Compared to the general population, research shows that transgender people face significant challenges in their ability to access adequate healthcare. These hurdles include high rates of discrimination and mistreatment when interacting with health insurance systems and providers regarding gender-affirming care. Such barriers to access make transgender people more likely to experience poor health outcomes, and demonstrate why inclusive and gender-affirming health care is essential to achieving health equity.
Join us for the final installment of our three-part series on innovations in healthcare, organized by Swissnex in Boston and New York and the Swiss School of Health Sciences – Vaud (HESAV) to learn more about healthcare programs for the transgender community and initiatives to ensure access to gender-affirming care and improve their health outcomes.
Program (Boston Time)
- 11:00am: Welcome and speaker introductions
- 11:05am: Dr. Carl Streed Jr., Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Medicine and the Research Lead for the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery at Boston Medical Center
- 11:30am: Pam Klein, Manager for Transgender Services at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
- 11:45am: Open question and answer
- 12:00pm: Event ends
Carl StreedAssistant Professor at Boston University School of Medicine and the Research Lead for the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery at Boston Medical Center
Dr. Carl Streed Jr is an Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Medicine and the Research Lead for the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery at Boston Medical Center. After attending medical school and residency in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins he completed fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Brigham & Women’s. Nationally, he has chaired the American Medical Association Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Issues, served on the board of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality, and currently serves as the President-Elect of the US Professional Association for Transgender Health. As the Research Lead for the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery at Boston Medical Center he collaborates with researchers, clinicians, and communities to assess and address the health and well-being of transgender and gender diverse individuals. To achieve equity in healthcare access, health, and community well-being, Dr. Streed actively incorporate the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility into his work as a clinician-investigator. As such, his personal and professional pursuit for a more equitable and inclusive society is focused on elevating voices often ignored and redistributing power.
Pamela KleinManager of Transgender Services at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
Pam Klein (she/her) got her start in gender affirming care at the Tom Waddell Clinic in San Francisco in the early 90s, and in 2008 she initiated a Transgender Program at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. In 2016 she helped initiate Boston Medical Center‘s Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery. Pam co-chairs a Massachusetts governor’s Commission to evaluate and make recommendations for improving health and safety for LGBTQAI+ prisoners in the state of MA, and is involved in multiple other advocacy efforts. She has taught about gender affirming health both nationally and internationally, and she is indebted to the patients on both U.S. coasts who have inspired her and always will.