Greetings,
The challenges that we continue to experience this year have affirmed the belief there is so much more work to do to achieve racial justice and health equity in this nation and in our state.  It is more important than ever to listen while Black women and girls explain what their communities and families need.  As a Black woman, I have experienced challenges due to both my gender and race, and I know I am not alone in that. By sharing your experiences as a Black woman in Indiana, you can help address these challenges and disparities. Together we can tell our own story. 

The World Health Organization defines sexual reproductive health as a state of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being concerning sexual attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and reproductive systems through all stages of life. There are startling disparities for Black women in the areas of sexual and reproductive health.  Black women make up less than 5 percent of Indiana’s total population, however, in 2018 accounted for:
  • Over one-third of all new chlamydia cases
  • Nearly half of all new gonorrhea cases
  • Approximately 43% of all syphilis cases
  • Over half of all newly diagnosed AIDS cases
  • Over 58% of all HIV cases
  • 53.4 Black mothers die per 100,000 live births; compared to 41.4 white mothers
We need to know why these disparities exist.

You are the EXPERT of being a Black woman in Indiana. You know your resilience and strength. You also know the barriers to your physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being that you work hard to overcome.  Please take a few minutes out of your day to help us understand the barriers to equitable wellbeing for Black and African American women and girls in Indiana. We want to hear from all Black and African American women and girls across the lifespan, gender spectrum, and around the state. We value the wisdom and insight that only you have.  
 
We know that some of you answering this survey will have personal experience with sexual and reproductive health challenges. National resources are provided below if you want to get more information or support, and you can also reach out to us if you would like to discuss your situation.
  •  National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233       TTY 800-787-3224  http://www.thehotline.org/
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255       TTY 800-799-4889
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-4673 https://www.rainn.org/   *24/7 Live Chat*
  • National Child Abuse Hotline: 800-422-4453 https://www.childhelp.org/hotline/
  • Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky Inc. 800-230-7526
Thank you for lending your time and expertise to this project.  

If you have questions about this survey please contact Timike Jones at tjones@icadvinc.org

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* 1. Do you identify as a Black or African-American woman or girl living in Indiana? Yes/ No. if no, how do you define yourself?

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* 2. Age

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* 3. What is your zip code?

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* 4. You are the EXPERT of being a Black woman in Indiana.  This survey will ask you to identify the issues that you perceive are the barriers to sexual and reproductive health, (defined as the state of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being concerning sexual attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and reproductive systems through all stages of life), of African-American and Black women and girls in Indiana. For the purpose of this survey:

“AA/BWG” will be the acronym used to refer to African American and Black Women and Girls and Indiana

“wellness” will be the term used to describe sexual and reproductive health as defined above.

Are you ready to continue?

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* 5. What are the sociocultural (common traditions, habits, patterns, and beliefs present in a population) barriers to wellness for AA/BWG?  Please mark all that apply.

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* 6. What are perceptions that people have that are barriers to the wellness of AA/BWG?  Please mark all that apply.

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* 7. What are barriers to mental health (psychological and emotional well-being) for AA/BWG? Please mark all that apply.

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* 8. What in regards to basic needs (food, clothing, shelter, education, employment) are barriers to wellness for AA/BWG? Please mark all that apply.

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* 9. What are health care related barriers to wellness for AA/BWG? Please mark all that apply.

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* 10. What are barriers to wellness for AA/BWG within neighborhoods? Please mark all that apply.

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* 11. What are institutional barriers to wellness for AA/BWG?

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* 12. Is there anything else that you want us to know?

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* 13. Completing this survey is very helpful. However, to thoroughly examine the needs of AA/BWG it is important to have a discussion. We will be reaching out to willing survey respondents for participation in one of our virtual focus groups.  The focus groups will further discuss this topic and offer up solutions. Each focus group participant will be asked to take part in 1 two-hour small group virtual discussion occurring before January 31, 2021.  Since we value you and your time, a stipend will be provided. If you are interested in being selected as a participant in our focus groups please add your contact information and answer the optional questions listed below. (All information provided is completely anonymous unless you provide this information. Your contact information will not be shared with anyone else.)

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* 14. If you are interested in participating in a focus group please answer the contact and optional demographic questions below.  Your contact information will not be shared with anyone else for any reason and is solely for the purpose of covering a focus group on the topic of this survey.

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* 15. We want focus groups to be a sample of a variety of Black women, these questions will help us organize the focus groups. What is your household income?

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* 16. Which best defines your highest educational achievements:

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* 17. Which of the following categories best describes your employment status?

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* 18. Would you be willing to share this survey with other Black or African-American women that may be interested in contributing her knowledge and wisdom?

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