Focus Groups

Focus Groups

Share your ideas and experiences with us

The Chiron Community Giving Foundation (CCGF) is a private family foundation that provides research and project funding to increase access to high-quality, affordable mental healthcare in St. Louis City and St. Louis County. CCGF is conducting a study on root causes and potential solutions relating to inequity in access to mental healthcare.

We’re recruiting individuals for two-hour focus groups, with the goal of better understanding:

  • Barriers and access challenges faced by individuals who seek to begin or continue mental healthcare services such as counseling, psychiatry, clinical social work, therapeutic groups, etc.
  • Barriers and challenges faced by providers entering the clinical mental health field.
  • Reasons clinicians discontinue working in mental health service provision.
  • Possible solutions to challenges of inequitable access to mental healthcare in St. Louis.
If you have experiences and ideas to share, we want to hear from you! 

Focus Group Participants will receive:

  • $125 for participation in a remote Focus Group via Zoom
  • $200 for participation in an in-person Focus Group
  • Access to on-site childcare if attending an in-person Focus Group (if a space is reserved and confirmed in advance.)
  • Snacks (cookies, fruit, cheese, crackers, chips, soft drinks, water) during Focus Groups

Focus Groups will be led by professional facilitators, Ann Fisher-Jackson and David Dwight IV. Focus Groups will last for two hours. Participants will be asked to share their knowledge, opinions, and experiences to help inform further study of ways to increase access to high-quality, affordable mental healthcare in St. Louis. Data gathered from the Focus Groups will be analyzed by Public Design Bureau. Participants in Focus Groups will have an opportunity to view the final analysis report.

CCGF consultants, Dr. Candace AnthonyDr. Matthew EllisDr. Kate Feder, and Allie Chang Ray will utilize results of this study to work with the Center for Civic Research and Innovation to continue to provide strategic data and recommendations about inequity in access to mental healthcare in St. Louis.

If you are interested in participating in a Focus Group, please complete the recruiting survey below and a CCGF team member will reach out to you if you are selected. Those chosen to participate will be notified by Thursday, February 29th.

About the recruiting survey

All information you share in this survey will be kept strictly confidential. The purpose of these questions is to ensure that a diverse group of people provide responses for this study. No one will be made aware of your individual responses to these questions other than the administrative personnel recruiting for the Focus Groups. No members of the facilitation team nor those analyzing the data will have any identifying information about individual participants except first name and assigned focus group.
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