Community Based Research
Four Corners: TGNC Health Research Advisory Network
Existing research demonstrates striking health disparities among transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) individuals when compared to cis lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB) and/or cis heterosexual peers. Recent reports show such disparities are amplified among TGNC people of color (POC) when compared to white TGNC individuals, highlighting the relationship of multiple and intersecting identities with regards to health equity and outcomes. While the field of transgender health research has experienced substantial growth in recent years, significant gaps in the literature remain, including the lack of TGNC representation in research design, development, implementation, and dissemination.
In 2018, Howard Brown Health partnered with three additional federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) who specialize in LGBTQ health: Whitman Walker Health (Whitman-Walker) in the District of Columbia, The LA LGBT Center in Los Angeles, and Legacy Community Health (Legacy) in Houston, to form the TGNC Health Research Advisory Network (The Network). This 16-member Network, which includes one clinician specializing in TGNC healthcare, two TGNC patients, and one researcher invested in building TGNC Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) from each of the four participating sites, was created to support development of patient-centered TGNC health research projects.
To date, the Network has hosted eight focus groups with TGNC folks across four cities in order to identify community health and research priorities, barriers and facilitators to research, and preferred dissemination strategies. The Network is in the process of finalizing focus groups findings in order to disseminate back to local communities as well as publish patient-centered research priorities in transgender health.
For more information, contact one of our Four Corner’s site coordinators at a health center near you:
Howard Brown Health
Legacy Community Health
Sarah Lonsdale Bledsoe
Los Angeles LGBT Center
Four Corners Project Coordinator
Trans Accountability Project (TAP)
The Trans Accountability Project was funded by the Chicago Department of Public Health and created in March of 2019 to directly address the health, overall wellness, employment as well as safety concerns of Black and Latina trans women and to provide responses and solutions to the issues that many trans women within the community face on a generational basis.
The Trans Accountability Project’s vision states and steadfastly exhibits that trans and gender non-conforming communities and stakeholders in Chicago are collectively accountable in mobilizing resources and breaking barriers to actively invest in the health, empowerment, and overall wellness of Black and Latina trans women. Our objective is to also define barriers to ARV therapy for the TGNC community, centering the experiences and expertise of Black and Latina Trans women through community forums that lead to community-led structural level intervention to address those barriers.
The Trans Accountability Project Steering Committee is collectively comprised of members from Howard Brown Health, La Casa Norte, Brave Space Alliance, Taskforce Prevention and Community Services, as well as the Broadway Youth Center (V.O.I.C.E.S. Project). They meet biweekly either through in-person meetings or virtual attendance to discuss, plan and implement concrete changes for members of the trans and gender non-conforming communities in the form of the creation of focus groups and events, data and results sharing from and back to the trans community, resource creation and dissemination, as well as the brainstorming and concretization of tangible next steps and action plans that succeed in directly addressing and benefiting the needs of Black and Latina trans women in Chicago.