Collective People Power

Vanderbilt Trans Buddy Program

Year Participated

2015-2021

Location

Nashville, TN

About

The Vanderbilt Trans Buddy program is a patient advocacy program supporting trans patients. The program’s goal is to increase access to care and improve healthcare outcomes for trans people by providing emotional, informational, and physical/procedural support to trans patients during healthcare encounters, free of charge, without the burden of cost. Trans Buddy volunteers serve on an on-call basis, available to work with clients either in person or on the phone for scheduled appointments, non-scheduled emergency room visits, and post-surgical support, as requested. Additionally, we offer free trainings for volunteers selected to be part of the program. We emphasize a patient-centered approach, with the goal of empowering the patient to make informed healthcare decisions. Trans Buddy recognizes the importance of intersectionality to our direct care practice, and we therefore aim to work with people of all identities with compassion and respect.