Pacific Hospital Preservation & Development Authority: Bridging gaps in health care access

Project Details


The multidisciplinary gender clinic at Seattle Children’s will include coordinated services delivered by healthcare providers from multiple disciplines with support from a dedicated Care Navigator, as well as training to staff and community providers. The Gender Clinic will not only improve healthcare access for young transgender patients in the Puget Sound area, but in doing so will potentially save their lives by reducing their gender dysphoria and suicide risk.

The main goal of this program is to improve access to healthcare for trans-youth by continuing to serve with high-quality, coordinated care. Seattle Children’s currently has as many as 10 new patient families making inquiries every week and many families are having to wait unacceptably long times for readiness assessments before beginning treatment. For this reason, Seattle Children’s will be adding an additional part-time Care Navigator to the clinic. This person will allow providing some of the patients’ readiness assessments directly within the Gender Clinic (rather than referring out to other providers). This will address one of the priorities established by our Seattle Children’s CAB, since the wait time for readiness assessments is a major factor in how quickly a patient can move to puberty blockers.

About Our Grantee

Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation

Mission Statement: We provide hope, care and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible.

Vision Statement: Seattle Children’s will be an innovative leader in pediatric health and wellness through our unsurpassed quality, clinical care, relentless spirit of inquiry, and compassion for children and their families.

Our founding promise to the community is as valid today as it was over a century ago. We will care for all children in our region, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

We will:

-Practice the safest, most ethical and effective medical care possible.
-Discover new treatments and cures through breakthrough research.
-Promote healthy communities while reducing health disparities.
-Empower our team members to reach their highest potential in a respectful work environment.
-Educate and inspire the next generation of faculty, staff and leaders.
-Build on a culture of philanthropy for patient care and research.

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