Alaska Native LGBTQ community invited to take part in survey for outreach and education initiativeAugust 4, 2017
The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s HIV/STD Prevention Program is launching a new Alaska Native Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer (LGBTQ) Initiative as part of its www.iknowmine.org outreach and education efforts. iknowmine is an statewide health and wellness resource website for Alaska Native youth, parents, educators and providers. The goal of this new initiative is to help develop educational materials, prevention messages, programs and resources for Alaska Native youth and adults who identify as LGBTQ and their health care providers.
To inform the Alaska Native LGBTQ initiative, the ANTHC HIV/STD Prevention Program is currently conducting an online survey to gain more insight about the health and well-being of the Alaska Native LGBTQ community. This is the first survey of its kind. To take the survey, please go to www.iknowmine.org/ANLGBTQproject. Participants can opt to receive a Spawn Safely T-shirt and/or a $25 gift card as a thank you for their time.
The information from the online survey will provide the foundation for the following initiative components:
- Alaska Native LGBTQ sexual health education and outreach
- Community education and awareness
- Provider education and training on culturally competent and LGBTQ-inclusive care
- Promotion of LGBTQ-inclusive health care policies
LGBTQ individuals are at greater risk for many health issues, such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, and cancer or suicide. However, there is a gap in knowledge about Alaska Native people who identify as LGBTQ and how best to meet their needs. This lack of information limits health prevention and outreach efforts to improve the health and well-being of all members of the Alaska Native community.
If you would like to learn more about the Alaska Native LGBTQ initiative, please contact the ANTHC HIV/STD Prevention program at firstname.lastname@example.org or (907) 729-3927.