Research

Trans Health Research Project

The Trans Health Research Project evaluates health care delivery in primary, gender-affirming, and sexual/reproductive health care. The study investigates the factors that impact the accessibility, acceptability and quality of healthcare for transgender, Two Spirit, non-binary and gender diverse (trans) individuals in British Columbia. Our community-based research team will explore what changes are required in care delivery to address healthcare disparities, such as lack of access to gender-affirming care, geographic distribution of services, and discrimination in healthcare settings among trans people in BC.

Through partnership with local and provincial organizations, we aim to build local knowledge to support movements for systemic change and policy shifts in health care and adjacent sectors to improve the health outcomes and experiences of trans individuals in BC.

Research Objectives:

a) What are the social, structural, interpersonal and demographic factors that are associated with barriers and facilitators to primary, gender-affirming and sexual/reproductive healthcare for trans individuals in BC?

b) What areas of the healthcare sector (e.g. policies, guidelines, embedded stigma, built environment) in BC are impacting the accessibility, acceptability and quality of care for trans individuals in BC?

c) In what ways do structural factors from outside the health sector impact the accessibility, acceptability and quality of care for trans individuals in BC?

d) What changes are required in care delivery to address healthcare disparities (e.g. lack of access to gender-affirming care, geographic distribution of services, stigma and discrimination in healthcare settings, lack of trauma-informed care) among trans people in BC?

Key Team Members: Dr. Jill Chettiar, Community Co-Lead Gina Bombay (PACE Society), Community Co-Lead Kenzie Gerrand (PACE Society)

Partners: PACE Society, QMUNITY, Trans Care BC

Funding: Vancouver Foundation