McDermott Represents National Health Law Program in Research Supporting Black Transgender, Gender Nonconforming and Intersex Individuals


International law firm McDermott Will & Emery is proud to announce a cross-office team assisted the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) with a pro bono project aimed at compiling data, resources and research on the health disparities and needs of Black transgender, gender nonconforming and intersex individuals (TGI). NHeLP is using the research to develop an in-depth paper on the topic in order to set the stage for future advocacy work.

“Our research has revealed that there is very little medical, legal or psychosocial research on the topic of Black TGI individuals’ health needs,” Greg Fosheim, co-lead for the project and a partner in McDermott’s Healthcare Practice Group, said.

“With McDermott’s support, NHeLP is taking a deep dive into this subject in order to develop critical resources advocating for structural change in our healthcare system and to pursue legal strategies to improve health care access,” Elizabeth Taylor, NHeLP executive director, added.

NHeLP protects and advances health rights of low-income and underserved individuals and families. It advocates, educates and litigates at the federal and state levels to advance health and civil rights in the United States. The goal of the project is to call attention to the inequities that Black TGI individuals face in the healthcare system and highlight the need for more research and advocacy in this area.

The McDermott team was led by Drew McCormick and Greg Fosheim with additional support from Montserrat Alvarenga, Jennifer Berman, Stacey Callaghan, Dexter Golinghorst, John Hoffman, Taylor Edward Hood, Lauren Knizner, Vincent Leahey, Marika Miller, Cathy Ren, Kevin Wang and Patrick Zanayed.

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