health records now display gender identity 2022-01-14
-- Press release from The American Veterans for Equal Rights - WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs began including gender identifiers in its national medical record system in December 2021 to help VA providers better understand and meet the health care needs of Veterans. Providing this ...


Gay News

French gay and bisexual men can donate blood starting March 16 2022-01-13
- Starting in March, gay and bisexual French men will no longer be restricted from donating blood, The Hill reported. "We are ending an inequality that was no longer justified," French Minister for Solidarity and Health Olivier ...


Gay News

Global reports show pervasiveness of conversion therapy info 2022-01-12
- Two reports released from the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism (GPAHE) expose how tech companies have failed to de-platform anti-LGBTQ+ conversion therapy disinformation and ban providers pushing the discredited ...


Gay News

Center on Halsted states COVID requirements and is offering free testing [UPDATE] 2022-01-11
- Center on Halsted, in compliance with the City of Chicago public health order effective Jan. 3, requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for anyone (ages 5 and older) gathering in its ground-floor lobby area. Other events and ...


Gay News

COVID Chicago travel advisory remains unchanged 2022-01-11
- Chicago's COVID travel advisory remains the same. The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) did not add or remove any states or territories from its COVID-19 Travel Advisory on Jan. 11. For the second consecutive week, ...


Gay News

Mayor Lightfoot tests positive for COVID-19 2022-01-11
- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that she's tested positive for COVID-19. On Jan. 11, she issued a statement saying, "Earlier today, I tested positive for COVID-19. I am experiencing cold-like symptoms but otherwise feel fine which ...


Gay News

COVID Insurers to cover at-home tests 2022-01-11
- Beginning Saturday, Jan. 15, private health insurers will be required to cover up to eight home COVID-19 tests per month for people on their plans, The Chicago Tribune reported. The Biden administration announced the change Jan. ...


Gay News

Chicago Public Schools to reopen Jan. 12 2022-01-11
- Following a deadlock that spanned four school days, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) approved a proposal for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to resume in-person classes Wed., Jan. 12, The Chicago Tribune reported. The delegates also voted ...


 



Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.