The mission of the Michigan Project for Informed Public Policy is to use science-based research to educate state and local public policy makers, health care professionals, and the general public about the mental health impact of discrimination on those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), their families, and allies.
HOW DOES MPIPP ACCOMPLISH THIS MISSION?
We do this work through:
- serving as a knowledgeable resource on social science research on LGBT issues to public policy makers, the general public, mental health professionals, the media and various organizations and communities;
- offering educational presentations and programs; and
- maintaining a website (www.mpipp.org) that serves as a clearinghouse for information and research.
MPIPP offers educative testimony at state and local public policy meetings and is able to assist in helping policy makers to make data-driven decisions on issues of concern to the LGBT community, their families, and their allies.
MPIPP also offers additional programs at conferences and other trainings. For more information on the types of programs available, please see “Educational Programs.”
MPIPP also has developed a research-based educational program, the KNOW US PROJECT™ (KUP). KUP uses mental health providers as co-facilitators and support to LGBT people and their allies who want to engage in the kind of intergroup contact that is proven to reduce prejudice. In the KUP workshops, participants learn to evaluate whether they are ready to act in this way, how to identify people to speak with, and how to reduce the listener’s anxiety in personal conversations about LGBT issues and to use words and body language that will make a conversation more effective. They also learn to address negative feelings they may experience during and after the intergroup contact and learn to cope with those feelings through self-care, stress management and professional help if needed. For more information, please see www.knowusproject.org.
Prejudice-based stigma and discrimination have been shown to negatively impact mental health of LGBT citizens, resulting in higher rates of depression, anxiety, and attempted suicide. Although not everyone is affected in the same way, these mental health stressors and associated trauma may also have a cumulative effect on physical wellbeing, similar to other stress-related disorders (such as higher rates of heart disease or addictions).
The research cited by MPIPP has been peer-reviewed and considered valid by those in the larger mental health community. The polls we cite use generally accepted polling techniques. MPIPP makes this research available for use by policy makers at the state and local level, the general public, and to various organizations.
The work of MPIPP is accomplished through grants and donations. We also work on a collaborative basis with many organizations to extend our ability to provide science-based information.
Affirmations, located in Ferndale, Michigan, is our 501(c)(3) fiduciary non-profit partner. Until September 30, 2013 an Arcus Foundation grant is our major source of funding.
PARTNERSHIPS AND ENDORSEMENTS
MPIPP works in collaboration with many partners to achieve our mission, including:
- the American Psychological Association (including Division 44);
- Unity Michigan (coalition partner);
- the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion(endorsement);
- Michigan LGBT resource centers;
- Michigan PTA;
- open and affirming faith-based communities;
- state and national health care professional associations; and
- state and community LGBT advocacy organizations.
Through its affiliation with these organizations, MPIPP is able to bring a coordinated focus to the mental health impact of stigma and discrimination against those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT).