Source: Target Center
Topic: Inclusive Language and Culture, Mental Health/Health
Population Focus: Transgender and Gender Nonconforming
Communication is a key component to achieving and improving health literacy. Communication and language barriers affect consumers’ abilities to communicate with providers and their understanding of health concepts and procedures. Barriers to effective communication can also limit consumers’ ability to adequately advocate for their health. The following standards specifically address communication and language barriers that transgender clients/patients encounter. These standards ensure that providers utilize gender neutral language and that agencies as a whole are inclusive of transgender clients/patients.