Healthcare service providers have found that helping transgender individuals obtain the services they need (e.g., substance use treatment, housing, healthcare) is difficult because other service providers may not want to work with transgender clients. Furthermore, lack of sensitivity on the part of health care providers who do not respect the expressed gender identity of transgender persons can adversely influence whether these individuals will access and stay in treatment. Love Alive International Foundation (LAIF) will use the previous work of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Engaging Patients in Improving Ambulatory Care. One solution suggested by the American Public Health Association (APHA) to advocate for cultural relevancy within research, policy, education and prevention programs, and direct care contexts the main strategy is to contact and develop partnerships with individuals and organizations within the local transgender community. This is the intent of Love Alive International Foundation (LAIF).
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