The Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition is committed to improving health care access and the quality of health care received by trans and gender non-conforming people through education, resources, and advocacy.
Quality health care for transgender communities and individuals
We are working for racial, social, and economic justice, and recognize that we are part of a multi-issue movement that includes gender liberation, as well as differences around race, class, age, sexuality, ability, immigrant status, and much more.
Who Are We?
We are trans and allied community organizers and health care providers working to improve the health care experiences of transgender, transsexual, intersex, genderqueer, and other gender non-conforming people living in Minnesota.
Roxanne Anderson, Interim Executive Director
Roxanne's work addresses issues of marginalized people. In addition to serving as Interim Executive Director for the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, she serves as Board Chair for the Hughes Foundation and in advisory roles with RECLAIM for Youth and the GLBT Host Home Program. She is Co-Founder/Co-Director of RARE Productions.
Jay Masika, Health Educator
(bio coming soon)
Jay can be found at The Exchange weekly during Support Group (Wed 6-7:30pm) and Shot Clinic Hours (Wed 5-6pm, Thurs 10am-2pm, Fri 4-6pm).
Daniel English, Syringe Exchange Coordinator
(bio coming soon)
Daniel runs the Syringe Exchange every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am-2pm.
Billy Navarro, Jr., Office Assistant
(bio coming soon)
If you have any questions about our programs or about volunteer opportunities, please call our office at 612-823-1152.
Board of Directors
Josh Breeding, PharmD, BCPS, Board Co-Chair
JB is a clinical pharmacy leader at the University of Minnesota Fairview Medical Center specializing in cardiology and pulmonology pharmacology, the pharmaceutical care of complex heart and lung patients. A founding member of MTHC, he contributes health care expertise, leadership, and education and training skills.
Devin Reynolds, Board Treasurer
Coming from a background in health care management where he was responsible for budget administration, Devin brings to the board the skills of fiscal management, volunteer coordination, and grant writing. He has experience in event planning and outreach through various groups including genderBLUR and TMen.
Ian Christensen, LPN, Board member (Photo coming soon)
Ian has been working with the trans community for the last 15 years. He is currently employed at People Incorporated where he works as a nurse / case manager with a focus on addiction and homelessness. Ian is an advocate of harm reduction and coordinates the Trans Health Project Shot Clinic. He brings to the board a wealth of skills in advocacy, training, grant writing, and youth work.
Erica Fields, Board member (Photo & bio coming soon)
Jamie Ann Meyers, Board member
Jamie Ann is a transexual woman active as a trainer in the Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance and as a board member of Lutherans Concerned North America. She is an advocate for social justice and her training experience focuses on ally development and health in the GLBTQIA community. Jamie Ann retired in 2010 as Professor Emerita of Geoscience at Winona State University, and is now using her 39 years of classroom experience to do education on GLBTQIA issues in secular and faith communities.She has been married to her wife for 43 years and has two adult children and three grandchildren.She joined MTHC in 2008 as a member of the conference planning committee and is looking forward to many years of service to the GLBTQIA community.
Leigh Smythe, Board member (Photo coming soon)
Legally a woman, Leigh says "I often identify as 'a woman of transgender history' because although born a woman inside, I was given too much male anatomy which took over 50 years to change." She has two children (a man and a woman), and one grandson (most likely a boy at 4.5 years old). Leigh has been out and heavily involved in working for change for GLBTQI people for almost six years. She has volunteered and worked for Outfront Minnesota, PFund, MTHC, CLCC, and has helped many individuals working on becoming. Known for her heart, she decided long ago that the best way to fight bigotry and oppression was with love and optimism, which has caused her to be disappointed too often -- but she will never give in. She says, "if love can't be heard, I don't want to live in that universe."
Meetings began in the summer of 2002, after a series of programs on trans health care co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota's GLBTA Programs Office, Schochet Center for GLBT Studies, and medical school. Renowned transgender activist and author Leslie Feinberg participated in lectures and roundtable discussions with various cross-sections of the community during the series, inspiring a desire to actively bring about change in the health care system.
The goal of the coalition is to improve health care access and the quality of health care received by trans individuals. One way we are doing this is by creating a network of trans-friendly, trans-competent health care providers, using a combination of networking, assessment and training. Actions include developing assessment tools for clinics and providers, providing trans-related training to clinics and providers, and encouraging awareness and self-advocacy in transgender health care consumers through outreach and education.
Any transgender health care network must have support and input from local transgender and allied communities. In order to answer the question, “What does good transgender health care look like?” the Coalition conducted surveys to gather opinions, insights, ideas, and experiences on health care. In 2003, surveys were sent to several local trans groups and listservs, and surveys were also completed at both Twin Cities and Duluth GLBT pride celebrations. In addition to these surveys two community forums on transgender health care were held, the first in October 2003 with a follow up forum in December 2003. Both forums were organized by the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition and were co-sponsored by the Women’s Student Activist Coalition at the U of M, genderBLUR, and the Rainbow Health Initiative. More community forums are being planned for the future.
The Coalition has been reaching out to the community through our annual Trans Community Health and Wellness Fair, started in 2007 and held annually. Starting July 2008, the "Trans Health Matters" Community Forum was launched. We seek feedback after each of our events, and host information tables at various community events throughout the year.
How You Can Get Involved
In addition to the Shot Clinic, Syringe Exchange and Support Group, the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition maintains a resource directory of trans-friendly and trans-competent health care providers such as physicians and therapists who are interested in or actively working with the trans community. Additions to this list from individuals in the trans community are welcome.
The coalition is also looking for other trans people and allies who are invested in improving the health care experience of transgender, transsexual, intersex, genderqueer, and other gender variant people living in Minnesota. Time commitments can vary.