All genders are welcomed and represented: #KPLantern in Vancouver, BC (Part 2)

All genders are welcomed and represented: #KPLantern in Vancouver, BC (Part 2)

This is part 2 of our visit to Vancouver Coastal Health (@VCHHealthcare) to learn about transgender person health and health care as part of the Lantern project. You can read part 1 here: Visiting the Transgender Person Health Program, Vancouver BC #KPLantern. Prior to being a physician, Gail Knudson, MD (@Gail_Knudson), was an educator (and … Continue reading All genders are welcomed and represented: #KPLantern in Vancouver, BC (Part 2)

Slides for Presentation: Being a Transgender Ally and Unconscious Bias

Slides for Presentation: Being a Transgender Ally and Unconscious Bias

Slides for the presentation “Being a Transgender Ally and Unconscious Bias” being given at the 2015 LGBTQ Health Care Speaker Series for Knowledgeable providers. You can view it directly on Slideshare by going here. Continue reading→

Visiting the Transgender Person Health Program, Vancouver BC #KPLantern

Visiting the Transgender Person Health Program, Vancouver BC #KPLantern

When the Kaiser Permanente Innovation Consultancy (@KPInnovation) undertakes an insight project, it recruits at least two Kaiser Permanente regions + one external “examplar” site outside of Kaiser Permanente.

In the case of transgender person care, that site is Vancouver Coastal Health [VCH] (@VCHHealthcare) which serves one million BC residents.

As part of my learning of the design thinking technique, I was fortunate to join the team (of myself and Team Lead and Designer Dana Ragouzeos) to complete our field work there. I’m glad we did. Continue reading→

Just Read: Blindspot: Hidden Biases that shape, and could fix, society

Just Read: Blindspot: Hidden Biases that shape, and could fix, society

The topic of implicit or unconscious bias is integrated into a lot of the work I am doing today. I did a pretty exhaustive review of the research last year in preparation for this presentation (Presentation: Being a Transgender Ally and Unconscious Bias ). I am about to give a refreshed version of the presentation to fellow clinicians at Kaiser Permanente (which I’ll post here).

I figured it would be a good idea to read the book version of all the papers I read and the experts I spoke to last year (much of it chronicled here, many many posts…). This is that book. Continue reading→

Photo Friday: Transgender Health Information Program, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Vancouver, BC

Photo Friday: Transgender Health Information Program, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Vancouver, BC

This week’s photograph was taken at the Transgender Health Information Program Offices, which is a service of Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (@VCHHealthCare), in Vancouver, British Columbia.

This is where we were this week, as part of KP Lantern, the human centered design project we are doing to understand transgender person health and health care. Continue reading→

Getting ready for XX in Health, Assessing my own biases

Getting ready for XX in Health, Assessing my own biases

XXinHealth (@XXinHealth) is happening soon (see: I AM excited to be part of XXinHealth’s sixth annual women’s retreat) and my co-host / guest star, Vivienne Ming (@NeuralTheory) has set up an impressive discussion for us.

I’m not going to lie, I’m a little anxious, as much as I am eager. Great development opportunity!

I am also human, which means I have implicit/unconscious biases that shape my behavior, as do all human beings. I’ve written about this previously, multiple times on this blog (see the full list of posts here, there are many). Continue reading→

Photo Friday: Reflecting Pool, Washington, DC USA

Photo Friday: Reflecting Pool, Washington, DC USA

Back to the nation’s capital :) – This week’s photograph is of the reflecting pool, between the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument, in Washington, DC. Rest of the series below, enjoy. Continue reading→