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More Than 400 Health Professionals Attend Advancing Excellence in Transgender Health

Photo of speakers and audience at 2017 Advancing Excellence in Transgender Health Conference

The 3rd Annual Advancing Excellence in Transgender Health conference was a resounding success!  On October 13 and 14, more than 400 primary care providers, behavioral health clinicians, nurses, social workers, and other allied health professionals attended the two-day conference organized by The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health.  This year’s conference was offered as a course accredited by Harvard Medical School, with participants representing 35 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Canada.

The conference included presentations from the nation’s top experts on such topics as “Family Systems of Transgender Children,” “Obstetric Care and Reproductive Health for Transgender People,” “Behavioral Health Care for Transgender Adults,” and “Transgender and Gender Non-conforming People of Color.”  In addition to didactic presentations, both days of the conference featured a panel of transgender community members sharing their experiences, and case scenario discussions co-facilitated by Fenway clinicians and behavioral health providers.

“We designed the conference as a 2-day immersive experience in all major areas of transgender health, so clinicians could emerge more confident and competent providing excellent care. The feedback we received from participants is terrific, and we plan to further expand the program next year,” says Dr. Alex Keuroghlian, Director of Education and Training Programs at The Fenway Institute.

Advancing Excellence in Transgender Health 2017 builds on two successful conferences held at Fenway’s Ansin Building on Boylston Street.  After selling out two years in a row, it became clear that we needed to move the conference to a bigger venue and attract a wider audience.  Thank you to all the presenters, volunteers, faculty and staff who helped to make this event such a success.

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