The Bisexual Research Collaborative on Health (BiRCH) is dedicated to facilitating and promoting community-informed research across multiple disciplines on the health needs of bisexual individuals and related communities. A partnership of The Fenway Institute (Dr. Judith Bradford), the University of Illinois at Chicago (Dr. Wendy Bostwick), and Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington (Dr. Brian Dodge), BiRCH encourages research and inspires increased awareness in improving bisexual health needs through the combination of academic study, an intersectional lens, and community-based advocacy through activities that are evidence-based and multidisciplinary, with emphasis on intentionality, transparency, and integrity.
For more information on BiRCH, please contact our administrative assistant, Lizzy Bartelt, at email@example.com
NEWSFLASH! Please click here for details on our forthcoming special issue at Archives of Sexual Behavior on bisexual health research, in honor of the life and legacy of our dear colleague, friend, and hero, Dr. Judith Bradford!
In addition to BiRCH, Bisexual Health @ IU Seminar Series is a part of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion's agenda of local research, education, and training activities aimed highlighting bisexual health by hosting routine events featuring experts who share their work from academic, community, and policy perspectives.
Beyond Binaries: Using Advocacy for Health in Bisexual Communities
Robyn Ochs, Ed.M.
Speaker | Teacher | Writer | Activist
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Woodburn Hall 200
Indiana University - Bloomington
Robyn Ochs is an educator, speaker, award-winning activist, and editor of the Bi Women Quarterly; a 42 country anthology, Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World; and the new anthology RECOGNIZE: The Voices of Bisexual Men. Her writings have been published in numerous bisexual, women’s studies, multicultural, and LGBT anthologies.
The event is co-sponsored by the Indiana University Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Student Support Services.
Bisexual Health: Unpacking the Paradox
Brian Dodge, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington | Co-Director, Bisexual Research Collaborative on Health (BiRCH)
Saturday, August 27, 2016
On Stage at Bloomington PRIDE Summerfest
Brian Dodge is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Health Science and Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion. He received his Ph.D. in Health Behavior from Indiana University in 2002. He completed his postdoctoral training in the NIMH-funded Behavioral Sciences Research in HIV Infection Fellowship in the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. A proud alumnus, he re-joined the faculty of Indiana University in 2007. He is also appointed as a faculty member at The Fenway Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Dodge's research and training have focused on various social and behavioral aspects of sexual health in relation to HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted infections (STI), and other facets of overall well-being. His current work focuses broadly on sexual health, with a specific concentration on bisexual individuals and communities.
Creating Healthy Environments for Bisexual Women: A Research Trajectory
Wendy Bostwick, PhD, MPH Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago | Co-Director, Bisexual Research Collaborative on Health (BiRCH)
Monday, October 5, 2015 at 8 pm
The Bishop, 123 S. Walnut St., Bloomington, Indiana
Wendy Bostwick received her Masters and PhD in Community Health Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan’s Substance Abuse Research Center. She is currently an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has worked in and with the LGBT community for nearly 20 years. Her research interests include health disparities, particularly those based on sex, gender, and sexual orientation; bisexual women’s health; the health effects of stigma and discrimination; microaggressions; and the measurement of sexual orientation. She has conducted numerous small studies exploring issues of stigma, stress and coping, social support and the role of community, and their connections to health. She recently received a grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to conduct an electronic diary study, investigating the health effects of microaggressions. Her work has appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, Addiction, Culture, Health & Sexuality, LGBT Health and others. Additionally, Wendy is a founding member of BiRCH, the Bisexual Research Collaborative on Health, a collaborative effort with Indiana University, the Fenway Institute and others. Wendy also serves on the Board of Directors at the Guttmacher Institute, the leading sexual health and reproductive rights advocacy and research organization in the US.
The event was a special "double feature" with the Bloomington Sex Salon
! It is co-sponsored by the Indiana University Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Student Support Services.
Bi Love in the Time of Cholera: From Emotions around Bi Sex to the Impacts of Family and Structural Stressors among Latino Bisexual Young and Adult Men
Miguel Muñoz-Laboy, DrPH, MPH
Associate Professor, Temple University School of Social Work
Indiana Memorial Union
Distinguished Alumni Room
March 24, 2015
12:30 - 1:30 pm
Dr. Miguel Muñoz-Laboy completed his undergraduate degree in Agricultural Sciences (BS) at the University of Puerto Rico, his masters in public health (MPH) at the University of Connecticut, his doctoral degree in public health (DrPH) from the Department of Sociomedical Sciences and his post-doctoral fellowship with the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University. Since his first his first fieldwork on HIV risk among young men’s networks in Sri Lanka in 1997, Dr. Muñoz-Laboy has maintained a dual research agenda in public health locally and internationally. His research and scholarship focuses on the social and cultural determinants of young and adult bisexual men’s risk behavior, the role of masculinity and sexuality in increasing or preventing risk, and conducting foundational research for the development of interventions for economically marginalized young and adult men in urban settings. The overall goal of his research program is to develop effective and sustainable interventions to improve the health of young adult men in economically marginalized settings. To support his research program, he has received nine externally funded grants as Principal Investigator (PI) or co-Principal Investigator (co-PI) and have served as co-investigator in eleven additional externally funded grants. He recently completed a 4-year study entitled “Gender, Power and Latino Men’s HIV Risk” (5R01HD056948-02: Years: 2009-2013; PI: M. Muñoz-Laboy) funded by the National Institute of Child and Health Development (NICHD) and a 2-year challenge grant-funded study entitled “Network Determinants of Risk among Formerly Incarcerated Latino Men” (5RC1MH0788636-02: Years 2009-2011: PIs: M. Muñoz-Laboy and Vincent Guilamo-Ramos) funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). He also served as co-Principal Investigator to a 5 years study on the religious responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Brazil (PI: Richard Parker). Currently, Dr. Muñoz-Laboy serves as co-principal investigator with Dr. Laura Bamford in an intervention study to increase HIV retention in care for HIV positive injecting drug users of Puerto Rican ancestry in Philadelphia (“Clinica Bienestar,” #H97HA26504; 2013-2018, funded by the Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS), HRSA). Dr. Muñoz-Laboy has over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 11 chapters in edited books, co-editor of an edited book (“Love and Globalization” published by Vanderbilt University Press, 2008) and senior editor of an edited book (“Religious Responses to HIV/AIDS” published by Routledge, 2014).
The event was co-sponsored by the Indiana University La Casa Latino Cultural Center and Indiana University Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Student Support Services.
Click here to view Dr. Muñoz-Laboy's presentation