Our Health 2023: On the Road!

This summer, CBRC’s Our Health study will be on the road! We will be at community-based events (including Pride festivals) to connect with 2S/LGBTQQIA+ community members and collect data as part of our Canada-wide community health study. We want you to add your voice to help us support the health of 2S/LGBTQQIA+ people by improving programs, services, and policies.

We know that as 2S/LGBTQQIA+ people, we experience a significant number of unique and complex barriers to accessing mental, physical, sexual, spiritual, and cultural health services. For those of us navigating intersecting oppressions, this can be especially challenging. Conducting an in-person, Canada-wide national community health survey will allow us to learn about our communities’ experiences and their needs — this will help us collectively make important recommendations to decision makers on what we need!

Community-Based Research Centre, Egale Canada, The Enchanté Network, and 2 Spirits in Motion Society are collaborating on this groundbreaking national project that will look into the current state of health among people in our communities. We want to understand what life is like for 2S/LGBTQQIA+ people across Canada. How’s your mental and physical health? Your spiritual wellness? Your romantic or sex life (if applicable)? How are you managing your chronic health condition? All participants will receive $10 cash for completing the survey.

We especially want to hear from community members who are living with chronic health conditions. We are using an expansive understanding of chronic health, to ensure that people living with conditions that are under-represented or less understood can feel included in this work. Living with chronic pain? A cancer survivor? Have a mental health condition? We want to hear from you.

The Principal Investigator for this project is Nathan Lachowsky at the University of Victoria. For more information on this research project, you can contact our team via:

So, come and see us on the road! Our tour schedule is below. Please note that Pride dates are subject to change, so be sure to check the Pride organization’s event pages directly to confirm dates.



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Following the launch of the Our Health 2023 survey summer road tour last week, we’re excited to share the following media mentions:

  • Anu Radha Verma, CBRC Research Manager of Our Health spoke with CBC Manitoba’s Faith Fundal on the importance of asking 2S/LGBTQQIA+ people and communities about their experiences with chronic health — listen here.
  • Ben Klassen, CBRC Research Manager, joined CBC’s The Early Edition with Stephen Quinn to talk about the Our Health survey and our plans to visit Pride festivals and community events across Canada this summer — listen here.
  • Health survey at Pride events aims to broaden knowledge on chronic conditions — read here.
  • 2S/LGBTQQIA+ health study comes to Winnipeg — read here.
  • Vancouver Pride aims to “Reconnect” with its 2023 season — read here.

This is a summary of the Our Health 2023 study you agreed to participate in for your reference. (Click here to view as a PDF)

Who can I contact if I have any questions about the study?

If you have any questions or need more information about the study, please contact our study team toll-free at 1-844-900-2279 or by email at [email protected]. You can also review a full copy of the consent form here: https://www.cbrc.net/our_health

The Principal Investigator for this study is Dr. Nathan Lachowsky ([email protected], 250-472-5739).

What is the study about and what did I do?

You completed a 15-minute survey about the health of 2S/LGBTQQIA+ people. You may have also completed a dried blood spot test to screen your sample for HIV, hepatitis C, and/or syphilis. If requested, you will get your results by email or phone in the next 3 months that you can share with a healthcare provider.

Who can I contact if I have a concern about my rights as a participant?

This research has been reviewed by the University of Victoria’s Research Ethics Board and conforms to the standards of the Canadian Tri-Council Research Ethics guidelines. In addition, you may verify the ethical approval of this study, or raise any concerns you might have, by contacting the Human Research Ethics Office at the University of Victoria (250-472-4545 or [email protected]).

What are my rights?

This study is completely voluntary. Your responses will remain confidential. If you provided your name, you can request to have your data removed at any time up until 6 months after the study ends. If you chose to provide a blood sample, you will remain the owner of the sample and can control what our research team does with it. You can withdraw your sample at any time. You may also choose to have your sample returned to you, destroyed, or retained for future testing.

Who are you sharing data and findings with?

The information that you provide will be shared with the research team at the Community-Based Research Centre and University of Victoria. The data may be shared with other researchers who are interested in the health of 2S/LGBTQQIA+ people later, but this will not include your name or contact information. We will share our findings with academic, government, and community groups, but you will not be identified in these results.

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