Strengthening the health and well being of gay men
Is HIV all there is?   {   assessing health needs of gay men and other men       who have sex with men using a formative  ...
Community ConsultationCommunities and                     HIM, other Populations of                    health-related Gay ...
Project Background   Surprising lack of knowledge around describing the    communities and populations of gay men and OMSM
Strengthening the health and well being of gay men
Objectives Who are the populations and communities of gay  men and other men who have sex with men  Vancouver? What are ...
Identifying InitialPopulations Exercise undertaken with HIM and other  organizations who work with gay men and OMSM Iter...
   Literature in HIV vulnerability in hard to reach    populations   Ethnographic Questioning   Health Needs Assessment
In-Person Engagement Organizations in the community Acted as gatekeepers or interactors to certain  populations Connect...
Online   Online Discussions Aggregate a list of sites/apps Assess how they are used Engage websites Questionnaire
Sex Venues Initial most popular locations Branched to other locations as well Respectful Approach
Response Engaged with almost 200 guys in the lower  mainland in person Over 400 including guys who engaged online Posit...
Final Notes Report should be available publically before the end  of the year HIV but also other health issues Respectf...
Ian Anderson    ian@checkhimout.ca    http://checkhimout.caThank you
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  • Brief history of HIMOffer programming & services in four key areas of healthHIM positioned in Vancouver unique organization for gay men but recognizing that HIM can’t reach everyoneInteractions with OMSMIn terms of the issues that we deal with esp related to heatlh information, but also to mental health, uniquely positioned to learn more about OMSMBut can't reach everyone – transition to Community Consultation approach
  • Talk about exciting project that I am involved in – hired in June How to better disseminate informationDescribe populations and communities of gay men and omsm
  • This is part of the feedback at this summit
  • We’ve heard about the many issues over the last days. but to develop programming and services that HIM etc can use – The rhetoric around gay men’s health has been dominated by the an HIV discourse, which although is important, as we are well aware, is not the only component to achieving the health and well being of gay men.Anecdotal evidence about other guys out there…Some past examples : sex now – terry mentioned yesterday the amount of data that they have accumulated and specifically looking at the different experiences of Gay men and OMSM – will be interested in further analysis to see what that looks like for region specific.ManCount (copies available here) done last year – venue-based recruitment: uncovered some stats that are useful: 2.5 % of positive guys don’t know that they are, 25% don’t tell their doctor – implicationsSo, the motivation behind having a community consultation is to understand what the these different populations and communities of men look like in Vancouver, be able to describe them a little better and consult with them on the strategies that are most appropriate to provide programming and information. out of venues, use more than one method
  • Brief history of HIMOffer programming & services in four key areas of healthHIM positioned in Vancouver unique organization for gay men but recognizing that HIM can’t reach everyoneInteractions with OMSMIn terms of the issues that we deal with esp related to heatlh information, but also to mental health, uniquely positioned to learn more about OMSMBut can't reach everyone – transition to Community Consultation approach
  • literatureIntersections, lifecourse, ethnicityetc etc.
  • Borrows in the literature from studies that looked at HIV vulnerability in hard to reach populations of MSM – Specifically Higgins et al, 1996 and Goldbaum et al, 1998 and then in terms of developing the tools, looked at appropriate methods of incorporating a sort of demographic and ethnographic assessment of the populations with health needs assessment literature.
  • Also recruited from website, advertising in numerous different waysthrough screening get a variety of guys
  • In addition to recruiting, used for online discussion
  • Iterative as wellGiving voice to those not typically included in research or other consultationsWere able to talk with gay men OMSM
  • Unique positioning to do consultation but also engage in some outreach – test outreach methods – similar to an intervention.. Methods of looking at this.
  • Not perfect, only the beginningContribute to HIM that is a research centred, so adding what is being done in the academic sphere .. HIM positioned well for this but with collaboration
  • Ian Anderson, "Strengthening the Health and Well-being of Gay Men"

    1. 1. Strengthening the health and well being of gay men
    2. 2. Is HIV all there is? { assessing health needs of gay men and other men who have sex with men using a formative community consultation approach Ian Anderson, MPP Community Consultation Coordinator
    3. 3. Community ConsultationCommunities and HIM, other Populations of health-related Gay Men and organizations and OMSM agencies Community Consultation Team
    4. 4. Project Background Surprising lack of knowledge around describing the communities and populations of gay men and OMSM
    5. 5. Strengthening the health and well being of gay men
    6. 6. Objectives Who are the populations and communities of gay men and other men who have sex with men Vancouver? What are the sexual behaviours that guys engage in? Where is sex negotiated? How do guys get their sexual health information? How can organizations and agencies serve the populations better?
    7. 7. Identifying InitialPopulations Exercise undertaken with HIM and other organizations who work with gay men and OMSM Iterative process Not exhaustive!
    8. 8.  Literature in HIV vulnerability in hard to reach populations Ethnographic Questioning Health Needs Assessment
    9. 9. In-Person Engagement Organizations in the community Acted as gatekeepers or interactors to certain populations Connected with guys in the populations they serve
    10. 10. Online Online Discussions Aggregate a list of sites/apps Assess how they are used Engage websites Questionnaire
    11. 11. Sex Venues Initial most popular locations Branched to other locations as well Respectful Approach
    12. 12. Response Engaged with almost 200 guys in the lower mainland in person Over 400 including guys who engaged online Positive response overall
    13. 13. Final Notes Report should be available publically before the end of the year HIV but also other health issues Respectful in use of the report Only the beginning Implications for other jurisdictions
    14. 14. Ian Anderson ian@checkhimout.ca http://checkhimout.caThank you

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