Supporting Trans Research and Opportunities in the Baltimore/DC Environment
Check out the STROBE Study findings [here]!
Thank you for visiting our page and taking the time to learn more about the STROBE study. We appreciate you being here. This study aims to explore and develop a response to the burden of HIV among adolescent and adult transgender women of color (TWOC) living in Baltimore and Washington, DC. We hope it will inform future policy and how services for trans women are both developed and delivered.
Another research study? Really?
We happen to live in a world where numbers matter. A collection of numbers can be used to convey a powerful story. That is the goal here. To support transgender women of color (TWOC) living in Baltimore and Washington, DC to tell THEIR stories about THEIR experiences, everyday challenges and needs, and strengths. We hope that the STROBE data can be used by transgender-led support and advocacy organizations, social services providers, healthcare professionals, public health practitioners, and policy makers to design effective interventions and supports for and with trans communities.
The Quick and Dirty
Our study began with a period of listening and learning in Baltimore City. We spoke to almost 60 transgender women of color from across Baltimore and 10 key informants, who work for organizations that provide services to or advocate for the local transgender community. During focus groups and qualitative interviews, we asked participants to share how they feel we should approach community engagement and recruitment of study participants. We learned a lot about how to conduct research respectfully and authentically in partnership with the transgender community. Key informants also had the opportunity to tell us what kinds of data their organizations need to improve programs and better serve transgender people. Based on all the opinions, perspectives, questions and stories heard, the research team developed a survey about HIV risk and vulnerability, among other health needs, experienced by TWOC in Baltimore.
We launched the survey phase of our study in Baltimore in March 2016 and then expanded the study to the Washington DC metro area in February 2017. Data collection ended in May 2017 and by that time, 201 TWOC had participated in the STROBE Study, 146 TWOC from the DC metro area and 55 from the Baltimore metro area. Since then, we have worked on analyzing and presenting data that highlights key needs and experiences of TWOC.
Learn more about the stories emerging from the data [here].
Please visit the Progress So Far page to read more about the study process and [here] to learn more about the study data and our findings.
If visiting this website becomes triggering or upsetting at any time, please see our Resources page to learn about services, programs and support groups for transgender women of color in Baltimore and DC. That being said, please know that our website is a safe online space for anyone who chooses to explore what we have shared. No one can track your presence here, and your confidentiality is of utmost importance to us. Please feel comfortable, respected, and valued as you read through our content or if you choose to reach out to us. Thank you for being here.