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2018 Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment

On Wednesday, October 17, Morten Group, in partnership with the LGBT Community Fund of the Chicago Community Trust, kicked off the 2018 Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment at Howard Brown Health – Clark. During this launch, Morten Group shared the 2011 Community Needs Assessment data and presented the 2018 Community Needs Assessment process.

To access the survey link for the 2018 LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment, click [HERE].

 

LGBTQ: What’s New?

In the fall of 2011, Morten Group conducted the LGBT Community Needs Assessment (LCNA) on behalf of the LGBT Community Fund at The Chicago Community Trust. Over 2,000 individuals participated, and the information we gathered informed three subsequent rounds of grantmaking by the LGBT Community Fund, which you can read about [HERE]. You can read the summary of findings [HERE].

The world has changed so much over the past seven years – so we’re launching round two of the assessment! For this reason, The LGBT Community Fund has again partnered with Morten Group to launch a new assessment. “LGBTQ: What’s New?” will be designed to capture the strengths, assets, needs and challenges of today’s 2018 Chicagoland LGBTQ community, primarily via an online survey.

There has not been a comprehensive needs assessment of the Chicago area’s LGBTQ community conducted since our last one in 2011, and in general there is not enough data available about LGBTQ populations nationwide, making this effort hugely significant not only to inform future grantmaking decisions by The LGBT Community Fund of The Chicago Community Trust, but for community representation in research literature more broadly. A community needs assessment happens only with the support and participation of folks in the community.

To access the survey link for the 2018 LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment, click [HERE].

 

Kicking Off the 2018 Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment at Howard Brown Health – Clark. L to R: Mary F. Morten, President, Morten Group, LLC; Kristin Keglovitz Baker, Chief Operating Officer, Howard Brown Health; Denise C. Foy, Co-Chair, The LGBT Community Fund; Adnaan Hamid, Co-Chair, The LGBT Community Fund; and Bob Eichinger, Director of Donor Services, The Chicago Community Trust

Photo credit: Timmy Samuel, Starbelly Studios Photography

 

Presenting Data at the 2018 Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment at Howard Brown Health – Clark. L to R: Jessica Kadish-Hernandez, Consulting Associate, Morten Group, LLC and Keisha Farmer-Smith, Senior Consulting Associate and Methodological Lead, Morten Group, LLC

 

Photo credit: Timmy Samuel, Starbelly Studios Photography

 

*Additional photos from the 2018 Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment launch can be found here.

WBEZ

On October 24, Morten Group’s Keisha Farmer-Smith and Chicago LGBT Fund’s Adnaan Hamid speak about the 2018 LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment sharing the purpose and meaning behind the assessment, as well as what the process entails. To listen, click [HERE].

E3 RADIO

On November 29, E3 Radio shared the importance about the 2018 Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment. Morten Group’s Keisha Farmer-Smith calls in to the show and shared results from the 2011 data, the background of the needs assessment, and the changes and purpose of the 2018 LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment survey. To listen, click [HERE].

WINDY CITY TIMES

On January 15, Windy City Times assisted in spreading the word about the Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment deadline. Dr. Keisha Farmer-Smith shares, “We must have meaningful participation in the data collection activities so we can make sure that the reality of people’s lives is being reflected in the grant-making by the community fund.” To read more, click [HERE].

CHICAGO READER

On January 17, the Chicago Reader released an article to assist in the push of the Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment survey during the final two weeks of the data collection period. “The fund will use the results from the survey to inform its grant-making decisions to organizations that serve the 146,000 Chicagoans who have self-identified to the Chicago Department of Public Health as LGBT,” states Chappell. To read more, click [HERE].

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