June 5, 2024 | Transcare: Hormones and A Whole Lot More [The Basics of Gender-Affirming Healthcare for Adults] | Cultural Competency Series


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June 5, 2024 | 1:30-2:30pm | Presenter: Sara Hayes, FNP

In this course, the presenter will provide practical education and knowledge about working with Transgender and Gender Expansive adults, focusing on the role of medical providers working with this population to provide gender affirming medical treatment.

Learning objectives:
• Discuss the physical effects of gender-affirming hormone treatment.
• Describe the risks and benefits of estrogen and testosterone.
• Discuss the informed consent shared with patients when these medications are prescribed.
• Identify the steps needed to appropriately refer a patient for gender-affirming medical treatment, including hormones and/ or surgery.

Sara Hayes, FNP |Sara Hayes is a family nurse practitioner who has been working in various family planning clinics in Maine for over forty years. Her motto (that she is pretty sure she coined) is “there is a fine line between a rut and a groove.” She generally feels like she is still in her groove. During her early career she did a brief stint in family practice with the US PHS then moved to the family planning world. There she started out as a clinician, was a clinical director, a program director, and is currently back to being a full-time clinician. Back in 2010 and 2011 she became interested in transgender health care. After conducting research and becoming educated in trans care, she concluded, as someone always ready to learn more, she could become a provider of trans care. She saw her first transgender patient for hormone replacement therapy in 2012 and has not stopped since. And learn, she did and continues to do. In 2014 she expanded Maine Family Planning’s transgender program by training another NP and since then, two other NPs have been trained. In the past year, Maine Family Planning did about 450 visits with about 250 transgender patients throughout the state.

Contact Hours: 
1 contact hour for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and behavioral health professionals
1 category I contact hour for psychologists. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists in Maine.
1 contact hour for Alcohol and Drug Counselors pending approval from the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.
1 contact hour for CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

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