Transgender Health in Massachusetts: Results from a Household Probability Sample of Adults

Policy Brief: Continuous Financing Helps Advance Contraceptive Security in Burkina FasoIn an effort to determine the health care needs of the transgender population in Massachusetts, data from a household phone survey were analyzed to find the proportion of adults (age 18-64) who identify themselves as transgender and to compare the general health of transgender and non-transgender people. The study fills an important gap in the literature by providing estimates of several health indicators and socioeconomic status by transgender status in a representative household sample. This article discusses the findings of the survey, the surveillance methods used, and the study's shortcomings.

The study findings demonstrate a need for diverse sampling approaches to monitor transgender health, including adding transgender measures to large population-based surveys, and further highlight economic inequities that warrant intervention. American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 102, No. 1, Kerith J. Conron, Gunner Scott, Grace Sterling Stowell, and Stewart J. Landers. JSI, 2012.

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