Providing Equal Access for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Populations

This workshop will explore the breadth of identities associated with trans and gender nonconforming communities, including the intersecting experiences of race, culture, socioeconomic circumstances, and health disparities. Participants will learn to utilize culturally competent language and behavior for addressing and working with this population, and increase their knowledge of health care access and legal issues that impact trans communities, within a substance use disorder and mental health context. Interactive, solutions-oriented, and engaging, this workshop will provide opportunities for learning and problem solving at all knowledge levels.


Willy Wilkinson, MPH is an award-winning writer, public health consultant, cultural competency trainer, public speaker, and spoken word performer. He is the author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning book Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency, which illuminates trans experience from a Chinese American and mixed heritage perspective, and transforms the memoir genre into a cultural competency tool. Willy has provided LGBTQ and trans-specific training for hundreds of community health organizations, educational institutions, and businesses. He is the recipient of a National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association award, and the Transgender Law Center Vanguard Award, and is recognized on the Trans 100. He lives in Oakland, California with his three vibrant, young kids. Learn more at

Jennifer Hastings, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF, Department of Family and Community Medicine, is foundingDirector of the Transgender Health Care Program at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and actively involved in supporting Transgender Services around the country. Jen works closely with the Santa Cruz Trans Therapist Team and is involved in the integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care and Mindfulness and Medicine. Jen is a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, on the steering committee of the UCSF Child and Adolescent Center, intimately involved with Medical Conference Programming for Gender Spectrum and works to increase medical access and understanding about the gender journey.

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