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Learning Module: LGBTQIA+ Equity in Human Subjects Research Review: Acknowledging the Whole Research Participant

PRIM&R is excited to offer a new learning module, based on our award-winning  Ethical Research Oversight Course (EROC) platform, available to anyone as a standalone learning opportunity, or as a supplementary module for EROC institutional subscribers.

In this module, Amy Ben-Arieh, JD, MPH, explains LGBTQIA+ health disparities and the importance of leveraging community strengths, explores inclusive research data collection methods, and introduces pragmatic strategies for IRBs seeking to adopt a more equitable lens in research ethics review.  (35 min read + 3:01 min video + 9 activities)

LGBTQIA (abbreviation): lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (one's sexual or gender identity), intersex, and asexual/aromantic/agender Source:

The "+" is an acknowledgment that there are identities that are not included in this acronym.

About Amy Ben-Arieh, JD, MPH
Amy Ben-Arieh is the Director of Research Compliance at the The Fenway Institute (TFI) at Fenway Community Health. She is a member of Harvard Catalyst's Regulatory Foundations subcommittee on social, behavioral, and education research (SBER), and a member of Portsmouth Regional Hospital's research ethics committee. Prior to joining TFI, Amy served for several years as an associate chair of the Partners Human Research Committee. Her educational background is in health law, bioethics, and human rights.

Learning Objectives

After completing this module, you will be able to:
  1. Understand commonly used acronyms and terms
  2. Understand the importance of sex, gender, and sexuality as health variables
  3. Describe inclusive research data collection methods
  4. Describe inclusive strategies for reviewing biomedical and social/behavioral research studies.

This module is geared toward HRPP/IRB personnel and those working in research programs more broadly including HRPP/IRB directors, members, chairs; researchers and research staff; and more.

Continuing Education Credit

Learners holding the Certified IRB Professional (CIP®) credential who complete the LGBTQIA+ Equity in Human Subjects Research Review module may apply 1 hour of continuing education credit towards CIP recertification. Please note this is the only EROC module eligible for CIP recertification credit. Learn More

Individual Purchase:
An individual purchase grants individual access only to the person who purchases the module.
  • Only one person will be able to take the course and receive credit for completing it. If you plan on having more than one individual take the course, please either purchase multiple subscriptions or an institutional license
  • Member status is not transferable for the purpose of individual licenses
  • Individuals will have 90 days to access the module and complete it (the module can be repurchased after the 90 days)

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