The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) Adolescent Health Study was a research initiative that engaged a diverse range of stakeholders, both adolescent and adult, on the topic of LGBTQ adolescent health in Louisville, Kentucky. It was the first phase of a project to improve LGBTQ adolescent health outcomes, policies, and practices. Using a mixed methods approach, this phase explored the health issues that affect LGBTQ young people in Louisville as well as the barriers to, and facilitators of good LGBTQ adolescent health in Louisville. Research activities consisted of surveys and focus groups with adolescents and adult stakeholders. Surveys and focus groups with LGBTQ youths explored diverse topics pertaining to health and social experiences while qualitative interviews with adult stakeholders examined their health beliefs, experiences, knowledge, and local priorities as it related to LGBTQ adolescent health in Louisville.
In 2019, Community Research Louisville launched a health campaign created in partnership with local medical professionals, public health professionals, and community members. Following an expert presentation on depression, facilitated discussions, and voting exercises, the Community Advisory Council developed a multifaceted health communication campaign called Embrace the Journey. This campaign was targeted towards parents of LGBTQ+ adolescents in Louisville and surrounding counties. The goal was to create awareness and provide resources for parents of LGBTQ+ youth at risk of experiencing depression, anxiety or suicide. The key campaign message was: A parent’s support makes all the difference. The campaign included five unique images and was implemented from September 2019 through November 2019. The campaign was featured on digital billboards in downtown Louisville and shared widely on social media platforms Facebook and Instagram.
We are currently writing up the results of the study for publication.
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