Trans-specific ACES: How culture, experiences, and trauma influence health disparities

April 10, 2022

Many of us are familiar with ACEs – Adverse Childhood Experiences – and how they influence the health and wellness of both youth and adults. This webinar will explore and compare ACEs data in the general population with rates many trans/nonbinary people experience. Additional information will examine trans-specific ACEs that layer on extra challenges in childhood that have long-lasting impact throughout the lifespan. Concrete suggestions will be discussed of how and where each of us can intervene and change the trajectory of health disparities for trans youth and adults.

1:03 Agenda overview
2:51 Who is FORGE?
6:30 Thank you to funder
6:42 Setting the stage: quick stats
11:55 Reminder about pronouns

12:40 Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
19:39 All of Us study
23:56 Lifelong violence and health disparities
26:33 Effect of ACEs on trans people
38:50 Jada’s story (video)

44:27 Trans-specific ACEs
1:17:19 Brainstorming protective factors
1:30:31 Disrupting the ACEs with practical interventions
1:34:42 Resources Q&A
1:41:48 How old is the “Born Perfect” video?

1:42:15 Supporting trans adults
1:42:26 Secondary trauma and legislative impacts
1:43:35 Language around obesity
1:46:42 How does gatekeeping impact accessing trauma services?
1:49:53 How are nonbinary people affected by gender segregated spaces?

Objectives: Name at least two Adverse Childhood Experiences that are specific to transgender/non-binary individuals. Explain some of the steps by which Adverse Childhood Experiences lead to health disparities. Name at least three interventions that can be used to help lower the health consequences (disparities) for transgender/non-binary individuals.

Presenters: michael munson Loree Cook-Daniels

Thank you to our funder: This webinar is supported by funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health under cooperative agreement number UG4LM013729 at the University of Iowa, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Recorded April 2022.