Howard Brown Health to help launch national research advisory network for transgender and gender nonconforming health

CHICAGO – This week, Howard Brown Health announced its participation in an innovative community-led research advisory network that will support the development of patient-centered research projects focused on addressing the health needs of transgender and gender nonconforming people (TGNC).

Entitled “Four Corners: TGNC Health Research Advisory Network,” (Four Corners) includes Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, D.C.; the Los Angeles LGBT Center; and Houston-based Legacy Community Health. Combined, the four organizations currently serve over 10,000 TGNC-identified patients. Led by Howard Brown Health, Four Corners will unite community members, researchers and clinicians from across the U.S. to facilitate equitable participation of all members to contribute to a patient-led expansion of TGNC health research.

“Four Corners will establish a new standard in transgender research by including community voices from the start,” said Andie Baker, vice president of Howard Brown Health’s Center for Education, Research and Advocacy. “The groundbreaking partnership will ensure new research addresses what TGNC people need to make healthcare more relevant to their lived experience. This is urgently needed, as the TGNC community experiences disproportionate health disparities.”

“I’m thrilled to be part of this new research project that will help my community and excited to help Four Corners provide more information about what trans people actually need to help them achieve better health,” said Angelina Nordstrom, a member of Howard Brown’s community advisory board and Four Corners project liaison. “I’m looking forward to the work that can be accomplished to better the community.”

Transgender, nonbinary and gender nonconforming individuals are people who identify with a gender that differs from the identity associated with the sex they were assigned at birth. According to a 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey on Transgender Health Disparities, nearly one in four respondents reported they did not seek healthcare due to their fears of being mistreated as a transgender person; one-third of respondents did not seek a healthcare provider when needed because they could not afford it; and 40 percent of respondents had attempted suicide in their lifetime—nearly nine times the attempted suicide rate of the larger U.S. population.

Press release from Howard Brown

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