New Study Finds That Health Care Providers And Transgender Patients In The Rural Northeast Believe Systems-Level Changes In Health Care Settings Are Needed To Improve Quality Of Care

A study published this month in PLOS ONE examined the perspectives of health care staff about their experiences working with transgender and gender diverse (TGD) patients and the perspectives of TGD community members about their access to and experiences of health care. Findings from the study underscore the need to address the priorities of both TGD patients and providers when devising strategies to improve the quality of care. Authored by researchers at The Fenway Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School), Boston University School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, , and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, “Understanding community member and health care professional perspectives on gender-affirming care—A qualitative study” adds new knowledge to the growing body of research on barriers to gender-affirming health care by focusing on the experiences of health care staff and TGD community members who live and work in rural areas.

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COVID-19 ECHO Launching in November

The COVID-19 ECHO program is designed to increase your health center's capacity to identify and implement best practices for meeting the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and all sexual and gender minority (LGBTQIA+) patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Register for Advancing Excellence in Sexual and Gender Minority Health Conference

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.

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New Journal Article: Planning a Transgender Health Program

"A Blueprint for Planning and Implementing a Transgender Health Program" was recently published in the journal, Annals of Family Medicine. Authored by Director of Training and Education Programs, Dr. Alex S. Keuroghlian, Dr. Anna M. Morenz, Cei A. Lambert, and Dr. Ruben Hopwood, this article presents a blueprint for planning and implementing a transgender health program within a primary care practice in order to enhance the capacity of the health care system to meet the physical and mental health needs of this underserved population.

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