Engaging LGBTQ Communities in Community-Partnered Participatory Research: Lessons From the Resilience Against Depression Disparities Study
Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
Background: The Resilience Against Depression Disparities (RADD), a community partnered, randomized comparative effectiveness study, aimed to address mental health in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) racial/ethnic populations in New Orleans and Los Angeles. Objectives: To describe engagement methods, lessons learned, and recommendations in engaging LGBTQ individuals and agencies throughout the RADD study. Methods: RADD used a community partnered participatory research framework to engage LGBTQ community members and agencies. Observational and quantitative data were collected to describe engagement activities and study adaptations from October 2016 to May 2019. Results: Our partnered approach resulted in multiple study adaptations. The principles of cultural humility, co-leadership, and addressing health determinants were impor-tant to successful engagement with LGBTQ community members and study participants. We recommend maintain-ing cultural humility as the tenant of all research activities. Conclusions: This project’s engagement plan demonstrates that community-academic partnerships can be forged to create and modify existing study models for LGBTQ communities.
Johns Hopkins University Press [University Publisher]
Sugarman, Olivia K.; Wennerstrom, Ashley; Pollock, Miranda; Griffith, Krystal; Rey, Emily; Vargas, Sylvanna M.; Haywood, Catherine; Meyers, Diana; Smith, Jessie; Williams, Clarence R.; Williams, Pluscedia; Bonds, Curley; Springgate, Benjamin; Miranda, Jeanne; and Chung, Bowen, "Engaging LGBTQ Communities in Community-Partnered Participatory Research: Lessons From the Resilience Against Depression Disparities Study" (2021). School of Public Health Faculty Publications. 17.