Expanding Care Services for Gender-Diverse Patients
Since 2018, the Transgender and Gender Non-Binary (TGNB) Health Program has been providing gender-affirming care to UW Medicine patients. The program offers a complete spectrum of gender-affirming care. Primary care, medication management, hormone replacement therapy, reproductive and sexual healthcare, and mental health care are core services, along with psychological evaluations that insurers require to cover surgery.
The TGNB team is working to expand access to their services and offer more training opportunities for faculty, students, residents and fellows.
“We know there is a growing need for gender-affirming surgeries and other types of care among the gender-diverse community here in Washington and throughout the country, and an excitement among local community members that they can access these types of care at UW Medicine,” says Dr. Corinne Heinen, clinical professor (Allergy and Infectious Diseases), clinical director for the TGNB program, and director of the UW School of Medicine’s LGBTQ Health Pathway. “We are proud to expand our services and program to meet their needs and to help advance healthcare equity among gender-diverse people.”