MetroHealth Opens KIDz Pride Clinic at Second Location in Middleburg Heights
The MetroHealth System has opened a KIDz Pride Clinic in a second location in Middleburg Heights to make gender-related medical and mental health services more accessible to youth and their families.
KIDz Pride is an affirming, supportive program staffed by physicians and psychologists who are experts in caring for gender diverse and transgender youth of all ages. It includes specialists in pediatrics, endocrinology and behavioral health.
Established in 2008 at MetroHealth’s Main Campus, the KIDz Pride Clinic was one of the first programs in the United States to provide care for transgender youth. The Middleburg Heights Clinic opened in November.
“This clinic will allow us to more easily serve more youth and their families,” said Dr. Terry Stancin, Director of MetroHealth’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology Division. “Our KIDz Pride program is an affirming, supportive program that pairs medical and behavioral health care to provide the best outcome for our patients.”
KIDz Pride clinicians follow the latest medical guidelines for those seeking gender-related services. It begins with an appointment in which parents and the child or teen meet with a therapist to discuss the child or teen’s developmental history, gender identification, and goals for services. If interested, the family then can schedule an appointment with a physician who specializes in human growth, development and hormones to determine whether medical treatments may be helpful to affirm the child’s gender.
KIDz Pride behavioral health providers are available during medical appointments and other times to provide support for gender or co-occurring mental health concerns. Middle school and high school group therapy options are also available.
To schedule a new patient appointment in the KIDz Pride Clinic at either the MetroHealth Main Campus or Middleburg Heights locations, call 216-778-8564 or 216-778-3745.
Founded in 1837, MetroHealth is leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery, and teamwork. Cuyahoga County’s public, safety-net hospital system, MetroHealth meets people where they are, providing care through four hospitals, four emergency departments, and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites. Each day, our 8,000 employees focus on providing our community with equitable health care–through patient-focused research, access to care, and support services–that seeks to eradicate health disparities rooted in systematic barriers. For more information, visit metrohealth.org.