Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC) is seeking up to seven (7) Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, questioning, trans, non-binary, intersex, asexual, and other people with diverse sexual and gender identities (2S/LGBTQQIA+) from across Canada to support a new qualitative research project on sexual, reproductive, and gender-affirming health care focused on non-clinical settings. As Community Advisors, individuals will provide guidance for project activities.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, access to in-person clinical sexual and reproductive health care shifted dramatically. Many 2S/LGBTQQIA+ people had less access to services such as STBBI testing, fertility clinics, and abortion services, as well as being impacted by the delay or cancellation of surgeries including gender-affirming surgeries. New options such as virtual care were introduced or expanded — options that are emerging modalities and may be here to stay.
CBRC’s project, tentatively titled Meet us where we’re at, is trying to understand:
- What 2S/LGBTQQIA+ people need and want in terms of sexual, reproductive, and gender-affirming health care outside of typical clinical settings.
- The experiences of health care providers who deliver sexual, reproductive, and gender-affirming health care to 2S/LGBTQQIA+ people
Through interviews and focus groups, we hope to be able to identify recommendations for policy and practice change, to reduce barriers that 2S/LGBTQQIA+ people face.
Role of Community Advisors
Community Advisors play a key role in the project, working closely with the research team at CBRC, providing feedback and insights on development of interview guides, promotional materials, data analysis, and research outputs (e.g. community reports). The time commitment is for 7 months (up to 5 hours/month), starting in September 2023)
Requirements of Community Advisors:
- Self-identify as 2S/LGBTQQIA+
- 16 or older
- Living in Canada
- Interest in or experience with sexual, reproductive, and gender-affirming health care in Canada
- Able to communicate in English
- Available for up to 5 hours per month for
- Training and orientation (likely to be self-paced)
- Meetings every other month (September, November, January, March), which can be attended by zoom or phone
- Review of documents in between meetings
We are especially interested in Community Advisors who bring any of the following lived experiences:
- Two-Spirit folks
- Indigenous folks
- Trans and non-binary folks
- Black folks
- Racialized folks
- Immigrant, newcomer, refugee, and non-status folks
- Folks who are or considering becoming parents/parenting
- Disabled folks
Benefits to Community Advisors:
- Honorarium of $1000 for attending all meetings and active participation in between meetings
- Opportunity to meet and connect with other 2S/LGBTQQIA+ people
- Opportunity to be part of a community-based research project
- Thank you and reference letter
- Opportunity to, if desired, be named in public-facing documents (e.g. community reports)