The Trans Health Program is committed to reducing barriers to hormone therapy and surgical referrals for the trans and non-binary population. We hope that one day soon, the vast majority of trans and non-binary people will be able to access these services directly from their primary care provider (family doctor or nurse practitioner). The Trans Health Program contributes to capacity building efforts by educating our client’s primary care provider about hormone maintenance and connecting them with training resources. We also invite learners into our clinic to shadow our providers and learn firsthand how to offer quality gender-affirming care. To further our capacity building within the Champlain region, we offer presentations to other health care workers and teams as well as to students in the health care fields.
Keeping your primary care provider informed about your care
With your permission, we will send a letter to your primary care provider at the start of your hormone treatment. This letter explains our services to your provider and begins to prepare them to do hormone maintenance, once you leave our program. We also include a series of resources to guide your provider and invite them to contact us if they have any questions.
Once your maintenance dose of hormones has been achieved and you are ready for discharge, we send your primary care provider a discharge document that explains the details of your hormone regimen, including your medication and dosage, as well as advice for hormones maintenance. Once again, we communicate that we remain available should they have any questions or concerns.
If you do not have a primary care provider we will work with you to find a doctor or nurse practitioner who can continue to prescribe you hormones.
Learners at the Trans Health Program
We offer shadowing opportunities to endocrinologists, family physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and students. Shadowing is one of the most important learning methods in health care. By observing our services for trans and non-binary clients, providers build their capacity to offer competent gender-affirming care.
We will always ask you for your permission before allowing a learner to observe your care or perform assessments. Your comfort is our main concern.