Medical professionals and community members interested in transgender health are holding a conference today convened by Brown University, Rhode Island College, and nonprofit advocacy group the TGI Network. The conference comes at a time of heated rhetoric about transgender issues.
Doctors, psychiatrists and others will learn how to provide better care to transgender patients at the conference. Rhode Island College assistant professor and conference organizer Dan Harvey says the current climate around repealing the Affordable Care Act raises concerns for trans patients.
“It’s already difficult depending on the health care plan trans clients may have. How is this going to affect them in the future and having access to medical care?”
Harvey says this is the group’s third transgender health conference. He says health care providers and community members are interested in everything from how to provide better gender transition services to mental health care.
Harvey says more than 300 attendees are expected registration filled up quickly.
“There’s clearly a need that we’re trying to support because these are potentially marginalized clients that need support in the community on a number of different domains.”