Transgender persons are at increased risk of victimization during incarceration and have unique health care needs. This fact is one of the main reasons Andie Moss, president of TMG, Newton E. Kendig, MD (School of Medicine and Health Sciences, George Washington University, Washington, DC), Andrea Cubitt, PhD, (also with George Washington’s School of Medicine and Health Services), and Jae Sevelius, PhD (Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, University of California, San Francisco, CA) recently published a comprehensive report entitled “Developing Correctional Policy, Practice, and Clinical Care Considerations for Incarcerated Transgender Patients Through Collaborative Stakeholder Engagement.”
The paper, which was published in the Journal of Correctional Health Care, originated from a symposium Improving the Management and Care and Incarcerated Transgender Patients which was held in August 2018 in Washington, D.C. The symposium consisted of 27 key stakeholders to develop consensus on correctional policy, practice, and clinical care considerations for incarcerated transgender persons. Participants included formerly justice-involved transgender persons, correctional leaders, government authorities, academicians, advocates, health care providers, and expert consultants.
Consensus considerations were developed in four areas: correctional practices that promote safety and respectful interactions with transgender inmates, training of correctional staff, health care delivery, and reentry to the community. Gaps in knowledge and practice in these four areas were also identified. A collaborative stakeholder model is an effective strategy to convene disparate groups who infrequently communicate with one another to help advance correctional policies and clinical care. To review the full paper, click here.