ETR’s Dr. Francisco Buchting Releases New Report from the Tobacco Research Network on Disparities (TReND)

Dr. Francisco Buchting, ETR Associates' Director of Program Services Division, has released a new report from the Tobacco Research Network on Disparities (TReND) titled Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders of Color Sampling Methodology: Strategies for Collecting Data in Small, Hidden or Hard-to-Reach Groups to Reduce Tobacco-Related Health Disparities.

This report is the result of a collaborative effort that began in fall of 2006 with a meeting sponsored by TReND, California's Tobacco Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP), the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the American Legacy Foundation. The purpose of the meeting was to identify effective sampling methodologies and generate experience-based recommendations for conducting tobacco-related research on lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBTs) of color. The report provides a brief overview of the problem of tobacco use among LGBTs and minority racial and ethnic groups, highlights the discussions and lessons learned from some of the most advanced researchers in this challenging field, and lists key research recommendations to help eliminate tobacco-related health disparities. To download the report go to:

About Francisco Buchting

Francisco O. Buchting earned his BAS (Bachelor of Arts and Science) in philosophy and psychology at University of California at Davis and his MA and PhD in clinical psychology at Boston University. Dr. Buchting is the director of strategic development and knowledge transfer at ETR Associates, where he is responsible for advancing eHealth programs---in particular, Web 2.0 initiatives---with a focus on utilizing social networking features for public health intervention and knowledge diffusion. His career includes bilingual clinical practice in behavioral medicine, with a special focus on chronic diseases; authoring research articles; directing programs and designing trainings for peer-to-peer counseling in the areas of HIV, STI and healthy relationships; and applying integrated marketing communication techniques to public health initiatives. Dr. Buchting has also co-authored a bi-monthly newspaper column on health and worked on adapting health literature, especially in the areas of HIV/AIDS and tobacco use, for underserved and marginalized populations. His career is marked by extensive personal involvement in health advocacy and community activism, as well as service on community-based organization boards and museum advisory committees. His recent work has included a leadership role in the area of health in the Latino and LGBT communities, with a special focus on tobacco control, research sampling methodologies for hard to reach and mobile populations, health disparities research, and advancing knowledge transfer/research translation efforts at the state and national level. Dr. Buchting is a member of the National Cancer Institute's Tobacco Research Network on Disparities (TReND).