Developing a trans-affirming hospital system

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How do we make the shift from individual trans-affirming providers, to a trans-affirming hospital system? What are the challenges, and what are the successes? Cooley Dickinson Health Care, a semi-rural hospital system in Western Massachusetts, has been working to develop trans-competent and trans-affirming care in all areas of hospital and its ambulatory sites. Aleah Nesteby, Director of LGBTQ Services at Cooley Dickinson, will discuss the development and implementation of staff training, patient/employee policies, and expanded transgender health services.

About the presenters

J. Aleah Nesteby, FNP-BC

Aleah Nesteby has been providing healthcare for the LGBTQ community in Western Mass for the past 12 years. Prior to her time in MA, she worked in reproductive health and STI prevention in San Francisco, CA. Aleah received her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. She is the recipient of a Tufts University School of Medicine educational research grant for a trans health curriculum, is a member of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH), and is a provider-volunteer for the online peer-to-peer consultation service Trans

Elliot H. Ezcurra

Elliot Ezcurra is the Trans Health Navigator at Cooley Dickinson Healthcare, providing support and advocacy for trans patients around a variety of needs. For the last four years they have worked as an advocate with communities in Western Massachusetts, including LGBTQ people, incarcerated people, and those involved in the psychiatric system. They currently live in the town of Great Falls with their dog, Bam Bam.