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Wednesday, April 26 • 9:40am - 10:00am
Understanding Transgender Health Disparities In WNC

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Transgender and other gender nonconforming individuals often face discrimination in healthcare due to societal stigmas, which reduces their access to medical care, and can lead to negative health outcomes. Despite the progress that has been made over the course of the last few decades, the health inequalities between cisgender and transgender people remain apparent. This project will use survey methodology to evaluate healthcare professionals’ knowledge of and attitudes towards transgender patients, then contextualize this data with several in-depth interviews of trans identifying individuals. The surveys will inform us from the standpoint of the medical field, while the interviews will add nuance to our understanding of the issue. Several different perspectives on transgender medical care will be able to be analyzed because of these procedures, resulting in a better assessment of where and how healthcare has failed in this area. This research will document and analyze factors that contribute to the health disparities that transgender individuals face in Western North Carolina, and address potential solutions while promoting health equity.

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Wednesday April 26, 2017 9:40am - 10:00am
206 Karpen Hall