Online Program

Gender affirmation and health equity for trans/gender-variant people in the U.S.: Connecting structural and personal dimensions

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 8:35 a.m. - 8:48 a.m.

Sari Reisner, ScD, Epidemiology/ The Fenway Institute, Harvard School of Public Health/ Fenway Health, Boston, MA

The proposed speaker panel will discuss gender affirmation and health in transgender and other gender minority communities in the U.S. Transgender and other gender minority people have an assigned sex at birth that differs from their current gender identity. U.S. public health research documents the high prevalence of adverse health indicators in transgender and other gender minority people, including in mental health distress and suicidality, substance use and abuse, and HIV infection, with risk heightened by exposure to other forms of social inequality, including racism, sexism, and impoverishment, rendering transgender women of color especially vulnerable. Differential distribution of adverse social and structural exposures, including discrimination and mistreatment, lack of legal recognition of gender identity, and increased risk of violence/victimization, are hypothesized to drive health inequities in transgender and other gender minority people compared to cisgender (non-transgender) individuals, within and across racial/ethnic and economic groups, in ways that may vary by gender identity.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Discuss transgender health and approaches to addressing the multiple levels of marginalization and oppression faced by transgender people that affect their health and wellbeing.

Keyword(s): Epidemiology, Gender

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Research Scientist at The Fenway Institute and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. School of Public Health. My research focuses on: (1) health disparities and inequities in LGBT populations, with a focus on transgender and gender nonconforming health; (2) the epidemiology of infectious diseases in underserved populations; (3) and psychiatric epidemiology. I use a participatory population perspective to work “with” not “on” communities in research.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.