Mazzoni Center Introduces Series of Trans-Specific Workshops


Mazzoni Center Introduces Series of Trans-Specific Workshops

Mazzoni Center is pleased to announce the introduction of a new series of monthly workshops for both professionals and the community at large. Mazzoni Center’s new learning series, “Bridging the Community with Community Partners,”which originated as part of the annual Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference (PTWC), will kick off in April 2018.

“The PTWC has grown steadily over the last few years, attracting nearly 7,000 participants in 2017. Now in its 17th year, we have recognized that this is an initiative that goes beyond the conference. These workshops recognize the importance of delivering more competent care and treatment to our LGBTQ communities, and will provide opportunities to build and strengthen the relationships between providers, practitioners, educators, and the communities they serve,” said Elizabeth C.  Kahn, Mazzoni Center Director of Education.

The first series of workshops will focus on family planning for transgender, gender-nonconforming, gender-nonbinary and genderqueer individuals:

Saturday, April 14:

  • Community Education Workshop with an Interdisciplinary Panel on Trans and Queer Family Planning (Professional Development and General workshop). In this 3-hour community workshop, designed to help queer and trans people’s navigate reproductive options for creating a family.

Saturday, April 21:

  • Trans 101. A two-hour workshop designed to introduce participants to the spectrum of transgender, gender-nonconforming, and gender-non binary identities and expressions. 
  • Midwifery Care for Every Body: Integrating Gender Inclusive Practices for the Benefit of All Clients—Professional Development Workshop. Two-hour professional development workshop exploring how implementing client-centered practices for transgender and gender nonconforming clients improves and enhances the care we provide for all families seeking midwifery care.

Beginning in May, three workshops will be available on the third Saturday of each month:

  • Creating Safer Spaces Training Program, a two-hour professional development workshop supporting the development of effective inclusion, affirmation, and integration of all LGBTQIA+ people in all spaces.  Using experiential activities and in-depth discussions, trainers will guide participants on a journey to acquiring culturally-competent approaches for improving services for LGBTQIA+ communities. Cost for professional development workshops will vary based on course and credit.
  • A dynamic professional development workshop intended for a multidisciplinary  professional audience which will qualify for continuing education credits. Cost for professional development workshops will vary based on course and credit.
  • A community workshop designed for all audiences to support personal growth, self-advocacy, and community-building. Community workshops will be free. Attendees are encouraged to make a contribution to the extent they are able.

At the workshops, community members and professionals will be given an opportunity in-between sessions to meet, share questions, and begin developing lasting relationships.

About the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference

The Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference, a program of Mazzoni Center, will be held August 2-4, 2018, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and was created to educate and empower trans individuals on issues of health and well-being, educate and inform allies and health service providers, and to facilitate networking, community-building, and systemic change. Each year, the event attracts trans people, activists and allies, and medical providers who cover a broad spectrum of ages, ethnicities, races, abilities, sexualities and genders from across the country and around the world.

About Mazzoni Center

Mazzoni Center is Philadelphia’s only health center focused on the needs of the region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) communities. Mazzoni Center’s mission is to provide quality comprehensive health and wellness services in an LGBTQ-focused environment, while preserving the dignity and improving the quality of life of the individuals it serves. Currently Mazzoni Center’s family health center sees approximately 25,000 patient visits a year, and is the primary care home to more 13,000 individuals.