According to the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) updated in 2012, “transgender health care is an interdisciplinary field, and coordination of care and referral amongst a client’s overall care team is recommended” (Standards of Care, Version 7, page 26). At Oregon State University, clinicians from Student Health Services and Counseling and Psychological Services work together to provide multi-disciplinary, student-centered care to our students.
Student Health Services (SHS)
- Primary care clinicians can provide hormonal therapy and referrals to specialists. Visits to SHS primary care clinicians are fully covered by the OSU Health Fee.
- Clinicians also provide comprehensive preventative services for people of all genders (including PAP smears and age-appropriate prostate exams).
- Consent forms for feminizing medications (PDF) and for testosterone therapy (PDF) are used and are available for review of possible side effects and hoped for benefits.
- Nursing staff are able to administer hormonal injections, as well as all immunizations.*
- Laboratory services obtain necessary lab tests to monitor hormonal therapy.*
- Insurance office administers both the OSU Graduate PacificSource and Aetna Domestic and International platinum-rated health plans. Both OSU-sponsored plans (Aetna for domestic and international students and PacificSource for OSU-employed graduate students) have transgender care benefits. For more information, visit their websites:
- OSU Pharmacy dispenses hormonal therapies in addition to a full array of medications. The pharmacy will also bill students’ insurance plans.
Student Health Services has gender inclusive bathrooms. There is a Google map website for locations of all gender inclusive restrooms on the OSU campus.
*The OSU Health Fee does not cover lab, immunization nor injection fees. However, SHS can bill most insurance carriers for these services. Whether and what insurance companies will reimburse varies from plan to plan. Please visit the links to the OSU-sponsored plans above for more specific information about coverage by those plans.
- Short-term therapy at CAPS is covered by the OSU Health Fee.
- Counselors provide support and counseling for students who are questioning their gender identity, experiencing gender dysphoria, or transitioning. Their goal is to provide an open, supportive, and confidential environment for you to address the issues that are concerning you. SHS encourages students to work with a counselor if they are wishing to embark on transitioning.
- CAPS has counselors who are qualified to provide any letters that may be recommended or required for treatment.
- CAPS offers group counseling with different focuses. Among these is the TransForm Group. The purpose of this group is to assist in community formation and identity exploration for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.
- Individual counseling is offered and aims to provide holistic care for each student.
- Couples’ counseling is also available. Questioning one’s gender identity or deciding to make a transition can potentially have a profound effect on a person’s partner, as well.
Transgender Resources on Pinterest: Resources for transgender individuals and for anyone who wants to know more about gender identity. Includes specific resources for OSU students and Oregonians.
Transgender Medical Emergency Cards are available from SHS for printing and distribution. Follow the link provided to fill out an order form requesting the amount of cards you desire.