A $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation enabled the Peterborough Family Health Team to work with community partners to develop a plan to address a recognized gap in primary health care for transgender individuals in the City and County of Peterborough. Partners included Peterborough Aids Resource Network (PARN), the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Gender Journeys program, the VON 360 Clinic (now Peterborough 360 Degree Nurse-Practitioner-Led Clinic), and Dr. Vanita Lokanathan and Sheena Howard, RN.

Building on the success of the collaborative Family Health Team model, the Trans Care Clinic is now providing services at a weekly clinic which includes counselling support, medical treatment, hormone monitoring and surgical consultations.It’s part of a broader strategy to ensure that transgender people can access high-quality health care in our community.

“This clinic is only the first step while we continue to educate clinicians and better position ourselves to offer these services to patients,” says Lori Richey, Executive Director of the Peterborough Family Health Team.

 

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