Trans Community Health

Trans Community Health (TCH) is a twice-monthly clinic for trans and gender non-conforming Hamiltonians. The physician at the clinic – Dr. Siobhan Callaghan – will facilitate gender transitioning and hormone therapy for people 16 years and older.

Trans Community Health works with people wherever they are on their gender transition journey. While the mandate of the Shelter Health Network is to work with people who do not have family physicians, the reality is that many trans individuals find that their physician is unwilling or feels ill-equipped to provide  gender transition and hormone therapy. Dr. Callaghan is able to collaborate with people’s existing family physicians who would benefit from consultation and support.

At this point, our clinic sees new patients only twice a month on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Due to these limited resources, we are unable to see patients with complex medical or psychiatric needs. We also are only able to see people currently living in Hamilton. We will strive to connect people who do not meet our criteria to physicians who can better serve their needs.

 

Background

Trans Community Health is a joint initiative of Hamilton Trans Health Coalition (HTHC) and the Shelter Health Network. Hamilton Trans Health Coalition arose to build Hamilton’s capacity to deliver quality health care to trans Hamiltonians, most of whom were travelling to other cities to access transitioning care, hormone therapy and surgical referrals. In late 2016, Hamilton Trans Health Coalition was formed to help address these needs.

HTHC is composed of family physicians, pediatricians, social workers, pharmacists, nurses and psychotherapists. Practitioners work from their own practices and come together to share their learning, make referrals and collaborate on education and capacity-building.

HTHC provides education workshops on a variety of trans-related issues for health care providers. Please contact gately@sympatico.ca to discuss your professional development needs.

 

How to access care

Referrals can be made by any front-line workers by calling 905-526-7137. Confidential voice mails can be left at this number. Self-referrals are also welcome.

Clinics take place on the first and third Wednesday morning of every month.

Email queries can be sent to tch@shelterhealthnetwork.ca

 

Dr Siobhan Callaghan

Support Groups

(times and dates all subject to change)

The Trans Peer Support Group (18+) meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7pm at Simone Hall (the old Beasley Community Centre) at 145 Wilson St. Email: transpeers@gmail.com

The Trans Youth Peer Support Group meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm at NGen Youth Centre at 24 Main Street W. Email: info@ngenyouth.ca Tel: 905-524-2222

PFLAG (formerly known as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets the 1st Wednesday of each month at First Unitarian Church at 170 Dundurn Street South.

S.A.G.E. (Support Around Gender Experience) meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 6pm-8pm at the Youth Wellness Centre (38 James St S), and it meets the 4th Wednesday from 6pm-8pm at NGen Youth Centre (24 Main St W). Email: tlaframb@stjosham.on.ca Tel: 905-522-1155 x31725

 

Resources for Health Care Providers

Sherbourne Protocols: Guidelines and Protocols for Hormone Therapy and Primary Health Care for Trans Clients (70 page document): http://sherbourne.on.ca/lgbt-health/guidelines-protocols-for-trans-care/

Quick Reference Guides for Primary Care Providers: https://www.rainbowhealthontario.ca/TransHealthGuide/resources.html

Rainbow Health Ontario’s website: http://www.rainbowhealthontario.ca/

Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health (CPATH): http://www.cpath.ca/

E-Consult (Dr Ellen Clarke): https://otnhub.ca/physicians/

Weekly Q&A call-in with staff from the Sherbourne Health Centre: Contact is Jordan Zaitzow at jzaitzow@rainbowhealthontario.ca