Feds Spend $189,186 to Study Transgender Mortality Using VA Medical Records

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $189,186 in taxpayer dollars to Emory University to study the mortality of transgendered people, using electronic medical records for people who receive care from the Veterans Affairs Administration.

“The purpose of this study is to determine whether transgender persons defined as those who medically change the gender assigned to them at birth (male to female or female to male) have higher or lower risk of death and certain diseases than men and women that do not consider themselves transgender,” the grant said.

Participants will be selected from electronic medical records of two large health care systems – the Veterans Affairs Administration (nationally) and Kaiser Permanente (in Georgia and northern California).