News • June 25, 2020

Transgender Health Outcomes Improve When Providers Take These Steps

Stigma, confusion and outright discrimination shape the healthcare experiences of many transgender and gender non-conforming people. In a national survey of transgender people in the U.S., 29% said health care providers had refused to see them because of their actual or perceived gender identity.

On this edition of Embodied, host Anita Rao learns about the ways gender-affirming doctor's visits, home life and classrooms can improve health outcomes for transgender and gender-nonconforming people.

The UNC Transgender Health Program is providing comprehensive transgender healthcare, from surgery to therapy. Program manager and registered nurse Katherine Croft shares the ways health providers across North Carolina can learn more about the needs and identities of patients. Croft also exposes inconsistencies in Medicaid and the State Health Plan's definitions of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery that excludes the health needs of transgender patients.

There are many kinds of physical transitions that humans go through in life, and the ways transgender people can healthily navigate those changes remain under-researched and marginalized in medicine.

To read and hear more, head over to WUNC.

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