Transgender Health Care

Simmons University Health Services is committed to providing health care and support to individuals of all gender identities, expressions, and sexual orientations. We understand that transgender, non-binary, and/or gender non-conforming students may have individual needs that require informed and supportive healthcare providers and services.

What educational background does Health Center staff have in transgender health care?

All staff at Simmons Health Services participate in professional development and activities with the goal of increasing knowledge and understanding regarding issues that affect transgender and gender non-conforming students.

Health Services has invited speakers including Cei Lambert, Patient Advocate of the Transgender Health Program at Fenway Health, who spoke about transgender issues to Health Center staff. Previously, staff attended a workshop on understanding and supporting transgender and gender non-conforming students in higher education, by Dr. Susan Marine, whose doctoral research focused on the experience of transgender students at women's colleges. Staff also attended an all-day training presented by the Office of Pluralism and Leadership at Dartmouth College. Many staff have attended additional trainings and workshops on campus and independently.

What medical services are available to transgender students at Simmons Health Services?

We provide informed primary and gynecological care to transgender and gender non-conforming students. We refer to the Simmons Counseling Center for concerns regarding gender identity and gender dysphoria. We refer to outside specialists for hormonal and surgical treatments.

Does Health Services provide gender affirmation hormone treatments and surgeries?

No. With our location in Longwood medical area, students have access to a number of high-quality specialists in transgender health. Given proximity to Fenway Health, a regional leader in transgender health care, many students seek their resources and expertise.

What services will my insurance cover?

Coverage of gender-affirming treatments will vary by insurance policy. You should check your policy to determine your specific coverage. Details of the Simmons University health insurance plan can be found on the Health Insurance page.

What are some additional transgender community resources?