2020 PCORI Virtual Annual Meeting Breakout Session

The term transgender describes individuals whose sense of personal or gender identity is different from their sex assigned at birth. Transgender individuals have a higher prevalence of HIV and STIs, violence victimization, mental health issues, suicidal ideation, and suicide than cisgender individuals do. The three highlighted projects represent PCORI-funded engagement awards intended to address health disparities and build the capacity to promote comparative effectiveness studies with transgender populations. Each project lead will discuss the unique health disparities that transgender individuals face, share lessons learned, and discuss future directions in transgender and health services research.


Sari Reisner, ScD
Director of Transgender Research
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Comparing Clinician-Collected and Self-Collected Tests for Detecting High-Risk HPV Infection among Female-to-Male Transgender Adults
Understanding How Gender Affirmation Therapies Affect HIV-Related Health for Transgender Adults

Speakers and Stakeholder Partners

Ankit Sanghavi, BDS, MPH
Executive Director
Texas Health Institute
TransForward: A Statewide Transgender-Powered Research Collaborative in Texas

Emmett Schelling
Executive Director
Transgender Education Network of Texas

Andie Baker, AM 
Vice President, Center for Education, Research, and Advocacy (ERA)
Howard Brown Health
Four Corners: TGNC Health Research Advocacy Network Lizette Sierra Community Member Four Corners

Michael Goodman, MD, MPH
Professor of Epidemiology
Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
Examining Health Outcomes for People Who Are Transgender


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