Originally published by Ken Schneck, The Buckeye Flame
A unique – and vital – Cleveland LGBTQ+ community needs assessment is set to launch
A community needs assessment is being conducted in Greater Cleveland by nearly 100 local community organizations led by Kent State University’s College of Public Health and funded by Cleveland Foundation and The George Gund Foundation. The aim is to identify and tackle the most pressing issues of the LGBTQ+ community and develop strategies and recommendations for improving their lives. The assessment is being conducted by employing community-based participatory research (CBPR) principles to identify priorities to meet individual needs. This assessment will help identify the unique needs and challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals, which can be helpful in developing more tailored interventions, programs and policies to address them. This study is expected to last two years and will cover Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, and Lorain.