Transhealth is an independent and comprehensive healthcare center that supports and empowers trans and gender-diverse individuals and families.
Throughout their history as a community, trans and gender-diverse people have looked to each other for healing, support, and affirmation. Transhealth honors that by serving as a source of hope and showing what good gender-affirming healthcare looks like.
As a trans-led organization rooted in Western Massachusetts, they are expanding the healthcare possibilities for their community. Through expert care, education, research, and advocacy, they work to secure a healthy, affirming future for all of us.
Transhealth has its roots in the experience of two Western Massachusetts LGBTQIA+ community leaders. Tired of driving two to three hours to a city for certain types of gender-affirming care, they dreamed of creating a comprehensive center for gender-affirming care in Western Massachusetts. With the generous support of their family, this dream became a reality.
The first step in founding the center was to build a team to conduct a study of local needs known as The PATH Project (Plan and Act for Transgender Health). This needs assessment was conducted as a partnership between local gender-diverse community members and staff from The Fenway Institute, Cooley Dickinson Health Care, and Harvard Medical School to ensure that as many voices as possible contributed to the foundation of the center. The goal of PATH was to reach as many people who typically don’t get their needs taken into consideration. Based on the needs assessment, the center could offer the services that people actually want and need with a commitment to always listen and respond to the community.
With the study complete, and the needs of the community clearly defined, Transhealth was born, opening its doors in May 2021. From there, Transheath team and the number of patients they serve has continued to grow.
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We are devoted to providing comprehensive gender-affirming care across the lifespan. We believe that healthcare is all about curiosity, empowerment, and co-creation. We provide primary care, mental health care, and more!
We are committed to community-based participatory action research. We believe in nothing about us without us. We will never research on; we will research with. We believe that research can empower, but only if we work together and ensure everyone is at the table.
Let’s face it; there are a lot of myths and rumors out there about gender-affirming care. We are here to provide comprehensive education for patients, families, clinicians, emerging health care professionals, and more. If we want to change the healthcare landscape, it starts with changing how we educate.
While Transhealth may sound idyllic, we still exist in a dysfunctional system. We are here to change that. We will advocate to advance gender-affirming care and to create a more humanistic and holistic healthcare system. We will continually fight for a more just form of healthcare.