Portland State of Mind: The Future of Transgender Health
Friday, October 18, 2019 - 12:00pm to Friday, October 18, 2019 - 4:00pm
Portland State of Mind: The Future of Transgender Health

What: The Future of Transgender Health

When: Friday, October 18, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Light lunch served at 11:00 a.m.

Where: Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU), room 327/9, 1825 SW Broadway

Cost: Free with ticket. Reserve tickets here.

Contact: Cara Cooper,, 503-494-2550

Please join us for a public health research symposium focused on transgender health. Oregon is as a leader in transgender health and transgender rights, and our School of Public Health has an active research program on health of sexual/gender minority populations.

In this event SPH faculty will present research being conducted in Portland, statewide, and around the nation. Topics include community-engaged research, health policy, and transgender-inclusive health care and health services research. Throughout, we will emphasize engagement with transgender communities during the research process, and the event will prominently include community voices.

We request that people refrain from photography and recording at this event.

SPH, OHSU and PSU Speakers:

Keynote: Alexis Dinno is transgender, an epidemiologist, and an Associate Professor;at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. Her research is at the intersection of quantitative methodology in epidemiologic research, social justice & health equity in policy, and urban-scale human ecology. In some of this work she teaches and enacts the just and accurate representation of transgender identity in health research and studying transgender population health.



Jae Downing (they/them/theirs) is an Assistant Professor at OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. Their research focuses on the health of gender and sexual minority populations, and the role of policies in changing access to healthcare for these populations. Some of their current projects include use of gender-affirming care and health of transgender adults and youth in Oregon Health Plan, substance use among gender minority youth in Oregon, and pregnancy and birth outcomes of queer people.
Julia Przedworski they) is a Senior Research Associate at the OHSU School of Nursing and a Scientific Advisor & Trainer at Diversity Science. Their work focuses on advancing LGBTQ health care equity in Oregon and nationally. Julia is currently examining medical student and resident preparedness to care for LGBTQ patients, and is developing interventions that increase providers’ competence to care inclusively and equitably for trans and queer patients.
Jonathan Snowden (he/him/his) is an assistant professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. He is an epidemiologist and health services researcher whose work focuses on racial/ethnic inequities, pregnancy/birth, sexual/gender minority populations, and their intersections. He is a methodologist who specializes in methods for causal inference from routinely collected data.
Christina J. Sun, PhD, MS (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. Her research focuses on reducing HIV and sexual and gender minority health disparities through community-based intervention research. She is currently developing, implementing, and testing several interventions, including a sexual health promotion app for and with transgender women.

Invited Guest Speaker:

Jae Sevelius, PhD, (they or she) is Associate Professor with the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a licensed clinical psychologist. As co-founder and principal investigator at the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, Dr. Sevelius’ community-based, federally-funded research is focused on leveraging data to develop transgender–specific, trauma-informed programs led by trans communities themselves. Their interventions seek to promote sexual health and resilience among transgender people, with an emphasis on serving transgender women of color and those affected by HIV in the San Francisco Bay Area and in São Paulo, Brazil.

This event is hosted by the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health in conjunction with Public Health Portland Style and the SPH Research Seminar Series

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