Samuel Merritt University is Bridging the Transgender Gap in Healthcare in the East Bay

Samuel Merritt University

August 10, 2010

"Pumping; What all the fuss?"

Samuel Merritt University is Bridging the Transgender Gap
in Healthcare in the East Bay


(OAKLAND, Calif., August 10, 2010)   For most people, finding a comprehensive healthcare plan that fits into their monthly budget can be difficult.  For transgender and gender non-conforming people, transphobia and other forms of discrimination sometimes make getting even basichealthcare difficult or impossible.  That is why Samuel Merritt University is hosting its first health promotion educational program for the "Gender Bending" or "Gender -Non-Conforming" community. 


There are currently few informal or formal support groups available for this population in the East Bay.

"Beyond the transgender patients known to have HIV infection and who are receiving care, there are estimated to be several hundred who are currently at risk and who could benefit from health promotion and disease prevention information provided in a safe and trans-sensitive manner," explains Dr. Cecily Cosby, Professor in the School of Nursing at Samuel Merritt University.


Entitled, "Pumping; What all the fuss?" Dr. Cosby will provide an overview of safety concerns regarding silicone injections.   The event would emphasize both the medical and psychosocial needs of the transgender population.  The educational program will be combined with a group support session.

"These individuals have limited access to transgender specific health information and the nature of the transgender community often reinforces the participation in dangerous activities, such as the use of silicone injections," said Dr. Cosby.  "The sessions are to provide information and a group support."


Thursday, August 12, beginning at 6:00pm.


Samuel Merritt University Health Education Center, 400 Hawthorne Ave., Oakland, CA  94609 (Room 312)


Interviews and photo/filming opportunities available. Please contact Elizabeth Valente, Director of Media Relations at 510.725.7980 cell and   To register for the event contact Dr. Cosby at

Samuel Merritt University, located in Oakland, California, has been educating health science practitioners who are committed to making a positive difference in diverse communities since 1909.  Nearly 1,400 students are enrolled at SMU, with campuses in Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Mateo.  The University offers an undergraduate degree in nursing; master's degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in physical therapy and podiatric medicine. For more information visit

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