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Interventions that Work! Engaging the Transgender Client

July 2018
Author: IHIP

HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB)

Do you provide direct services to transgender women of color—or would you like to? Learn how a community-based organization and an FQHC successfully engage and retain transgender women of color in HIV care.  

During this webinar, presenters from two of the HRSA HAB Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) Transgender Women of Color Initiative demonstration sites shared their experiences, lessons learned, and provided practical knowledge on addressing the unique needs of this population.

Topics

  • Intervention activities and implementation.
  • Identification of and tactics for addressing barriers to care for transgender women of color, such as limited access to culturally competent health care and social services, experiences of stigma, discrimination, and marginalization, vulnerability to violence and exploitation, and social obstacles to maintaining a stable income and safe housing.
  • Legal advocacy to support unique needs of transgender clients, such as name changes, asylum cases, visas for victims of human trafficking.

Featured interventions blend innovation with HIV primary care services, behavioral health, motivational interviewing, harm reduction, and trauma-informed care.

Presenters

  • Brendan O’Connell, Bienestar Human Services, Inc., Los Angeles, CA, TransActivate
  • Dr. Luis Freddy Molano, Community Healthcare Network, New York, NY, Transgender Women Engagement and Entry to Care Project (TWEET Care Project)
  • Jessica Contreras, Community Healthcare Network, New York, NY, Transgender Women Engagement and Entry to Care Project (TWEET Care Project)
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