TRANSFORM Health Arkansas is a project of the Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition (ArTEC) to transform the relationships between the transgender community, providers, researchers, and other community supporters to improve the health care experience and outcomes for trans individuals. We have far too often been the subjects of research conducted about us but not with us, but through this project, we will define our own health research interests and priorities. Together with providers, researchers, and others who care, we will pursue research that focuses on the questions that matter most to us.
Between May 2015 and January 2016, ArTEC will meet monthly with a research working group (RWG) whose members include transgender individuals, providers, researchers, and other supporters. The RWG will guide the project, which will include:
• Five regional transgender health research summits around the state to hear about health issues trans Arkansans want to see studied. Trans individuals will
receive research training to facilitate summit discussions.
• An online survey of health research interests of the trans community.
• Establishing mechanisms for bidirectional communication about the project through social media, webinars, and live streaming of summits.