For transgender youth and their families, receiving the proper medical care is a fight against the clock. Medical professionals agree that the most effective treatments should begin before the onset of puberty. With so few medical professionals willing or able to specialize in this unique area, even the most able families find themselves facing long waiting lists to receive care. For families with limited resources, the outlook is even worse.
That’s why we’re committed to raise the support and capital necessary to bringing a Center of Excellence for Transgender Health to Cincinnati. In partnership with the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Transgender Health Clinic, we want to bring more resources, more professionals, and, ultimately, better outcomes for transgender youth and their families to this vital region.
Cincinnati is a prime location
While there are similar institutions on the West Coast, and some large operations in New England, this leaves the Midwest and the South drastically underserved. Cincinnati represents a cultural nexus, a border city where multiple ideologies, cultures, and beliefs merge–bringing a Center of Excellence to such a region can enact real change while providing key resources to those in an area where, otherwise, no other help exists.
Building on Success
The Transgender Health Clinic at Cincinnati Children’s is renowned for holistic care for those ages 5-24, but its impact is severely limited by resources. It’s a great foundation to build from, and the need is there. By expanding on this existing structure, we can immediately serve the hundreds of families stuck on a waiting list for care, and grow the practice to help every child who needs medical assistance and more.
What This Means
A Center of Excellence is like a beacon of light for those on an otherwise dark and scary path. Imagine a scared parent, desperately searching for the right answers, or a scared child, grasping for validation. A Center for Excellence in Transgender Health would reassure all those searching that a valid resource exists for the medical needs of transgender youth. That there are doctors who are both experienced in the unique medical needs of these young people, but also willing to help in a positive, non-judgmental zone. For too many families, they’ve been turned away by traditional medical centers. This is a lifeline for those who need it most.