BEND, OR -- Transgender healthcare will now be provided by Planned Parenthood in Bend. The announcement comes during Transgender Awareness Week, which is a time dedicated to raising the visibility of issues facing the transgender community.
Liliana Cabrera, with Bend's Planned Parenthood, says the nonprofit has always worked to serve all people. "We're working to help support the community and other health service providers to also meet the need for our transgender community." She tells KBND News, "This addition of Transgender care and the aspect of hormonal provision and gender affirming care is new here in this community." Cabrera says they not only treat everyone with dignity and respect, they also make sure to call patients by their preferred pronouns throughout their visit, "This is a new conversation that we're having [in] reproductive and sexual health services, but it's not something that has been historically discussed. So, it is a collaborative care that we are working towards."
The services are typically covered by the Oregon Health Plan, but Cabrera says those who aren't eligible for coverage through traditional healthcare programs are still welcome, "We are accepting new patients to come in to receive transgender care and gender affirming services and hormone provision." She says community donors help pay for uncovered expenses; employees of Planned Parenthood also donate to a patient care fund.
According to Cabrera, Planned Parenthood provides a range of health services including contraception, cancer screening, women's health, and abortion services.