Jennifer Feldmann left her academic teaching career behind to come work for high-risk populations that didn’t have access to health care. That Legacy was willing to take on an innovative topic – transgender care – helped, too.
Feldmann sees transgender youth, who are eight times as depressed and much more likely to attempt suicide as the rest of the population. More than 40% of transgender Americans try to kill themselves at some point in their lives, compared with 4.6% of the general public, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Williams Institute.
Feldmann sees patients who drive 12 hours – from as far away as El Paso and Brownsville – to get the highest-quality trans careat Legacy’s flagship Montrose clinic.
The agency sees 1,000 transgender patients a year.