As mentioned on our Home page, our research study began with a lot of listening and learning. We used community based research methods to engage with 60 trans women of color and 10 key informants from agencies that serve trans women. The purpose of this step was to inform the development of (a) community engagement approaches, (b) sampling and recruitment methods, and (c) questions for the quantitative survey. We spoke to a diverse group of people, from different parts of the city and of varied ages.
Needless to say, we learned a lot over the summer of 2015. If you happen to be someone who participated in a key informant interview or focus group, thank you for all of your support and time. It is challenging to condense everything we learned in a few sentences, so we decided to share a word cloud with you. For those of you wondering what that means, a word cloud is a visual representation of commonly used words or ideas. The bigger a word or phrase, the more it was said or spoken during our interviews. Take a look. But keep in mind that this visual does not do justice to the diverse, unique, and rich stories we heard. We promise to share more with you as we analyze our qualitative data.
After creating a survey that reflected the stories we heard during our qualitative research, we took it to the community. We recruited trans women of color in Baltimore and DC through outreach at community events, sharing study flyers at local LGBT community organizations, and especially, with support from our community partners. They did an amazing job spreading the word about our study. Around 50 trans women of color have participated in STROBE in Baltimore so far and almost 140 in DC. Below, we share some sociodemographic information about these trans women of color and their lives, all of which we learned because they were willing to take time out of their days to answer our questions.
186 participants so far - 49 in Baltimore and 137 in DC Mean age of 38.5 (range of 19 years to 82 years) 136 participants (73.1%) earned under the 2016 individual federal poverty 8 participants (4.3%) had no health insurance 136 participants (73.1%) were on medicare/medicaid
In the past 30 days, how often did you go to sleep hungry because you didn't have enough food?
Where do you usually go when you're sick or need healthcare? (select all that apply question)
Check out the Next Steps page to find out where the STROBE study is going from here.