November 8, 2016

Dr. Wu speaks to national conference audience on transgender health

Dr. Wu's plenary session was, perhaps, the most well-attended at the North American Forum on Family Planning conference. Dr. Wu's brother and GLBTQ rights lawyer, Janson Wu, made a special appearance, along with with Dr. Sarah Pickle, Dr. Michelle Forcier, and transgender health advocate Rafi Daugherty.

photo of Janson and Justine Wu, with text reading a dynamic duo in the fight for inclusive and equitable reproductive health


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.

main reason I attended #ForumFP16 Happy that this conversation is happing about trans justice & repro justice as connected movements. Glad to see #forumFP16 moving toward the inclusion of #trans people with this panel on transforming the health/healthcare of trans patients

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:

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