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LGBTQIA+ Midwest is maintained by the Resilience + Resistance Collective. We are a team of researchers at the who work together to conduct community-engaged research, develop and implement interventions, and evaluate programs. We work locally in Washtenaw County and Metro Detroit, nationally in cities across the United States, and globally in Eastern and Southern Africa.

LGBTQIA+ Midwest was originally developed by the Community Health Access Initiative (CHAI), a program of the University of Michigan's School of Public Health, focused on improving mental health and substance use outcomes among LGBTQIA+ youth by increasing access to inclusive and affirming health care. LGBTQIA+ people, youth in particular, face many difficulties accessing relevant health resources to address their health needs due to homophobia, transphobia, privacy concerns, and fear for their safety if outed. The resources on this website are intended to empower young LGBTQIA+ people with access to relevant, inclusive, and affirming health information.

Community partners: CHAI's Youth Action Committee, Corner Health Center, the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (MOASH), the Neutral Zone, Ozone House, Unified – HIV Health & Beyond, the Washtenaw County Health Department, the Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI) and the Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools (RAHS).

CHAI was funded by UMHS Community Health Services at Michigan Medicine.

Four logos: The Community Health Access Initiative, Resilience + Resistance Collective, Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan, and Health Behavior and Health Education at the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.Visit the Resilience + Resistance Collective Website


This website was developed in partnership with a fabulous team of researchers and designers who share CHAI's dedication to community leadership in the development of  health information resources. Thank you Dan, Oliver, Christian, and Shannon for your work on this project. And thank you to all of the LGBTQIA+ youth who participated in a year-long design process.

Daniel Delmonaco
Doctoral Student, University of Michigan School of Information

Oliver Haimson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan School of Information

Christian Paneda  
University of Michigan School of Information, 2022

Shannon Li
University of Michigan School of Information, 2022
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