November 30, 2023

It is vital that healthcare systems be able to provide equitable, gender-affirming care for all patients. This month’s Hot Topics in Practice will use the lens of a rural care network to explore strategies that can radically improve care for trans and gender nonconforming people.

The December session of Hot Topics in Practice will focus on the efforts made by Jefferson Healthcare in Port Townsend, Washington to examine various approaches for providing gender-affirming care for trans and gender nonconforming patients. From establishing an LGBTQIA+ Task Force to bringing in outside trainers to educate staff, this session will focus on constructive strategies you can use to increase support for gender-affirming care.

In this hour-long seminar, Beau Ohlgren, MSc, Jefferson County Transgender Support Group leader, and Jackie Levin, MS, RN, Patient Advocate and Transgender Care Navigator, will focus on gender-affirming care strategies implemented at Jefferson Healthcare. This rural care network has been a leader in exploring unique approaches for providing successful, equitable care to trans and gender nonconforming patients. Beau and Jackie will articulate reasons for the value of gender-inclusive care, with a special emphasis placed on inclusive care training for all staff. They’ll identify barriers within facilities that can affect trans and gender nonconforming patients and will help describe a path forward to compassionate care for all.

Register today to learn strategies that can increase supports for gender-affirming care in our health systems.

Approaching Gender-Affirming Care: Lessons from a Rural Hospital

Date: December 19, 2023, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (Pacific)

Intended Audiences

Local, state, and tribal public health practitioners


Beau Ohlgren, MSc
Jefferson County Transgender Support

Jacqueline Levin, RN, MS, AHN-BC, NC-BC
Office of the Patient Advocate, Critical Access Hospital Jefferson Healthcare

About Hot Topics in Practice

Hot Topics in Practice is a monthly webinar forum to discuss issues affecting public health practice.

Up to 1 CPH recertification credit may be earned by viewing this webinar. Visit the National Board of Public Health Examiners to learn more.