SMC LGBTQ Wellness Survey

Why administer a wellness survey?

The mission of the LGBTQ Commission is cultivating San Mateo County as a welcoming and safe environment where its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community members can thrive. The LGBTQ Commission envisions San Mateo County leading in addressing its LGBTQ community’s diverse needs with dignity and respect by providing culturally competent services that are welcoming, respectful and responsive to the needs of the LGBTQ community.  

LGBTQ people estimates from extrapolation from national data to constitute 4% of the population of San Mateo County, more than 30,000 people. Data from national surveys suggest that LGBTQ people experience a poorer health outcomes and perception of wellness, and that stigma and discrimination may be important determinants of these.  In a report from 2001 based on a community assessment of the lived experiences of 1,100 adult LGBTQ residents of San Mateo County, a need for services dealing with harassment, social development, and understanding of the LGBTQ community was demonstrated. 

Although many of the recommendations from the 2001 survey have been addressed in the last 18 years, much work remains to be done. The LGBTQ Commission is currently working to recommend reforms that are informed by data, have measurable outcomes, and are lasting and sustainable. In order to inform our policy recommendations, the LGBTQ Commission designed and deployed an online needs assessment survey in 2018. 

The findings of the 2017-2018 Adult and Youth Wellness Surveys can be found:

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