In January of 2020, NPAIHB Delegates approved the resolution “Support for Quality Care and Improved Health Outcomes for Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ People.” In response, the NPAIHB Paths (Re)Membered Program founded the Native Advocacy Workgroup for Trans Health and worked with them to collectively create a Strategic Vision and Action Plan focused on Trans & Gender-Affirming Care in Indian Health Service, Tribal and Urban Clinics (I/T/U).
In its role creating the Strategic Vision and Action Plan, NPAIHB listened and consulted with stakeholders including 2SLGBTQ+ community members, healthcare providers, policymakers, and community and program leaders. This strategic plan supports the I/T/U clinics as they begin to provide gender-affirming care to their patients by emphasizing the following four goals:
- Develop and pass protective policies at the federal, tribal, and local levels;
- Ensure affirming clinical environments for gender-diverse patients;
- Ensure best practice care for Indigenous gender-diverse patients; and
- Improve I/T/U health systems support for initiatives focused on the wellness of gender-diverse community members.
For more information about the Strategic Vision and Action Plan or to learn more about the NPAIHB Paths (Re)Membered Program, please contact Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 850-748-3458.
The dissemination of this strategic plan will guide I/T/U clinics, ensuring they have the strategies and support they need to fully implement these guidelines and to offer 2SLGBTQ+ clients a welcoming space and the care they need to be healthy. It will further guide policy and tribal leaders as they work to ensure programs and policies developed in Indian Country are affirming for 2SLGBTQ+ clients and community members.
Jessica Leston (Tsimshian), she/her/hers, Clinical Programs Manager
Itai Jeffries (Yèsah/Occaneechi), they/them/ya’ll, co-Manager Paths (Re)Membered
Morgan Thomas, they/them, co-Manager Paths (Re)Membered