Fenway’s Gender Affirming Clinical, Public Health Model Subject Of Report | Fenway Health: Health Care Is A Right, Not A Privilege. Fenway’s Gender Affirming Clinical, Public Health Model Subject Of Report – Fenway Health: Health Care Is A Right, Not A Privilege.

Fenway Health is pleased to announce the publication of a new report highlighting our commitment to gender affirming care. Comprehensive Transgender Healthcare: The Gender Affirming Clinical and Public Health Model of Fenway HealthThis report, which explains our care model and the history behind how our gender affirming services have evolved over the years, is a collaborative effort between a number of Fenway’s dedicated minds from the Medical Department, Behavioral Health, the Transgender Health Program, and The Fenway Institute. The following staff members contributed to the report:

  • Dr. Sari L. Reisner, Research Scientist at The Fenway Institute
  • Dr. Judith Bradford, Director of The Center for Population Research in LGBT Health and Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute
  • Dr. Ruben Hopwood, Coordinator of the Transgender Health Program
  • Dr. Alex Gonzalez, Medical Director
  • Dr. Harvey Makadon, Director of the National LGBT Health Education Center at The Fenway Institute
  • David Todisco, Associate Director of Behavioral Health
  • Dr. Timothy Cavanaugh, Medical Director of the Transgender Health Program
  • Rodney VanDerwarker, Vice President of Primary Care, Behavioral Health and Institute Operations
  • Chris Grasso, Associate Director of Health Informatics and Data Services
  • Shayne Zaslow, Health Informatics Specialist
  • Dr. Stephen L. Boswell, President and CEO
  • Dr. Kenneth Mayer, Co-Chair and Medical Research Director of The Fenway Institute

This report describes the evolution of Fenway Health’s multidisciplinary model of transgender healthcare, research, education, and dissemination of best practices. This process began with the development of a community-based approach to care that has been refined over almost 20 years where transgender patients have received tailored services through the Transgender Health Program. The program began as a response to unmet clinical needs and has grown through recognition that our local culturally responsive approach that links clinical care with biobehavioral and health services research, education, training, and advocacy promotes social justice and health equity for transgender people. Fenway Health’s holistic public health efforts recognize the key role of gender affirmation in the care and well-being of transgender people worldwide.

“Gender affirmation—the process through which a person’s gender is socially recognized–is a key social determinant of transgender population health,” explained Dr. Sari Reisner. “It is linked to the basic human rights of self-determination and autonomy.”

“In social, medical, and legal domains, gender affirmation is essential for transgender people’s overall health and well-being,” Dr. Reisner added. “Such a depathologizing view of transgender communities grounded in the celebration of human gender diversity is the bedrock of Fenway Health’s clinical and public health model of transgender healthcare.”

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