Calgary Men’s Wellness Initiative Survey

The Calgary Men’s Wellness Initiative is a community-based research project that investigates the health and wellness needs of the MSM population in Calgary. They have recently completed a survey and interviews that asked

  1. What are the health and wellness needs of gay, bisexual, queer and other men who have sex with men, including trans men?
  2. What gaps and barriers exist in the health sector for GBQM?

The results of this project are having a huge impact! There have been a number of educational outreach initiatives to inform service providers and community members. Findings have been shared in a community forum in Calgary, at a provincial meeting of HIV service providers, and at a one-day skills building conference for medical students and health care providers.  Additionally, The Calgary Sexual Health Centre has used the findings to inform an HIV/STI testing clinic twice a month. It has even sparked conversation about potentially developing an LGBTQ-specific health clinic in Calgary.

The data collected will also be used to guide a larger province-wide project that was recently funded by CIHR that aims to engage Alberta based researchers, decision makers, front line workers, and community-based organizations in identifying a provincial research agenda for HIV prevention in Alberta.

A summary report and other relevant publications are in the works and will be shared as soon as they’re available!

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