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Taylor’s Interdisciplinary Team Receives Obermann Grant

Janette Taylor

A research team consisting of Janette Taylor, Ph.D., RN, WHNP-BC, FAAN, associate professor at UI’s College of Nursing, Rachel Williams (associate professor, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences) and Nicole Nisly (professor, Carver College of Medicine) has received an Obermann Center for Advanced Studies Interdisciplinary Research Grant for their project, “A Holistic Model of Wellness and Care for LGBTQI People.” The grant will provide support and a physical location for this interdisciplinary team to further develop their research.

{The abstract for the team’s project can be found below}

This collaborative group proposes to create a mixed method study including a survey, focus groups and case studies to learn more about the health care experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and intersex (LGBTQI) people. The outcome of this study would be a holistic model of health care and wellness that addresses not only medical issues, but also legal ramifications, unintended consequences, discrimination, and social stigmas faced by members of the LGBTQI community. In addition to this, a variety of scholarly products are also anticipated including journal articles, conference presentations, graphic essays, and creative non-fiction pieces. The LGBTQI health care clinic at UIHC would be the main site of much of our fieldwork but the survey would also include populations across and outside of Iowa.

The research plan thus far has two phases. In phase 1 and throughout the process of this study, members of the LBGTQI community would be consulted about research protocols, questions, interview procedures, confidentiality, and survey construction, distribution and dissemination.

In the second phase, we would expand our methodology to include methods related to participatory community research. We plan to put the model we design in place at the LGBTQI health care clinic during the second phase so that it can become a model site for practitioners and so that the clinic can enhance and continue to offer high quality holistic care. Most research on this community has focused on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and mental health issues. Very little work has been done that includes issues of race/ethnicity and class. We hope to create a transdisciplinary model that is informed by intersectionality with a focus on social justice and human rights.

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Posted On: 
Dec 12th, 2013