Trans Aging Project


Funding for this study was provided by: University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute - Community Health Collaborative Grant; University of Minnesota Office of the Vice President for Research - Serendipity Grant on Aging.

Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health Award Number UL1TR000114.

The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views ofthe National Institutes of Health. This 2017 study was conducted by Dr. Abel Knochel of the University of Minnesota Duluth and Dylan Flunker of Rainbow Health Initiative, and sought to explore:

  • What medical and aging resources are available for transgender older adults?
  • How do transgender older adults experience health services and aging services in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and the Arrowhead region?
  • What do health services and aging services need in order to better serve this population?
To learn more about the Minnesota Transgender Aging Project, download the full report HERE


MN Trans Aging Project thanks the following for their support of this project:

-Northland LGBT Elders, for support in developing the funding proposal and study
design, help in locating trans older adults in the Arrowhead area, and presenting on early

-Dr. Terri McCarthy, for guidance on study design, helping to craft the provider survey, and
outreach to medical providers.

-Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging for help in identifying and reaching out to providers
of aging services to participate.

-Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging for help in disseminating the survey to providers of
aging services.

-Dr. Rebekah J. Pratt for qualitative analysis training and support.

-Leading Age MN, Care Providers of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Medical Association
for inviting their membership to participate.

-Heidi Johnson of Rainbow Health Initiative, for marketing and communications support.

-Rainbow Health Initiative staff Joann Usher, John Azbill-Salisbury, and John Parker-Der
Boghossian for their ideas and support.

-Quatrefoil Library, for hosting a community gathering of interview participants