Justine P Wu, MD, MPH, assistant professor, organized and moderated the culminating plenary session at the North American Forum on Family Planning conference this past weekend in Denver. The Forum, as it is called, is a national conference jointly sponsored by the Society of Family Planning, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Association for Reproductive Health Professionals, of which Dr. Wu serves as a Executive Board Chair.
Dr. Wu's plenary session entitled He, She, They, Zie: Transforming the Health of and Health Care for Transgender Patients brought together physicians, legal experts, and transgender rights advocates in a panel discussion of reproductive health access and quality for transgender patients. The panel included:
- Michelle Forcier, MD, pediatrician and adolescent medicine provider and associate professor of pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Forcier is known throughout the country for her specialized work with transgender adolescents through the Hasbro Children's Hospital in Rhode Island.
- Sarah Pickle, MD, assistant professor of family and community medicine & obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Cincinnati
- Rafi Daugherty, transgender health advocate and trans father with biological child
- Janson Wu, JD, GLBTQ rights lawyer and Executive Director of GLAD Law
Notably, Janson Wu is Dr. Justine Wu's younger brother. The conference was both a family reunion and an opportunity to share their mutual expertise and passion for inclusive reproductive health services. The plenary session was attended by over 1,000 people, with engaging and positive feedback.
Dr. Wu, in addition to being a family physician, has advanced clinical and research training in family planning and abortion care through a Reproductive Health Fellowship and Master of Public Health Degree at the University of Rochester. We turned one of her recent publications, on extended use of IUDs, into a video below: