We work to increase access to quality gender-affirming health care for underserved transgender, nonbinary, and gender expansive people in San Francisco, regardless of immigration status or level of income.
We are committed to:
- Peer-led, compassionate, whole-person care.
- Reducing harm
- Investing in the community
- Social justice
Gender Health SF started within the San Francisco Department of Public Health to help eligible uninsured and publicly insured transgender, nonbinary, and intersex residents access:
- gender-affirming surgeries,
- education, and
- preparation services
The incredible work of community advocates led to this expanded care.
How we got here
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors adopted resolution number 288-12.
It encouraged the public health department to make sure it offered medically necessary gender transition-related care.
The San Francisco Health Commission:
- Approved the creation of Gender Health SF to manage access and peer-led navigation services for gender-affirming surgeries within the San Francisco Health Network and community clinic consortium.
- Stopped excluding “transgender surgery” as a service within the Healthy San Francisco program.
- Gender dysphoria or gender incongruence are currently used as a clinical indication for surgical intervention and treatment.
How we work
All patients referred to Gender Health SF for gender-affirming surgery get connected to a peer patient navigator.
These peers monitor patient care from the point of referral to post-op surgical care and follow-up.
To learn more about how we work, view our informational video.