Exploring the Unique Healthcare Needs of Gender Diverse Youth
The needs of youth who identify as trans*, or gender diverse, have become more visible in recent years. Attendees will receive information about the unique healthcare needs and challenges faced by gender diverse youth. Information will be provided about strategies and interventions that can be utilized to support this patient population. Ethical concerns that may be encountered when working with gender diverse youth and their families will be discussed.
Discuss the unique health care and spiritual challenges faced by youth who identify as transgender.
Identify ethical concerns that have the potential to arise when caring for patients who identify as transgender and their families.
Discuss interventions that can be used within the healthcare setting to support children who identify as transgender and their families.
Nikki Orkoskey, MA, CCLS, has been a child life specialist for over 20 years. She works with patients of all ages and their families on an inpatient pulmonary and endocrinology unit at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). Nikki works with the CCHMC Transgender Clinic as a facilitator for a monthly support group for children and teenagers between the ages of 4 and 14 who identify as transgender and their siblings. Nikki also has experience providing inpatient child life services to patients who identify as LGBTQ+ and acts as a resource to staff related to providing care to patients who identify as LGBTQ+. Nikki volunteers with the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network to plan educational activities for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies.
M. Div, BCC
Susan L. Jelinek, MDiv, BCC is Staff Chaplain III, Pastoral Care Department and part of the Transgender Clinic Team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. A co-author for “Screening for Spiritual Struggle in an Adolescent Transgender Clinic: Feasibility and Acceptability” in the Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, and co-author of “Spiritual Care of Transgender Persons,” for the medical textbook, “Introduction to Transgender Medicine: A Multidisciplinary Approach,” (2018). Susan Jelinek has demonstrated how research, spiritual care, and clinical care can intersect and interwoven for improved outcomes for patients and their families. In 2017, Susan L. Jelinek was awarded the Anton Boisen Professional Service Award by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) for her commitment to excellence in professional chaplaincy and her unique contribution to contemporary chaplaincy care. Susan Jelinek is also a devoted fan of the Chicago Cubs.
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