Learning Resources — Transgender Health

Insurance Considerations for Navigating Gender-affirming Care

Cei Lambert, Program Manager for the National LGBT Health Education Center, discusses insurance barriers and navigation solutions for assisting gender diverse patients in accessing gender-affirming care.

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Building Your Family: LGBTQ Reproductive Options

Dr. Rebekah Viloria, OBGYN at Fenway Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, presents the most up-to-date options and strategies for LGBTQ people to build a family. This webinar covers options for conception including alternative insemination, IVF, IUI, and more.

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Addressing HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections among LGBTQ People: A Primer for Health Centers

Some lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people face an increased risk for HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The increased risk of HV and STIs in these populations stems from both social and biological factors.Health center clinicians can help address HIV and STIs among LGBTQ people by screening appropriately based on a comprehensive sexual history, providing culturally appropriate safer sex counseling, and offering biomedical prevention strategies, such as vaccinations and pre-exposure prophylaxis for HV (PrEP).

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Behavioral Health Assessments and Referral for Gender-Affirming Surgery

In this webinar Dr. Ruben Hopwood discusses gender dysphoria, surgical options and eligibility criteria for gender-affirming surgery. It also addresses basic mental health assessments and how to write referral letters.

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Navigating Gender Affirming Care

In this webinar, Ruben Hopwood, MDiv, PhD and Steph DeNormand present on aspects of navigating medical gender affirmation. Topics will include options for gender affirmation, criteria for accessing gender confirmation surgeries, and how to locate up to date information on insurance for their state and coverage area.

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Providing Mental Health Assessments for Gender Affirming Surgery Referral Letters

In this webinar, Sarah Eley, LICSW will discuss the process of providing mental health assessments for transgender and gender diverse people who are seeking a letter(s) of referral for gender affirming surgeries.  Guidance will be provided on the steps within an assessment as well as considerations for administrative systems which can ease the process. The webinar will also address the presence of the power differential and providing assessments from a gender informed and affirming perspective.

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Transgender Legal Services and Medical-Legal Partnerships

Transgender people have unprecedented access to medical care, but pervasive health disparities persist. Widespread discrimination in health insurance, employment, housing and education, and barriers to obtaining accurate identity documents continue to undermine the health of transgender people. Health care providers play an important role in connecting patients to needed legal services. This can be effectively accomplished through integrated services of a medical-legal partnership that specifically meets the needs of transgender patients.

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Addressing Social Determinants of Health for LGBT People (Part 1)

In this webinar, Sean Cahill, PhD, Director of Policy at The Fenway Institute, will address social determinants of health (SDOH) that can increase the vulnerability of LGBT people to health disparities. These include poverty, homelessness, housing, discrimination, minority stress, incarceration, health care, and education.

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HIV and STI Prevention among LGBTQ People

Kevin Ard, MD, MPH, discusses increasing rates of sexually-transmitted infections in the United States, and how these infections disproportionately burden LGBTQ people. In addition, transgender women and gay and bisexual men continue to face high burdens of HIV infection. This clinically-focused webinar will highlight state-of-the-art approaches to HIV and STI prevention for LGBTQ people, ranging from well-established interventions such as pre-exposure prophylaxis and vaccinations to novel strategies, including antibiotic post-exposure prophylaxis for STIs.

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Behavioral Health Care for Transgender Adults

In this webinar, Dr. Keuroghlian will discuss behavioral health care needs for transgender adults and best practices, including adaptation of a minority stress framework in clinical practice, treatment for depression and anxiety, addressing substance use disorders, implementing principles of trauma-informed care, and considerations related to suicide prevention. The webinar will also address the role that behavioral health clinicians play in the gender affirmation process.

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