Navigating Systems of Care
Figuring out where to go for support can be challenging. We want to help. The following section contains some basic information and a link to our system navigators who can assist you in accessing care as close to home as possible.
Current and future system
The current system of care in BC for gender creative children and trans youth is in its infancy. While there are some resources in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, these can be difficult to access for families who live outside this region. Since the inception of the program, Trans Care BC has been made aware that rapid work needs to occur to meet requests for care in a more timely way. We have heard from youth and families that services are limited and can be hard to access. Figuring out the steps in accessing care can be daunting and confusing. Currently, some services are provided through the public health care system and others are provided by private practitioners. As the numbers of children, youth, and families seeking services has risen, the system has been challenged to meet the growing need.
Unfortunately, many care providers do not get training in gender health and trans care until after they leave their medical or practitioner training programs and get into the work force. 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.
Trans Care BC is a new initiative, launched in October of 2015. The funding and vision for this program represent a historic investment in transgender health. One of our top goals is to improve access to care for all gender creative children, trans youth, and their families. We are training more providers in all areas of the province and working to create simple, clear 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.
Where to go for help
We know that improvements 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.