Tranz Central Coast (TCC) is breaking down barriers through education and advocacy. One of our most successful events took place Oct. 12 at Sierra Vista Hospital and was titled “Providing Trans-Affirming Health Care.”
More than 70 people attended this day-long educational seminar, including over 40 direct-care providers in the medical and mental health fields.
The seminar kicked off with “Transgender and Non-Binary Affirming Care” by Dr. Stacy Hutton and Dr. Jay Bettergarcia. They did an excellent job of explaining current terminology relating to transgender care and exploring culturally competent healthcare along the gender spectrum. After lunch there was a panel of trans folk from the local area who were gracious enough to answer questions provided by the moderator, Dr. Bettergarcia, as well as fielding questions from the audience. Dr. Julie Nicole, currently practicing medicine in Fresno, gave an entertaining and informative presentation in the afternoon on “Medical Transition for Transmen and Transwomen.”
“At the end of the event several physicians expressed their interest in welcoming transgender patients into their practices. Success!!” said Dr. Denise Taylor, a member of TCC’s Steering Committee and an organizer of the event. “We would like to give a huge shout out and sincere thanks to Mark Lisa, CEO of Tenet Healthcare’s Central Coast Market, and to the Sierra Vista Hospital staff for their support in making this seminar possible.”