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2018 Gender Odyssey

June 21–24, 2018

Los Angeles, California

Getting it covered: How to access Trans affirming surgeries and procedures.

Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 1:30 PM–2:50 PM PDT
J Central
Workshop Description

Transgender and gender-expansive adults face many difficult questions as they map out
their medical transition and determine what types of transition-related care to seek, if any. This
session will explore the intricate and evolving landscape of insurance coverage for gender related
medical services. With the Affordable Care Act on the chopping block, growing
awareness of the needs of transgender and gender-expansive patients, and multiple
treatment options, providers must be knowledgeable about what their clients and patients
can expect to encounter as they seek to cover the costs of their transition-related care.

Conference Track


Primary Contact

Ethan Patron , St. John's Well Child and Family Center

Workshop Presenters

McErlain, Gilead
Presenter Bio

Diana Feliz Oliva has worked in the field of social services and public health for almost 25 years. Her work began in 1994 with the County of Fresno – Department of Social Services to her new position as Community Liaison at Gilead Sciences, Inc. in 2017. In addition, Ms. Oliva has more than 15 years of experience in working with the HIV + positive communities which include, women, MSM, transgender individuals, sex workers, mentally ill, substance users, homeless individuals, incarcerated adults, youth, elderly, people of color and undocumented individuals.
A graduate of Columbia University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2005, her particular interest has been advancing the development of public policy that addresses community-level health and social problems. Turning her daunting personal challenges and barriers into the very basis of her activism, Ms. Oliva has become an effective social advocate and role model. Her work is shown giving voice and visibility to not only the HIV + positive communities, but also to the multiple, overlapping communities her life has touched.

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Presenter Bio

Ethan Alexander Patron is a transgender man of color who was born in Peru and immigrated to Los Angeles at the age of 12 years old. His mission is to empower marginalized communities through social activism and leadership. He currently works for St. John’s Well Child & Family Center as a patient advocate where he connects local Trans and gender non-conforming identified individuals to the resources they need in order to thrive. His work focuses on advocating for patients that face obstacles with the medical aspect of their transition. Outside of work, Ethan serves as Mr. Pride LA 2017 for the imperial court, a 501C organization raising funds for educational scholarships and local organizations.