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Hormones as Essential Medicine with Dr. Francis

April 28, 2020

Some people are experiencing lags in their trans-related medical care during COVID-19. Nearly all medical appointments are happening by telehealth, with routine lab tests being deferred until the health crisis has calmed down. However, some trans and non-binary people are being denied refills to their hormones or not being able to connect with their health care provider to maintain their medical care. During this ASK the Expert, Joanna Woodbury and Dr. Jessica Francis will share information on how to have continuity of care (including hormones), as well as some harm reduction strategies to insure your best health during these tough times.


Dr. Jessica Francis

Dr. Jessica Francis is an assistant professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Her areas of clinical expertise are low risk obstetrics, gynecologic surgery, minimally invasive surgery vaginal surgery, and care of pediatric and adolescent patients. Dr. Francis provides comprehensive and preventative care for l transgender individuals, including gynecologic and obstetrical care.


Joanna Woodbury

Joanna Woodbury is an experienced Certified Social Worker and has worked in HIV care since 2007. She serves as the Social Services Program Manager overseeing social work, mental health and pharmacy services provided in the Inclusion Health and Infectious Disease Clinics. Joanna has a strong passion for leadership, medical social work, HIV care and prevention, and LGBTQ affirming healthcare.


PACT NOW = Preventing and Assisting with COVID-19 among Trans and Non-binary Wisconsinites. PACT NOW is a partnership between FORGE and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inclusion Health Clinic.

This project is funded by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

(C) 2020


Speaker introductions 4:00
How can I get my provider to refill my hormone prescription? 7:45
Is it reasonable to start hormones during a pandemic? 15:16
What can I do if I’m out of hormones? 20:29
How do I know if my insurance covers hormones? 24:07

Where to get needles for testosterone injections? 28:25
How can I access hormones safely through non-medical systems? 34:10
Are doctors accepting new patients for top surgery right now? 44:47
Are people at increased risk for COVID-19 when just starting hormones? 51:14