Tuesday, December 27, 2016

I Wouldn’t Say That.

The population of the trans community according to some reports is about 0.5% of the overall population. Now it would be very hard for our small community to tax the healthcare systems, but if you read the headlines you would think we are creating a nationwide shortage of healthcare providers.
Demand for transgender medical care is exploding
Business Insider
By Usha Lee McFarling
December 26, 2016

Thanks to the openness of Caitlyn Jenner and others, public awareness of transgenderism — and demand for trans-specific medical care like counseling, hormone treatments, and genital surgery — is exploding, even for the youngest of patients. At the 30-plus clinics for transgender youth across the US, doctors like Olson-Kennedy can barely keep up with the demand.

Chicago’s Lurie Children’s Hospital, for example, opened its trans clinic just four years ago but already has 500 patients — and a four-month waiting list. Seattle Children’s Hospital opened its clinic in October and immediately got scores of calls. Olson-Kennedy’s clinic, the Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, is the country’s largest, treating 725 trans youth from across the western US. Five hundred of those patients are Olson-Kennedy’s.
This story on Ithaca.com is about the lack of healthcare for trans people and how a new grant might alleviate the shortage…
Expanding limited resources for transgender healthcare
By Matt Butler
December 26, 2016

One of the hardest parts about transitioning to life as a transgender person is the difficulty in finding sufficient healthcare to assist with any complications that may arise. Often, access to that type of care is restricted to big cities, such as the massive Center of Excellence for Transgender Health in San Francisco.

That may soon be changing for upstate New York. A recent grant awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program to five practitioners from The Gender Wellness Center at A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta will go toward founding the new Clinical Scholars Program, a program designed to foster networks addressing the health inequities faced by the transgender population in our medical system.

The grant is worth $500,000 over the next three years and will support a group consisting of Dr. Carolyn Wolf-Gould, Dr. Christopher Gould, Dr. Diane Georgeson, physician assistant Tania Villa, of Ithaca, and Justine Woolner-Wise, a licensed medical social worker, in their work.
“It’s dizzying in some ways, it’s hard to keep up with, but I’m pleased by it […] I find it exciting,” she said. “Things are moving fast.”
Here in Connecticut there are rumors that Middlesex Hospital is planning some type  of trans center and also Yale/New Haven Hospital has a surgeon who is doing Gender Confirming Surgery for MtF.
Hartford Hospital also has had a clinic for trans children four at least six or seven years.

1 comment:

Isa Guha said...

Good article.