Navigating System of Care in BC

Figuring out where to go for support can be challenging. The following section contains some basic information and a link to our health navigators who can assist you in locating care and support as close to home as possible.

Current and Future System

The current system of care in BC for gender creative children, trans youth and families is evolving.  An important resource for those seeking medical support for their transgender child or youth is the BC Children’s Hospital Gender Clinic, located in Vancouver. If urgent endocrine care is needed, the BC Children’s Gender Clinic is a good place to start. Information about how to get access to this service can be found at Referral to BC Children's Gender Clinic.

As the numbers of children, youth, and families seeking services has risen, the system has been challenged to meet the growing need.  Our Service Directory can point you to some peer supports that may be helpful in supporting you to access medical and other gender-affirming health services for your child and family.  The health navigators on our team keep an up to date list of medical and mental health resources they are aware of to help your family get the support you need.

One of the reasons Trans Care BC was created as a program is to work on increasing access to care and to ensure health care providers are trained to create timely access to care in all areas of the province.  We’re actively working on training and supporting new service providers in partnership with BC Children’s Hospital.  An ultimate goal of this work is to create care options closer to home, where possible.

Pilot Project

In partnership with BC Children’s Hospital Gender Clinic, we are training more providers in all areas of the province and working to create simple, clearer care pathways. Our focus is on expanding publicly funded transgender health care, so that all British Columbians have access to the gender affirming care they need, as close to home as possible.  In spring 2018, we started a pilot project focussed on the Kelowna region which included advanced clinical training for medical providers, current care pathway mapping and a plan to build competencies so that medical care can be provided more independently and closer to home.  The outcome of this project will be used as a guide for other regions across the province to help build the capacity of local child and youth providers.

Where to go for help

Enhancements to our health care system will take time, so we are currently making staff available to connect with youth and families to develop individual plans. We have system navigators at Trans Care BC who are available by e-mail, phone, and in-person to help you connect with the health care resources you need.  Please Contact Us to schedule an appointment.

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