With increased prevalence and duration of pediatric mental health boarding that disparately impacts transgender and gender diverse (TGD) youth, it is critical to consider disparities that TGD youth experience in accessing mental health care. Although mental health care for TGD youth has long been considered specialty care, frontline, primary medical, and mental health clinicians must be equipped to serve TGD patients’ psychiatric needs. Inequities that TGD youth face require examination and intervention at multiple levels, including societal discrimination, lack of culturally responsive primary mental health care, and barriers to gender-affirming care in emergency departments and psychiatric inpatient units.
"Pediatric sexual orientation and gender identity data collection in the electronic health record" was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Authored by Hilary Goldhammer, Chris Grasso, Sabra Katz-Wise, Katherine Thomson, Allegra Gordon and Alex Keuroghlian, this article highlights methods that pediatric primary care organizations can use to collect and document sexual orientation and gender identity information with children and adolescents in electronic health records.
Article on Care for Trans Youth Features Dr. Keuroghlian and the National LGBT Health Education Center
Dr. Alex Keuroghlian, Director of Education and Training Programs, is interviewed in this new Healio article titled "Pediatricians play ‘critical’ role in care of transgender youths."
Advancing Excellence in Sexual and Gender Minority Health is a national CME course developed in response to a high volume of queries from clinicians and health care staff seeking to learn about providing high-quality care for patients who identify as a sexual or gender minority.