Harvard Medical School’s Effort to Change Transgender Healthcare


Harvard Medical School has recently launched the Sexual and Gender Minorities Health Equity Initiative, a three-year plan designed to train students and faculty clinicians in how to provide affirming and competent care for sexual and gender minority patients of all ages. As transgender folks face countless barriers in the healthcare system, the initiative is meant to change the landscape of medical care for LGBTQ patients across the country. The program acknowledges that the most meaningful way to improve care for transgender and gender-nonconforming patients is the education of medical staff and faculty and the direct engagement of the gender identities involved. According to Healthy People 2020, transgender folks alone experience disproportionate rates of suicide, mental health disorders, and sexually transmitted diseases. The Sexual and Gender Minorities Health Equity Initiative is working to change that and make healthcare more accessible and safe for people of all gender identities.

For Further Reading

If you want to learn more about the barriers to healthcare that transgender folks experience, you can check out this article published by the National Institute of Health.


Discussion Question

Have you ever felt scared to go to the doctor because of your gender identity?


Action Item

To show your support for the trans community, check out the National Center for Transgender Equality and find out ways you can get involved here.

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