186416 LGBT of Color Sampling Methodology

Wednesday, October 29, 2008: 11:42 AM

Francisco O. Buchting, PhD , ETR Associates, Scotts Valley, CA
Pebbles Fagan, PhD, MPH , Tobacco Control Research Branch, BRP, DCCPS, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD
. Scout, PhD , National LGBT Tobacco Control Network, The Fenway Institute, Boston, MA
In 2006, National Cancer Institute, American Legacy Foundation, Tobacco Research Network on Disparities, and the Tobacco Related Disease Research Program convened an historic meeting of scientists to address the challenges of sampling lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people (LGBT) of color in tobacco research. The 2008 report that emerged from this meeting created a set of strategies to enhance LGBT of color research and outlined special considerations when working with these underserved populations.

Key findings from the report above will be presented and enhanced with lessons learned from a variety of projects that work with LGBT of color nationwide. These two information streams will form the backdrop for an educational session on reaching these high-need populations, and description of best strategies to employ in research and programmatic work targeting these populations.

Knowledge about eliminating tobacco disparities has been developed around communities of color and around lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people, but formation of strategies for eliminating disparities of LGBTs of color has lagged, often due to difficulties in obtaining research on these small populations. Nonetheless, evidence from communities of color research and LGBT general population research shows the high need for interventions in this population.

Learning Objectives:
Describe strategies for enhancing research to adequately sample or target LGBT of color. Explain key cultural competency issues related to these underserved populations. List key researcher, funder, and policy recommendations to enhance sampling for LGBT of color.

Keywords: Methodology, Vulnerable Populations

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was the lead in creating the meeting and report for the content presented.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.