Transgender Health Services & Support

Community Announcements

Please contact Ted Heck, Transgender Health Services Coordinator, at (804) 864-8012 or to have your events related to transgender health listed here.

The new transgender health survey, titled This Great New Community Survey (TGNC Survey), launched in Richmond and Charlottesville in fall of 2018.
The TGNC Survey has now re-launched as a NEW SURVEY and is seeking participation from eligible persons. You can participate even if you already took the pilot survey last year since this is a new survey!

Participants must be:

    • 18 years of age or older
    • Identify as transgender or gender non-conforming/non-binary
    • Live in and/or receive health care services in Virginia

How do I take the survey?
Get started now by visiting The Study Website ( or completing the online Survey Interest Form (
If eligible, a Study Team Member will set a day and time to conduct your phone interview.

Depending on your responses, the survey will take about 90 minutes.

You will receive a $50 gift card from either Target or Walmart for completing the survey.

Only one survey per person, please!

The Virginia Department of Health and the University of Virginia are collaborating on this survey to explore the health, wellness, and experience of TGNC Virginians. Our goal is to use the results to better understand and serve the healthcare needs of TGNC people living in Virginia.

Questions? Email, or call 1-855-488-2248 during business hours. Click on the images to the right for the palm card (top) or the full flyer (bottom).

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:

  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 TransRRList to download this PDF document.

Please note:

The Virginia Transgender Resource & Referral List (“the List”) is intended as an informational resource only.  Providers included here have not been endorsed, certified, or vetted by the Virginia Department of Health beyond fulfilling the requirement to complete and send in the Transgender Resource and Referral List Information Form.  VDH can make no guarantees about providers listed here.  VDH contacts all entities included on the List annually to check that each organization’s information is accurate and up to date, but cannot guarantee accuracy throughout the year.

Further, websites and other materials developed or produced by these providers are solely the responsibility of those entities.  VDH cannot censor external sites’ content, so it is possible that some individuals who choose to browse an outside website may encounter materials or information that they consider offensive or inappropriate.  If you have questions or comments about content on a provider’s website, please contact the provider directly to address your concerns.

VDH keeps a non-public list of resources known to the transgender community which have not been listed here. If you need resources that are not included here, you are encouraged to contact Ted Heck at or 804-864-1056.

If you are a service provider who is interested in being added to the Virginia 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.

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.

In 2017, DDP began the process of developing a new statewide study. The initial pilot began in fall of 2018 in the Richmond and Charlottesville areas, and now the final version has gone live, as of April 2021! 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

Transgender Brochure ImageThe 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.

Archived Publications

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.

Last Updated: September 23, 2020.