Clinic Provides Transgender Care From Transgender Docs

By Medscape Staff

October 21, 2021

Transhealth Northampton in Massachusetts is the first rural transgender health clinic in the nation and is led by a team of transgender, nonbinary, and queer clinicians aiming to change the primary care experience for the transgender community.

What to know:

  • Only 40% of transgender people are out to all of their healthcare providers, according to the 2015 US Transgender Survey by the National Center for Transgender Equality.

  • Transhealth Northampton in Massachusetts aims to change that by offering a wide range of trans-affirming primary and mental healthcare services, from check-ups to counseling, to rural communities throughout New England.

  • Patients may wait months to see transgender specialists in big cities for pressing medical needs, whereas Transhealth aims to see patients within a week.

  • Medical records are entered in view of the patient, who has the opportunity to review the information and the name and pronouns entered that could be sent to outside providers.

  • CEO Dallas Ducar also hopes to establish an institutional review board within Transhealth, consisting of experts that would approve any medical research studies conducted related to transgender communities.

This is a summary of the article, "In Western Massachusetts, a clinic by and for transgender people seeks to revolutionize healthcare," published by Modern Healthcare on October 20. The full article can be found on modernhealthcare.com.

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