Trans-Inclusive Health Care Training

NC State Trans-Inclusive Health Care Training Summary of Content Transgender and gender nonconforming people face many barriers to competent healthcare and behavioral healthcare, in part due to a lack of training and competency among medical and behavioral health providers. This program will serve to meet the following objectives:

  • Define and discuss some of the language and at least four terms used to describe the experience of gender nonconforming people
  • Identify two health disparities of transgender people
  • Identify two clinical practice guidelines and standards of care for the medical and behavioral health care of transgender people
  • Provide 3 ways for clinicians and clinics to become more trans-affirming
  • Discuss options for transition, including social, hormonal and surgical transition
  • Discuss hormone therapy for gender transition, including initiation and monitoring, risks and benefits, and informed consent model. Participants will be able to name 3 benefits and 3 risks each of both feminizing and masculinizing hormone therapy.
  • Be able to write a letter of support for clients desiring surgery for gender transition, if needed.
  • Discuss options for those who identify as nonbinary
  • Review trans affirming preventive healthcare, including two ways to tailor preventive care for specific individuals
  • Discuss reproductive options for gender nonconforming people, including 2 contraceptive options for transmasculine individuals.

Summary of Presenter’s Education and Experience

Jennifer Abbott, MD is a board certified family physician, with Western North Carolina Community Health Services since 2005. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and MAHEC Family Medicine Residency Program. Her practice includes pediatric, adolescent and adult medicine, as well as HIV care and a special focus on women’s health and gynecologic procedures. She oversees the clinic’s Transgender Health Program, which now includes over 200 gender non-conforming adult, adolescent, and pediatric patients. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), and the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology.

Recommended Reading

  • GLAAD Media Reference Guide—Transgender Issues
  • Green, Emma, “When Doctors Refuse to Treat LGBT Patients,” The Atlantic, April 19, 2016,
  • The Mental Health of Transgender Youth: Advances in Understanding. Connolly MD1, Zervos MJ2, Barone CJ 2nd3, Johnson CC4, Joseph CL4. J Adolesc Health. 2016 Nov;59(5):489-495. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2016.06.012. Epub 2016 Aug 17.