Four Steps to Providing Health Care for Transgender People

Time: .5-1.5 hours. Specifically designed to be delivered in a short Rounds setting.

Audience: Health Care Providers.

AV equipment: LCD projector, Lavalier microphone if more than 40 participants

This course has met approval for CME accreditation in numerous states; contact us for the materials to secure CME/CEUs for your audience.

Description of course:

Well-meaning, committed providers often feel at a loss for meeting the needs of transgender patients because little information or training exists on the topic. This session will focus on four essential steps towards providing good care: 1) understanding the range of transgender possibilities and what that means both medically and socially; 2) differentiating transgender care from work with G/L/B populations; 3) becoming familiar with referrals and protocols for care; and 4) examining institutional-related barriers and solutions to addressing those barriers. The workshop is interactive and skills-oriented, providing participants with information and strategies to use in their current work.

The presenter is a member of the transgender community as well as a seasoned trainer who has presented on transgender awareness and health topics nationally for the past nine years.

This curriculum was partially developed from results of a needs assessment with health care providers in the New England area conducted with the support of the New England AIDS Education and Training Center. View article of that study: Identifying Training Needs of Health Care Providers, in Transgender Health and HIV Prevention, (2005), The Haworth Press. [PDF Document]

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the presentation, providers in attendance will:

  1. Understand basic definitions and range of transgender expressions, including differences in desire for and access to surgical or hormonal intervention.
  2. Distinguish between biological sex, gender identity and sexual orientation and ways in which care for transgendered populations specifically differs from care for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual communities.
  3. Become familiar with protocols for care for transgender people and examine methods for collaboration and referral with other providers with expertise in working with transgender people.
  4. Identify 2-3 barriers within their agencies or practice and solutions to those barriers, including using principles of cultural competence to provide access to care for transgender patients.