Health and Wellness Needs of the Senior LGBTQ Community in Sussex County Delaware. A Needs Assessment.
With the support of a Grant-In-Aid from the State of Delaware General Assembly, CAMP Rehoboth, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, LGBTQ community service organization, undertook a study to gather information about the health and wellness needs of the growing senior (50 years and above) population living in Sussex County, Delaware. This report focuses on the findings uncovered through a Survey Monkey questionnaire returned by 288 people, a focus group of 16 individuals, and a report from the Peer Leader of the Trans-Talk and TransParent discussion and support groups. A consultant analyzed the survey data and prepared tables showing numbers of responses to questions and percentages across age groups (50-59, 60-69, 70 and above). Members of the Health Committee considered the data from the three sources, determined major findings, and authored the report. Findings from the report will be used as discussion tools through three community forums to take place in the fall of 2016 and winter of 2017. The goal is to work together with other organizations and community members to make important changes that will increase the health and wellness benefits of the senior LGBTQ population in Sussex County, Delaware. Data analysis tables are available upon request from the Director of Health and Wellness Programs at CAMP Rehoboth.
Health Committee Members and Report Authors
Salvatore Seeley, LCSW, Director of Health and Wellness Programs, CAMP Rehoboth
Shelley Couch, Director at Large, CAMP Rehoboth Board of Directors
Jana Kamminga, Senior Social Worker Case Manager Supervisor, Delaware Health and Social Services
Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities
Rebecca Moscoso, Ph.D., CAMP Rehoboth volunteer
Charmaine Llagas, M.A., Research Analyst Consultant
This study was funded by an appropriation from a Grant-In-Aid from the Delaware State Legislature to support the activities of non-profit organizations providing services to the citizens of Delaware. The purpose of the funding is to provide supplemental funding to service agencies.