In 2018, NORC was awarded a contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) to conduct analyses of the quantitative and qualitative data from the
Survey of Today's Adolescent Relationships and Transitions (START) to 1) produce journal articles and conference presentations that will inform HIV prevention efforts of public health policy makers and adult professionals who work with youth, and 2) inform the development of HIV prevention tools, which will be disseminated to thought leaders and deployed by practitioners in the field.
Although adolescent men who have sex with men (AMSM) and transgender persons, and Black and Latino AMSM and transgender persons in particular, carry a significant portion of the HIV burden, there are few evidence-based tools to engage this population. NORC, partners from The Fenway Institute, and DASH are worked together to develop appropriate, effective HIV prevention materials to assist young gay and bisexual men and transgender youth in accessing HIV prevention and testing resources. For this project, NORC conducted rigorous and thorough analysis of the survey responses of the over 3,100 sexual and gender minority youth together with the rich qualitative data collected from adult and youth focus groups, to inform the development and dissemination of effective HIV prevention and assessment tools. Findings highlighted the need to offer tools that are free, easy to access, and offered through accredited training to support competence working with sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth through continuing education credits. These tools include webinars for health care providers and school-based professionals, a self-assessment tool for schools to use to measure LGBTQ Inclusivity in schools, and a survey module on parental and school connectedness.