Starting a Transgender Medical-Legal Partnership and Measuring Outcomes—Intermediate Level

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Legal and medical providers will share how they launched a trans medical-legal partnership. They will explain the social determinants impacting health outcomes, ways to screen patients for legal issues underlying health challenges, and how legal intervention can increase capacity at clinics when patients experience health improvements stemming from secure housing, reduced stress, access to food, etc. This workshop will present a forum for exchanging ideas and best practices for collecting, measuring, and sharing data and outcomes to foster support for MLPs via future policy initiatives.

About the presenters

Jordan Aiken, Esq.

Jordan Aiken, Staff Attorney at Bet Tzedek Legal Services, runs its Transgender Medical-Legal Partnership with LA LGBT Center’s Transgender Health Program. She provides legal services to trans individuals with the goal of improving health outcomes. Ms. Aiken earned a B.A. from UC Berkeley and a J.D. from UC Irvine School of Law. The Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice published her article, Promoting an Integrated Approach to Ensuring Access to Gender Incongruent Health Care (2016). She presented her research at WPATH & Fenway Institute’s 2015 Research Symposium in Transgender Health.

Noah Kaplan, LCSW

Noah Kaplan, Senior Manager of Psychosocial Services at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, has over ten years of experience in social service delivery, with a focus on working with LGBTQ individuals. Noah supports the staff who provide interventions including a medical legal partnership to help the over 9,000 patients they serve. Noah is also a professor at Cal State, Northridge School of Social Work where he teaches Social Welfare Policy and Human Behavior classes.