The LGBT Health & Development Program

IMPACT and Center on Halsted Honored with Community-Engaged Research Partnership Award

Posted on April 10th, 2015 by IMPACT in Featured, Research Blog. No Comments

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L-R: George Greene, Ph.D., Michael Newcomb, Ph.D., and Julie Walther accept the 4th Annual Community-Engaged Research Partnership Award. Photo credit: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

On April 2, 2015, the IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program and Center on Halsted were honored with the 4th Annual Community-Engaged Research Partnership Award from The Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC).

ARCC established this award to recognize community-engaged research partnerships that exemplify strong collaborative community research principles and have made an impact on the health of their community. ARCC is part of the Center for Community Health serving Northwestern University’s Institute for Public Health and Medicine and Clinical and Translational sciences Institute.

Together IMPACT and the Center have been collaborating as “The Partnership to Advance LGBT Health and Wellness” for the past five years on innovative community-engaged research projects aimed at improving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health, promoting HIV prevention and treatment, and developing new training initiatives for healthcare professionals serving the LGBT community.

This academic-community partnership utilizes a translational research approach, aiming to turn the fascinating but complicated language of science into findings that can be used by practitioners in real world settings. The collaboration has steadily grown into a synergistic partnership, whereby research infrastructure and IMPACT Program staff are embedded in the community and valued as an essential component of the Center’s programming.

Key initiatives that the Partnership has implemented are Keep It Up! 1.5, a three year, city-wide service project aimed at preventing HIV among young men who have sex with men; the nation’s first clinical psychology internship track focused on LGBT health, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration; and the annual LGBT Health Conference, bringing researchers and practitioners together to discuss emerging research in LGBT health.

The Partnership recently launched a new co-branded LGBT health center at Center on Halsted, with a bio-behavioral lab supported by the Feinberg School of Medicine. Coinciding with the launch is enrollment for RADAR, an $8.7 million study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and IMPACT’s largest study to date. Integrating RADAR and other studies, such as ChiGuys, into the Center better serves participants by ensuring immediate linkage to HIV care and wrap-around services for any youth testing HIV-positive and creates a more seamless experience for LGBT youth, many of whom access programs from both organizations.

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