Online Program

Role of public health policy in gender affirmation and health equity for trans/gender-variant people in the U.S

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 9:01 a.m. - 9:14 a.m.

Kellan Baker, MPH, MA, Center for American Progress, Washington, DC

The proposed speaker will discuss the role that public health policy, particularly the Affordable Care Act, plays in 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, HIV infection, and uninsurance, with risk heightened by exposure to other forms of social inequality, including racism, sexism, and impoverishment.

This presentation will provide a public health policy description of recent efforts and strategies used to integrate gender equity into the Affordable Care Act and other relevant public health policy initiatives.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the role of the Affordable Care Act and other relevant national and state policy initiatives in advancing transgender health and addressing the multiple levels of marginalization and oppression faced by transgender people that affect their health and wellbeing.

Keyword(s): Gender, Public Health Policy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I direct two projects at the Center for American Progress focusing on LGB and transgender health and the Affordable Care Act. I am considered a national leader in policy related to initiatives addressing LGBT health disparities in the implementation of the health reform law.
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.