University of Wisconsin–Madison

TGQ

Trans health

University Health Services and Mental Health Services collaborate with each other and the LGBTCC on a social transition model with the goal of offering straightforward and supportive transition care.

A number of mental health and primary care providers have been trained in-depth on trans competency and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) standards of care. UHS staff can refer you to a trained provider. Specific partner staff include:

LGBTQ Health Ambassador: KC Cross
Trans Health Specialist: Shannon Juniper Neimeko
Medical providers: Megan Crass (PA), Linda Johnson (NP), and Patrick Kelly (family doc).

See below for a list of relevant documents, including flow charts on accessing care, including continuing hormones, starting hormones, and getting other support. We are always happy to talk you through it as well!

LGBTCC pro staff liaison: Katherine Charek Briggs
LGBTCC grad student liaison: Leigh Wilson

You can offer feedback to UHS at Tell Us How We’re Doing.

UHS medical services requires a letter in support of hormones from a mental health provider to begin a new prescription. If you don’t have a mental health provider who can provide you this letter, you can come to a GIC.

A Gender Identity Consultation (GIC) is an initial meeting (and any subsequent sessions) between a trans student and a UHS counselor to determine which medical and/or mental health services can best serve the student’s needs and goals.

GICs do not count against your number of allowed appointments with Mental Health Services. You can schedule a GIC by dropping by UHS for an access consultation.

At a GIC, you can:

  • discuss/explore gender, including gender non-conforming and nonbinary identities
  • identify mental health concerns and sources of support
  • discuss whether hormone treatment or surgery is right for you
  • learn about the changes that generally occur with hormone treatment (see docs below)
  • obtain a letter of referral for hormones or surgery (see letter resources below)
  • make a plan to transfer healthcare to UHS from another provider
  • and/or address other topics of concern

Currently enrolled students can use the Preferred Name System to designate the name reflected in your UHS health records. See the Navigate Campus page for more on Preferred Name.

UHS health records

Non-students can designate a preferred name, which will be reflected in UHS health records:

  1. Log into MyUHS.
  2. Click on “Go to messages.”
  3. Click on “New message.”
  4. Select “I want to designate my preferred name in my UHS record (non-students)
  5. Enter your preferred name and click “Send.”

Students and non-students can designate their gender identity and whether their sex assigned at birth differs from their legal sex, which will be reflected in UHS health records:

  1. Log into MyUHS.
  2. Click on “Go to messages.”
  3. Click on “New message.”
  4. Select “I want to designate my preferred gender identity and/or sex assigned at birth in my UHS record.”
  5. Enter your gender identity and/or sex assigned at birth and click “Send.”

For questions regarding UHS medical records, students can contact Nancy Ranum at naranum@uhs.wisc.edu or (608) 262-1894.

All students may access University Health Services, including Mental Health Services. This covers GICs, limited individual counseling, group counseling, clinic visits, and more.

Medical transition services

Medical transition services are covered by the Student Health Insurance Program, a supplemental insurance beyond services provided through segregated fees. SHIP covers up to $25,000 of transition care, including hormone prescriptions, surgical procedures, electrolysis, and other transition-related medications or procedures. This dollar amount is a lifetime cap.

We are currently finding out the best way to help you access in- and out-of-network surgeries.

Grad students: your state health insurance does not cover transition care. However, you may choose to buy into the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) on top of your existing insurance.

If hormones and supplies are your primary need, it is likely more cost-effective to pay out of pocket. For surgical procedures, we recommend getting your letters, appointments, and arrangements in place, and then purchasing SHIP for the semester of your surgery.

Faculty and staff: your state health insurance does not cover transition care for you, your partner, or your dependents. See Fac/staff for more.

UHS trans health documents

Online health resources

WPATH Standards of Care
The clinical guidelines of care set by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, used by most healthcare providers

The Center of Excellence for Transgender Health Learning Center
A collection of health guides, fact sheets, and brochures for transgender health

GenderWellness
A project of OutReach LGBT Community Center, GW collects information and resources to help trans, gender non-conforming, and gender diverse people develop healthy lives

Support others supporting you

In the classroom

Want to connect with your professor, instructor, or TA about your name or pronouns? We have some template emails for you:

Semester introduction: name/pronoun

Responding to incident in class

We are also happy to talk you through strategies for intervention and taking care of yourself in challenging or triggering situations.

Groups for supporters

Partners of Transgender People
A peer support group for partners/spouses of transgender people. It meets every 4th Friday of the month from 7-9pm at OutReach.

TransParent
A group that supports parents of trans and gender non-conforming children and youth. It meets every 2nd Monday of the month from 6-8pm at 545 W Dayton St.

Local & regional orgs

WI Transgender Health Coalition

A group dedicated to improving the lives of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in south-central Wisconsin and promoting quality treatment and access to care.

OutReach

An LGBT community center offering meeting space, advocacy, peer counseling, numerous support groups, an extensive LGBT lending library, volunteer opportunities, and more.

GSAFE

An organization that increases the capacity of LGBTQ students, educators, and families to create schools in Wisconsin where all youth can thrive by developing leadership of LGBTQ students, supporting Gay-Straight Alliances, training educational staff, advancing educational justice, and deepening racial, gender, and trans social justice.

Diverse & Resilient

A Milwaukee-based organization that aims to eliminate disparities in health between LGBT people and the general population, focusing on mental health, sexual health, partner and community violence, and substance use.