Trans people with diverse backgrounds can apply to become members of a provincial trans health project advisory committee.
Sherbourne Health Centre, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Trans Health Lobby Group of the Rainbow Health Network, the Trans PULSE research study and a number of trans community activists are working together with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) to develop a plan to improve trans health services in Ontario. As part of this process, the MOHLTC has agreed to: establish three additional assessor sites for approval of Ontario Health Insurance Program (OHIP) funded sex reassignment surgery; provide training for health providers across the province; evaluate all initiatives; and develop an advisory committee.
The role of the advisory committee is to oversee the development and implementation of all projects. Applications are now welcome for positions on the advisory committee, especially from trans people of colour or who are from racialized communities; immigrants and refugees; Aboriginal and Two Spirit people; people whose first language is not English; those with disabilities; and those living outside the greater Toronto area, particularly from rural and northern communities.
The deadline for applications is 5 pm on Monday, November 1, 2010. For an application form and more information, visitwww.rainbowhealthontario.ca, or e-mail Jen Keystone atjkeystone@RainbowHealthOntario.ca.