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About Transgender Health Services at the Virginia Department of Health Virginia Transgender Resource & Referral List Community Announcements
Virginia Transgender Health Initiative Study Transgender Health Risk Assessment: A Clinician’s Guide Transgender Health Newsletter Archive

About Transgender Health Services at the Virginia Department of Health

The Virginia HIV Community 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.

Virginia Department of Health continues to support these activities:

  1. Inform effective training to promote culturally competent
    health care to the transgender communities;
  2. Maintain a statewide resource guide to facilitate increased access to care for
    Transgender individuals;
  3. 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 here 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.

Community Announcements

Please contact Ted Heck, Transgender Health Services Coordinator, at 804-864-8012 or ted.heck@vdh.virginia.gov to have your events related to transgender health listed here.

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, which can be accessed here: Transgender 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. It can be accessed here: Health, Health Related Needs and Lifecourse Experiences of Transgender Virginians.

In 2017, a new statewide study is under development!  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.

Transgender Health Risk Assessment: A Clinician’s Guide

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 here.

Transgender Health Newsletter Archive

The Task Force started the Transgender Health Newsletter in 2004 as a way to publicize its work and mobilize the Virginia HIV prevention community and local transgender communities to participate in THIS. The newsletter has been distributed both through an email distribution list as a PDF document, and issues have been printed for special events and trainings.

August/September 2004 Transgender Health Newsletter – Vol 1 Issue 1
July/August 2005 Transgender Health Newsletter – Vol 1 Issue 2
October 2005 Transgender Health Newsletter – Vol 1 Issue 3
January 2006 Transgender Health Newsletter – Vol 2 Issue 1
April 2006 Transgender Health Newsletter – Vol 2 Issue 2
Summer 2006 Transgender Health Newsletter – Vol 2 Issue 3
Winter 2007 Transgender Health Newsletter – Vol 3 Issue 1
Spring 2007 Transgender Health Newsletter – Vol 3 Issue 2
Fall 2007 Transgender Health Newsletter – Vol 3 Issue 3
Winter 2008 Transgender Health Newsletter – Vol 4 Issue 1
Spring 2009 Transgender Health Newsletter – Vol 4 Issue 2
Winter 2010 Transgender Health Newsletter – Vol 4 Issue 3
Summer/Fall 2010 Transgender Health Newsletter – Vol 5 Issue 1