About this project
We're thrilled that MyTransHealth is now officially funded!
But the work doesn’t stop there. We're on a mission to ensure that every trans and gender non-conforming person has access to quality healthcare
Our stretch goals will allow MyTransHealth to expand faster. The additional funds will be directly allocated to action on the ground. Research & Development of verified provider lists and community partnership.
Here are the next steps on our roadmap.
$27,500 - San Francisco at launch
$32,500 - Chicago in late 2015/ early 2016
$37,500 - Philadelphia in late 2015/ early 2016
MyTransHealth is a free website that connects transgender people with qualified, culturally competent doctors in their neighborhood.
The location-based search tool will feature four categories: medical, mental health, legal, and crisis care. Users will be able to filter results based on need including (but not limited to): resource type, language, insurance, and accessibility.
MyTransHealth seeks to eliminate barriers and increase access to quality healthcare for the trans community, so that they can lead healthier, happier lives.
MyTransHealth is built for trans people by trans people. We are purpose-driven, not profit-driven. We are currently applying for non-profit status, and are fiscally sponsored by The Betsy Community Fund at The Miami Foundation.
All donations to this campaign are tax-deductible.
Access to quality healthcare is a universal need, yet lack of adequate care is a crisis in this community. For a population of over 750,000 Americans, this is unacceptable.
These experiences disproportionately affect transgender people of color. We believe that intersectionality must be a large part of the discussion in creating a safe, inclusive space.
- Free, easy to use tool to find local providers
- Vetted providers with complete and current profiles
- Ratings and reviews from community members
- Four main categories: medical, mental health, legal, crisis
Historically, the best resource for (reliable and safe) trans healthcare has been word of mouth. MTH will be a platform that allows the community to harness that power and share their experiences with others.
The decision to transition is often a difficult, but necessary need. That courage should not be wasted on hours spent scouring the internet for referrals, or taking trips to doctors who refuse to see you. We know your valuable time is better spent elsewhere.
With your help, MyTransHealth will provide a quick and easy way to find exactly what you need. So that trans people can get back to living authentically.
We know, first-hand, that seeing a provider who isn’t vetted can be terrifying. It's more than being "trans-friendly"; it's about providing competent, affirming care.
MyTransHealth will ensure that each provider featured on our site acts as a resource to help you become who you are. Through a year of research and development, we have defined a list of qualifications that providers are scored against to certify that MTH providers are leading examples for the medical community.
Considered Qualifications for Providers Include (but are not limited to):
- Documented percentage of trans patients
- Documented experience in treating the community
- Meets WPATH Standards of Care
- Post graduate competency training
- Positive community reviews
Considered Qualifications for Organizations Include (but are not limited to):
- Gender-neutral bathrooms
- Culturally competent intake forms
- Gender inclusive signage material in waiting areas
- Competency and sensitivity trainings for staff
- Clinical guidelines for transgender patient care
At launch, MyTransHealth will serve the NYC and Miami metro areas to identify the best method for showcasing resources and fine tune our vetting process. From there, the sky is the limit!
MyTransHealth will expand coverage nationwide as time and funding allows. This campaign will determine that timeframe.
We’ve spent months listening, writing, drafting, building, and listening again. We’ve built a database structure to house provider information, as well as the design and function of the site via mapping and mockups. Now we need your help. All funds raised through this Kickstarter will go directly into making MyTransHealth a reality.
For those who love math, here’s a look at our projected breakdown:
- Provider Outreach - 50%
- Web Development - 20%
- Marketing - 20%
- Administrative - 10%
We will be looking to work with a diverse group of creative minds in the community to reach our goals in each of these categories.
If you are unable to contribute financially, we still need you! Help us bring this resource to life by sharing this page with your friends & family. We are so grateful for your support.
Risks and challenges
We're confident that our months of planning will amount to a successful, on-time launch of MyTransHealth later this year. The potential risks we foresee are around time, functionality, and adoption.
Time: We're currently a team of four who have full-time jobs, but are passionately committed to making MyTransHealth a reality. With the funds from this Kickstarter, we hope to bring on a few extra hands. Though we've planned a roadmap with built-in benchmarks, there is a risk of needing additional time to launch should any issues arise.
Functionality: When launching a website, quality assurance is a huge component of its success. We don't expect any explosions, but there is always a risk of bugs or glitches that would require more time to fix.
Adoption: MyTransHealth is only as successful as its user base. We hope that our efforts via social media and our contacts result in a high percentage of community support so that the website can be the most useful.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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