STITCH: Summit to Improve Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Collaborative Health Care


The 2020 STITCH will not take place as an in-person event on October 17.  However, we are planning a series of interactive and engaging learning opportunities that will happen between now and the time we are able to meet again face to face. 

Watch this space and your email for more information!

People who are transgender or gender non-conforming must be able to access basic and advanced health care,
which includes both therapies non-specific to their transition (such as preventive medicine and specialty care) and therapies specific to transition (such as hormone replacement therapy and surgical procedures). For these changes to happen, the health care provider needs to be open to feedback, aware of gender biases and knowledgeable about current best practices. Examples include awareness of steps needed to fully access services, sensitivity to the vocabulary used in interactions with patients and in medical records, and assumptions made when providers interact with the transgender population. Without this knowledge, health providers could be worsening the health disparities that exist.


Opportunities and Sponsorship Form


Health Care Workforce (MD, D.O., P.A.-C, R.N. social workers, psychologists)
Students (pre-health professions, professional schools, and graduate programs)
Transgender and Gender non-conforming individuals, friends and relatives


  1. Apply the best practices and current standards of medical, surgical, and mental health care for transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) patients.
  2. Collaborate across healthcare disciplines on patient-centered treatment plans for TGNC patients.
  3. Adapt care to address intersectional experiences and health inequity, and recognize the diversity of gender narratives.
  4. Create inclusive spaces and improve clinic policies to positively impact the health care needs in the TGNC community.
  5. Bring information to the broader community to discuss possible improvements, access to care, and life quality for TGNC individuals in Mid- Missouri.
  6. Describe the rights of TGNC individuals in Missouri, including the current state and federal laws and outline steps that can be taken to secure rights.


Activity approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Midwest Multistate Division Provider Approval Number MO1022-6

The University of Missouri Center for Continuing Medical Education and Physician Lifelong Learning (CME/PLL) is part of an accredited university in the state of Missouri. As such, this program meets the requirements for Licensed Professional Counselors, Psychologists, and Social Workers with Missouri licenses.

Click on More Information for details regarding accreditation.

MU School of Medicine | MU Sinclair School of Nursing | Center for Continuing Medical Education & Physician Lifelong Learning  |  MU Extension

Scholarships will be offered again this year for community members and students! 

Use Tab key to loop through the section bellow. Press Enter or Space to enter content for each tab button. Press Esc key to exit and to go to the next section at any time.

Extension resources