CDPHE: State women’s wellness center now serving transgenders

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DENVER — A state-run women’s wellness program now provides breast and cervical cancer screenings for transgender women, announced the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Wednesday.

Funds for the Women’s Wellness Connection program at CDPHE can now be used to serve transgender women who meet the program’s eligibility requirements to receive free or low-cost mammograms and Pap tests, according to the health department.

The program was created for low-income women with little or no health insurance.

CDPHE said the new guidelines were revised because of the efforts of Jennifer Blair, a transgender services advocate.

“Making this change is the right thing to do,” said Emily Kinsella, the Women’s Wellness Connection program manager. “Our thanks to Ms. Blair for raising this issue to the department.”

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