Steps . . .
Each journey begins with a first one step. We could not have imagined where we would be when we took our first step in November 2015. Our five-course Transgender Health Learning Series was framed by our Houston listening session. Transgender authors and reviewers started our journey. We found our village along the way. A village with dedicated transgender people and parents of trans youth. Clinicians who improve the lives of trans people daily. Researchers who work with trans people and clinicians to conduct and disseminate research improving transgender lives. We’ve traveled from El Paso to Nacogdoches. From Edinburg to Lubbock. Through Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. Our village has grown over these months and years. Today, we have been funded by twenty organizations and individuals. Each dollar invested to improve the lives of trans people and help our village community take the next steps forward.
Our Network and Community
Two hundred and twenty-six people actively participated in our eight Regional Summits. Many travelled several hours to attend, some spending the night before the meeting since we started early on Saturday morning. Our meetings last our and in some cases six hours. Our Regional Co-Leads arranged for several universities, two Children’s Hospitals, a hotel, and a medical school to host our gathers.
Each Summit has its own distinct personality reflecting the regional differences in a state 800-mile wide and 800-miles deep. Yet, even with regional differences we found common themes. This was most apparent in asking participants to identify the #1 and #2 medical research questions should be.
Expanding our network
Improving lives is a noble calling. Improving the lives of individuals and families in the transgender community is a very noble calling. We have an opportunity to do something no one else can accomplish at our scale. We have a unique opportunity to create a statewide, transgender-focused research community across 254 Texas counties and several counties in New Mexico. Potentially, we can impact the lives of over 200,000 transgender people in our state. We can help transform healthcare by disseminating our research results.
It will take everyone we can bring to our research network to make this happen. We are expanding our network to include:
- clinicians and researchers who will work with transgender people and parents of transgender youth in developing research projects
- transgender people who are key stakeholders in the design, implementation, and dissemination of the research
- trans people to take enroll in The PRIDE Study and our clinical studies
- key stakeholder organizations and corporate partners who are inclusive, employ transgender people, and will help us build research capacity for transgender health
We also need each of us to serve as trusted advocates and enroll people in our clinical studies and The PRIDE Study.