The LGBT Health & Development Program


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Thank you for your interest in helping the IMPACT Program achieve our mission to conduct translational research that improves the health of the LGBT community and increases understanding of the development of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Through your contribution, you can help bring IMPACT’s innovative research directly to the community and to stakeholders who have the power to create programs and policies that will reduce inequities and improve the health of LGBT people. Support from donors funds projects that generate and disseminate the program’s research and recommendations:

The IMPACT Program website
Our website, which receives over 15,000 views per month, serves as a clearinghouse for all things LGBT health, with a particular focus on the needs of LGBT youth. We create educational videos on topics such as healthy relationships, HIV testing and prevention, and coming out. We provide education for parents who are seeking guidance on supporting their LGBT child. Our reports are used by policy makers to inform allocations for LGBT health issues. Your support allows us to hire staff with expertise in web design, online education, and video production and to pay for our web hosting.

Outreach activities that catalyze the Chicago community to focus on LGBT health
Each year we co-organize the LGBTQ Health and Wellness Conference, which brings 200 researchers, clinicians, and community members together to showcase new research related to the LGBT community.

The next generation of LGBT scholars
IMPACT trains undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, medical students/residents, and early career faculty. In the past year alone, IMPACT Trainees served as first author on 12 peer-reviewed publications. Additionally, many of these trainees have gone on to obtain competitive grants, fellowships, and extramural funding from agencies like the NIH.

Translational research initiatives
IMPACT has a track record of winning competitive grants to conduct research, but there is little funding available to take research findings and apply them as best practices for services and healthcare in the community. With your support we can help move our science “from the lab bench to the patient bedside.”

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Your donation is tax deductible because the IMPACT Program is part of Northwestern University, a private, not for profit 501(c)(3) organization. Please use the link below to make a tax deductible donation through Northwestern University’s secure, online giving page dedicated to the IMPACT Program. Upon submission, you will receive an email confirmation for your records.

Many employers match donations to academic institutions. If your donation will be matched, please let us know on the online giving page. We appreciate your support!

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