NIH is inviting comments and suggestions on the health and health research needs, specific health issues and concerns for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) populations. As part of its efforts to advance LGBTI health, NIH is requesting input on the following issues to inform the development of an NIH LGBTI Research Strategic Plan:
Challenges (including, but not limited to):
- Methodological or other challenges to data collection and analysis for small and/or hard-to-reach and/or heterogeneous LGBTI populations, including the development of valid and reliable methods for asking individuals about their sexual orientation and gender identity to better understand and advance LGBTI health.
Opportunities (including, but not limited to):
- Opportunities to expand the knowledge base of LGBTI health (including those identified in the NIH LGBT Research Coordinating Committee report, Consideration of the Institute of Medicine Report on the Health of LGBT Individuals), existing data collection efforts, and other resources and scientific advances on which further research could be built.
- Training in LGBTI health research and enhancing the cultural competency of researchers and individuals working with LGBTI persons in clinical settings; specifically how NIH can collaborate with other federal agencies to develop programs for enhancing cultural competency.
- Effective ways to engage with the LGBTI health research and advocacy communities, which include the broad range of populations that may be encompassed by the term LGBTI, including, but not limited to:
- People who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered;
- People with congenital “intersex” (disorders of sex development) conditions;
- People who do not identify as LGBT, but nonetheless experience same-sex attraction and/or engage in same-sex sexual behaviors, which includes those who identify as queer and/or questioning; and
- People whose gender identity differs from the sex assigned to them at birth; whose gender expression varies significantly from what is traditionally associated with or is typical for that group; and/or who vary from or reject for themselves traditional cultural conceptualizations of gender in terms of male-female dichotomy. This group includes people who identify (or are identified) as transgendered, transsexual, cross-dressers, transvestites, two-spirit, queer, and/or questioning.
- Effective ways to enhance communication between the NIH and the LGBTI research community to enhance practical understanding of the NIH mission, as well as the NIH funding and review processes, and encourage individuals engaged in research and/or training in LGBTI health to compete for funding through various NIH mechanisms (both targeted and non-targeted to LGBTI health).
Outcome Indicators (including, but not limited to):
- Potential measures that NIH could use to indicate whether the proposed activities addressed the challenges or opportunities successfully.
Responses to will be accepted through October 28, 2013. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-13-076.html