Public Comment

Strategic Plan for Health Research: Public Comment

January 2020

In December 2019, the Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office of the National Institutes of Health issued a request for information that would assist the office in developing its FY 2021-2025 strategic plan.


The Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office coordinates sexual and gender minority-related research and activities within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Office is required to regularly update its strategic plan with input from various stakeholders, including health, research, and related communities.

The Office’s strategic plan provides the NIH with a framework to improve the health of sexual and gender minority populations through research and support of others conducting research. The Office is committed to refining the plan to best meet the needs of the community based on recommendations from stakeholders.

This comment conveys the importance of sustained attention to transgender populations in NIH research. The comment recommends that the Office adopt a plan that prioritizes community-based participatory research as a strategy to promote health equity. In addition, given the need for large samples to examine health patterns across intersecting social statuses, the NIH should consider funding mechanisms to support large data collection efforts.

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Strategic Plan for Health Research: Public Comment