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Transforming Gender Care in San Francisco and Beyond

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Saint Francis Foundation was honored to partner with the Gender Institute and several of our community partners on an in-depth panel discussion on San Francisco’s pioneering leadership in gender care. The sold-out Gender Care SF conference at The Battery in San Francisco on April 28 brought together physicians, mental health experts, community health leaders and LGBTQ+ advocates to discuss the history of gender care in the Bay Area and explore opportunities for even greater collaboration and impact in meeting the needs of our transgender and gender expansive community.

The illuminating discussion was moderated by Dr. Heidi Wittenberg and Dr. Lin Fraser, co-founders of the Gender Institute at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and global experts on the importance of an integrated continuum of care for transgender individuals and their families. They were joined by Dr. Ellie Zara Ley, a craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgeon; JM Jaffey, a non-binary transmasculine health expert and Executive Director of Lyon-Martin Community Health Services; Michael Armentrout, Executive Director of  Maitri Compassionate Care; and Nicky (Tita Aida) Calma, Director of Programs and Community Engagement at the San Francisco Community Health Center.


Together, these inspiring organizations – along with LYRIC, Gender Health SFThe Transgender Cultural District, and EL/la Para Trans Latinas, among many others, are setting the standard for high-quality, compassionate and affordable transgender care in San Francisco and around the world. We are proud to be a long-standing partner in these important, life-affirming efforts.