Incorporated in 2011, TGI Network of Rhode Island is the only statewide organization providing support and advocacy for the TGI community in Rhode Island and surrounding areas. 
Our mission is to serve the needs of the transgender, gender-variant, and intersex (TGI) communities in Rhode Island and surrounding areas through support, advocacy, and education. We seek to be a resource for TGI people navigating their life journeys as well as the legal and medical systems through our own programs and through collaboration with other organizations. In addition, we seek to serve as a resource to professionals working with the TGI community and as a liaison between the TGI and LGBT communities as well as the community at large.

2015 Trans*gender Medicine Conference: Community Track Schedule

Saturday, January 10th 7:30am-4:30pm

Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
222 Richmond Street, Providence RI 02912 

Limited on-site registration is available on the morning of the conference. Breakfast and Lunch are not included for people who register on site. 

To register for the conference visit: Community Track Registration
***Medical providers please click here to be directed to the medical provider track information & registration.***

8:30-8:45              Introductions and Welcome – Jayeson Watts, LCSW

8:45-9:45              Session 1: Navigating the health care system -- Kira Manser, LCSW

         The health care system can be very challenging for anyone to navigate. For Trans* and GNC people, it is often extra                                             challenging and often it is hard to tell of a particular barrier is trans* related or just a system problem. In this                                                     workshop, we will talk about typical system barriers and how to navigate them. We will also talk about trans*related                                             barriers including self-advocacy with medical providers and how to get what you need from your health care system                                             interactions.

10:00-11:00         Session 2: Legal Advocacy and Transgender Health Care -- Jennifer Levi,Esq, GLAD

        Recent changes in state and federal laws have removed some of the barriers to coverage of transition-related surgery and healthcare. This            workshop will be a community conversation about healthcare access, and will cover topics such as finding providers that will work with the         community and accept insurance; and joining forces with other marginalized groups to fix a broken healthcare system. We hope you will            join us in forging community through health care.

11:00-12:00         Session 3: “Ask a Doc” -- Michelle Forcier, MD and Tim Cavanaugh, MD

        Dr. Michelle Forcier and Dr. Tim Cavanaugh will join the group to discuss topics including: informed consent, what to expect at initial                appointments, common labs and medications, HRT related myths and common questions about body changes and side effects. There will            also be time for questions from the audience to address general transition related health care questions.

12:00-1:00           Lunch- Keynote Speaker

1:00-2:00              Session 4: Your Rights in Therapy -- Eliza Sher, LICSW

        This talk will cover several topics, including shifting paradigms in the mental health field, from seeing gender dysphoria as pathological to         understanding the importance of affirming trans* identities as part of treatment; how to find a good therapist; what to expect from                    therapy; what good therapy should and shouldn't feel like; when to walk; how to deal with institutional trans* phobia that you may                    encounter while seeking services; the difference between coordination of care and gatekeeping; how do I know if I need therapy; therapy            before, during, and after transition. There will also be time for Q&A

2:15-3:15              Session 5: Managing Stress -- Marcy Feibelman, ND

        Managing stress is in integral part of any healthy living plan, especially for folks who often face increased amounts of daily stress due to            discrimination and oppression. Dr. Marcy Feibelman, a Naturpathic Physician, will join us to talk about healthy, natural ways to manage                stress including information on improving digestion and sleep patterns.

3:15-4:00              Session 6: Processing the day (discussion and take aways) -- Brian Kovacs, PhD & Janelle Heideman

        What did you learn today? Where do we go from here? How do we build on this for next year? Brian and Janelle will lead a discussion about         these questions and more. We want your feedback about the conference and your ideas about where we go from here as a community.                What are our next steps for Trans* Health Care advocacy?

4:00-4:30              Closing: Network and Mingle

                                        We will say a quick goodbye and then leave time for participants to do some final networking before the day is over (because you know you are going                                            to want to stay and do it anyway).