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Michigan: Faculty Receive NIH Funding to Address Public Health Needs of Transgender Women of Color

University of Michigan School of Public Health researchers recently received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to further investigate the public health needs of transgender women of color.

The project is a community-academic partnership between researchers at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and the Trans Sistas of Color Project-Detroit. Gender-based violence is a significant public health crisis and contributes to inequities in human immunodeficieny virus (HIV) among transgender women of color. Evidence suggests that 58-89 percent of transgender women of color experience violence. 

“This partnership — called the Love Her Collective — is an exciting first step in developing urgent public health programs for, with, and by transgender women of color,” said Dr. Kristi Gamarel, assistant professor of health behavior and health education and principal investigator on the project.

Other Michigan Public Health researchers working on the project include Ms. Laura Jadwin-Cakmak, Dr. Gary Harper, and Ms. Racquelle Trammell.

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