Action Alliance invites Nicole Marlow, PhD, MSPH, to serve on 988 Formative Research People with Disabilities Guidance Panel

Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy faculty member invited to serve on Guidance Panel for collaborative research group focused on at-risk populations with higher rates of suicide.

Nicole Marlow, PhD, MSPH, has been invited by the 988 Formative Research Project to serve as a member of the 988 Formative Research People with Disabilities Guidance Panel due to her expertise in working with and studying populations with disabilities.

This population-specific guidance panel – for people with disabilities ages 13 and older – is a new addition to the evolving project, which already focuses on six groups at the highest risk of suicide: American Indian and Alaska Natives (ages 13-34), Black youth and young adults (ages 13-34), Hispanic youth and young adults (ages 13-34), LBGTQI+ youth and adults (ages 13-39), rural older men (ages 49+), and individuals who have previously attempted or considered suicide during their lifetime (ages 18+).

Marlow will assist filling critical research gaps through her role and support the project’s aims of bolstering more informed 988 messaging and implementation efforts with the hopes to better encourage culturally sensitive and effective 988 communications.

The 988 Formative Research Project began in 2022 as a combined effort of several allied groups: the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), and the Ad Council Research Institute (ACRI). Vibrant Emotional Health, the operator of the national 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline network, also supports the project.

For more about the efforts see the Action Alliance 988 Messaging Task Force website.