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Lecture: Transgender Health: Look at Gender Sensitive Health

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

Today's lecture is entitled, "Transgender Health: A Look at Gender Sensitive Healthcare" and will be presented by Chris Rodriguez.

Synopsis: In an ever-evolving society, it is imperative that clinicians adapt to the needs of our population. In 2011, 0.3% of the population identified themselves as transgender and in 2014, that statistic doubled, whereby 0.6% of the population now identify as transgender (Flores et al., 2016). Despite such a statistic, there continues to be significant barriers concerning access of health care services due to the lack of knowledge that complicates the clinical management and treatment of trans patients, the informed consent vs. the gatekeeper model, as well as access to care when referring trans patients. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the importance of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and its effects on the transitioning individual, an in-depth look at gender-affirming surgeries with estimated costs, as well as the provision of gender-sensitive care across healthcare settings.

Biography: Chris Rodriguez is a Family Nurse Practitioner who currently works for Student Health Services at the University of Connecticut and is an adjunct faculty for the University of Connecticut’s School of Nursing. Chris completed a Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Connecticut, whereby their specialty track was as a Family Nurse Practitioner. A former healthcare chaplain, Chris also completed a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, as well as a Master of Divinity from Liberty University. They are currently enrolled in the University of Connecticut’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, where their research focuses on developing and implementing an evidence-based educational program that will assist clinicians and their medical staff in meeting the healthcare needs of transgender patients in primary care settings. Chris has lectured on the importance of implementing trans healthcare in medical curriculums and uses the informed consent model for the initiation and maintenance of hormone replacement therapy in healthcare settings. Chris is interested in all aspects of primary care, with a strong focus on transgender health.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.


Rainbow Center (primary), First Year Programs & Learning Communities, Student Health and Wellness, UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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