LGBTQ Health Initiatives Project Manager & Board Chair, Rainbow Elder Care of Greater Dayton
Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County
This session will highlight the results of the first-ever community-based Thrive with Pride LGBTQ Aging Survey
conducted after community-wide input under the direction of Boonshoft Pride at Boonshoft Medical School,
Rainbow Elder Care, and Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County. The session will review the
community-based process and provide highlights of the results and a comparison to some other similar surveys
conducted elsewhere, including national surveys. The results provide some guidance about needs and
development of future services and spurred a task force to develop affordable inclusive/affirming housing for
older LGBTQ adults.
The Thrive with Pride Survey is the first major survey of LGBTQ older adults in Ohio, with a focus on people in
the southwest Ohio Miami Valley area. The survey was developed with input from LGBTQ people from across
the community and was administered in a collaborative manner led by LGBTQ people from Rainbow Elder
Care, Boonshoft Medical School/Boonshoft Pride and Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County. It
provides the first glimpse into the needs of older LGBTQ adults in the Miami Valley and provides some guidance
about needed support and services.