Our community has had a second opportunity to share critical feedback and information that will allow us to take the next step forward in advocating & creating change for TGNC folks.  We want to say thank you to everyone who has helped by sharing their experiences. With support from the University of Michigan, we are looking into the crucial insights to advance the quality of care that our TGNC community receives. As a sequel to Finding Our Strength, which explored stressors in our daily life, the Michigan Trans Health Survey is a deeper, more comprehensive look at our experience within healthcare. 

In this data, will be exploring connections and key findings.  We believe that the insights we discover will lead to improved care. We will be working with this data to inform future training & education of healthcare providers on what you expect from a gender-affirming doctor/provider 

While we are exploring the data, we are also facilitating the first, state-wide Trans Health Research Advisory Board. 


What is the Michigan Trans Health Survey?
The Michigan Trans Health Survey is a collaboration between Dr. Shanna Kattari (University of Michigan School of Social Work/The Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities) and Transcend the Binary (a community organization committed to support the trans communities here in Michigan). There has not yet been an overarching survey of the transgender and non-binary communities in Michigan, and this survey is part of beginning to better understand, and eventually change the health experiences of these individuals for the better.

The goals of this survey are to:

1) Assess the state of transgender and non-binary people’s health here in Michigan, including access to doctors, current health, ability to get trans affirming care, experiences with interpersonal violence, mental health concerns, etc.
2) Better understand how medical providers need to shift their practice and approach to care to be as trans affirming in their communication and care as possible.
3) Collect a baseline of information, such as how many transgender and non-binary people are insured, what they are having to pay out of pocket for care, if they are being offered tests and preventative care, etc., in order to work towards changing policies regarding inclusivity.

We plan to use this information to push for policy change, learn how to better train providers around trans inclusivity, and to understand how things like policies, political climate, etc., impact the health of transgender and non-binary individuals in Michigan over time.

Who created the questions?

A lot of different individuals helped to create this survey. Some pieces were based of the Colorado Transgender Health Survey (conducted in Colorado in 2014), while others were added or changed by members of the trans community who felt there was a need for them. Other researchers with knowledge about specific areas (sexual and reproductive health, intimate partner violence, health communications, etc.) also suggested questions. Members of Transcend the Binary, transgender and non-binary researchers, and transgender and non-binary community members also offered feedback at multiple stages of the survey development.

Is this confidential?

Yes – in fact, it is anonymous! We are not collecting names, birth dates, zip codes, IP addresses, phone numbers, or any other information that can connect your answers to you. Your responses with be “aggregated” (combined with) all of the other responses so that we can look at trends, and experiences of certain identities within these communities, rather than at individuals responses.

Do I get paid?

As a thank you for completing the survey, we are happy to provide you a $10 gift card as a thank you for your time! A link will take you to a NEW survey (separate from your answers) to ask for you conact information so that we can send you this gift card. Otherwise, we are unfortunately, we are not able pay participants or outreach coordinators and are only recruiting volunteers. 

Who has access to this data?

Dr. Kattari and her research team (which includes others researchers in social work, nursing, public health, psychology, and OB-GYN, as well as graduate students who are interested in improving trans related health care and mental health support structures – both trans/non-binary and cisgender individuals). Transcend the Binary and their staff. Eventually, we also hope to share the data with others community members and researchers who are dedicated to disrupting transphobia and ciscentrism, and working to improve policy and practice for the trans community.

Have more questions? Email skattari@umich.edu for more answers. 

Want to know how you can help? Spread the word! The more of our community that responds, the louder our voice will become! 

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Exhibit travels to Oakland University, 
Panel Discussions at University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research