Creating a Medical Home for Transgender Youth
In 2015, El Rio Community Health Center decided to make a commitment to caring for transgender patients as a part of its overall mission to provide world-class health care to underserved communities in southern Arizona. This presentation will focus on how that journey has developed for the care of transgender youth.
A multidisciplinary committee comprised of representatives from medical and behavioral health, administration, and support services met to discuss issues that had arisen in the past and new issues that arose as patients came into the center, and try to prevent troublesome issues from arising in the future. We reached out to nationally known experts, local support groups, and providers in the community. We have now developed a program for primary and specialty care of transgender youth and have become a leader in the Tucson community. In this session we’ll share what we have learned.