The T-House Project: Healthcare and Medical Resources for the Transgender Community

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Jodi Ihme

The T-House Project, originally created in 2007, introduced an entirely new, re-invented 2012 online organization for the transgender community and is inviting all new and existing members to take an inside peak at the latest features available and get registered to become part of the newest "online power house" for the T-Community.

T-House is a non-profit organization funded by the Community Foundation of Broward County and implemented by the Broward Health Department. The website features national and local transgender linkage and care, health and medical resources for the T-Community, national and local news updates, listing of events and groups, and a special section for Trans-youth.

Additionally, the website provides easy access to important information on HIV / STD testing, an events calendar, special topics and nationwide articles to keep you in the know while addressing the growing needs of the transgender community including determining those eligible for Ryan White funded services.

One of the many events planned for 2013 is the third annual Transgender Medical Symposium.

Recently T-House introduced their THIA program “Transgender Health in Action” a local initiative serving as an offspring under the guidelines of the nationwide CATCH assessment developed by the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health at the UCSF, The goal of THIA is to provide mentorship to newcomers, a sense of well being and self worth while addressing safety issues, prevention, and stigma within the local transgender community.

Jodi Ihmen coordinator of the program, expressed, “The T-House project and THIA don’t just work to cover matters concerning healthcare. They are all inclusive programs working to create a community camaraderie through a support and informational system that transgender individuals can call their own. One of our goals is to create a newsletter, supported by news worthy articles related to Trans-topics,” she said. "We have always looked at this program as all inclusive, reaching out to all aspects of the transgender-gender and questioning community, a support system that can cover anything from individual needs to what to expect when transitioning genders." In addition Ihme goes on to say “An area we are also looking at is developing a comfortable “safe space location” to be able to discuss anything, which also includes sharing information imperative to safety and well-being.”

During the past two years, they have spent a great deal of time building a comprehensive referral and directory, designed to afford service providers, as well as the community the availability to access transgender specific care. We welcome any information from transgender individuals on service providers that they have had experience with to submit their contact information to us to include in this booklet. It is an ongoing process, and one that requires continued community dedication to keep it current.

One of the many projects in progress is an exclusive T-Guide for the transgender community, which will have a listing of trans-friendly doctors, surgeons, dentists, businesses, and so much more. Anyone who would like to contribute to this booklet/guide would be much appreciated.

Jodi Ihme can be contacted at 954-467-4700 (ext 5604) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and of course we seek your support and promotion by requesting you to "like us" on facebook where you are welcome to add your comments at http://www.facebook.com/THouseonlinecom


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