About Transgender Health Services at the Virginia Department of Health
The Virginia Community HIV Planning Group (CHPG) identified transgender persons in Virginia as a population at risk for HIV and other health concerns in 2003. To better understand the health related needs of transgender persons, focus was turned to conducting research, increasing understanding and knowledge of transgender communities in Virginia, and developing transgender sensitive and specific HIV interventions and health care. From this, the Transgender Health Initiative was born with leadership from the Transgender Task Force (comprised of CHPG members, transgender persons, community members, and researchers). The Task Force was laid down once its work was complete, but many of the efforts begun by that group continue today to support trans communities in Virginia.
The Virginia Department of Health continues to support these activities:
- Inform effective training to promote culturally competent health care to the transgender communities;
- Maintain a statewide resource guide to facilitate increased access to care for Transgender individuals;
- Develop and implement HIV interventions to the transgender community.
Virginia Transgender Resource & Referral List
A statewide list of trans-friendly service providers. Updated regularly! Click TransRRList to download this PDF document.
If you are a service provider who is interested in being added to the Transgender Resource & Referral List, you can fill out this form and send it in via the fax number or email address found on the form.
Please contact Ted Heck, Transgender Health Services Coordinator, at (804) 864-8012 or firstname.lastname@example.org to have your events related to transgender health listed here.
- The new transgender health survey, titled This Great New Community Survey, launched in Richmond and Charlottesville in fall of 2018. The survey will be gradually rolled out in other communities around the state over the next few years. Unlike the first survey, this one is using Respondent Driven Sampling (RDS), a peer-referral system which relies on coupons distributed by community members who have already taken the survey. A flyer for the new survey can be found to the right. Click on the image for the full flyer.
Virginia Transgender Health Initiative Study (THIS)
Started in 2003, THIS was the first major project of the Virginia Transgender Task Force. The research was conducted in two phases. Phase I was a series of focus groups conducted in various locations around the state. The findings of this effort are described in the Transgender Health Access in Virginia: Focus Group Report.
The results of the Focus Group Report guided Phase II of THIS, the development of a statewide survey on the health care and health needs of transgender persons in Virginia. The survey particularly focused on HIV status and access to care and prevention services, but also included areas of associated risk, including housing and employment status, experiences of violence, sexual abuse, and discrimination in housing and employment. Also covered were participants’ experiences with general health care providers and access to health care services and health insurance. The results of the survey are described in the statewide survey report titled, The Health, Health-Related Needs, and Lifecourse Experiences of Transgender Virginians, published in early 2007. See the Archived Publications section below to find links to the Focus Group Report and the survey report.
In 2017, DDP began the process of developing a new statewide study! Initial roll-out began in fall of 2018 in the Richmond and Charlottesville areas, and other areas will be included over the next year. The current study will update and expand upon the knowledge gained from the previous survey. As this effort moves forward, updates will be posted in the Community Announcements section above. Please check back to learn more.
The Guide has been available since August of 2006, mainly through distribution at relevant events, service providers’ offices, and by ordering through the VDH Disease Prevention Hotline. It contains the following sections: Why Focus on Transgender Health?, Psychosocial Issues, General Questions to Assess Health Issues, Assessing Sexual Risks and Other HIV Risks, a brief glossary of terms, and Resources. A PDF of the brochure can be viewed or downloaded by clicking on the image to the left.
Any reports or publications mentioned on this page, in addition to a series of Transgender Health Newsletters, can be found on an archive page. They are housed with other items that were created or published more than five years ago.