Impact and Programs
In 2017, Family Tree met our goals by reaching upwards of 22,000 people through the different services we provide, including sexual and reproductive health care, sex education, health education for the Deaf, DeafBlind,Hard of Hearing community (DDBHH), and the MN Family Planning and STD Hotline, which is operated from our clinic. To promote health equity, we strive to serve people with marginalized identities, and we are succeeding in this work, though there is always room for growth. In 2017, 56% of our patients identified as LGBTQ and 45% of our patients identify as people of color. 38% of our patients live at or below the federal poverty level and 70% live at or below 250% of the poverty level. 33% of our patients are uninsured and many more have insurance with deductibles they can’t afford.
Our Trans Hormone Care Program continued to grow beyond expectations in 2017. Patients come from across the Upper Midwest to receive hormone care from Family Tree because our approach to hormone care is gender-affirming and radically centers patient autonomy. We served over 600 patients in our hormone care program.
Our education department served upwards of 10,000 people, delivering sex education in K-12 schools and classes that help parents and caregivers speak to children about sex, sexuality, and gender. Our educators offer classes that are science-based, evidence-informed, inclusive, and sex positive. Our DDBHH educators reached over 1,200 individuals in 2017.
In 2018, Family Tree Clinic’s goals are grounded in our 5-year strategic plan, which emphasizes our vision of eliminating health disparities as well as expanding the services we provide and increasing our capacity to provide these services. A continuing goal for Family Tree is to meet the sexual health care and education needs of those most impacted by inequities in health care systems, including people who are uninsured and underinsured, people of color, LGBTQ people, immigrant and refugee communities, and the Deaf, DeafBlind,Hard of Hearing community (DDBHH). In this work, we are community-led, meaning community and patient feedback is an essential component in how we identify the services most needed and shapes how we provide those services.
Family Tree believes that health care should be holistic. To this end, 2018 is a year where Family Tree is experimenting with integrating art experiences as part of our approach to health care. Our goal is to increase the visibility of art throughout the clinic, including the lobby and exam rooms, and offer free art workshops occasionally throughout the year.
Another goal is to continue centering racial justice and anti-oppression work in the context of our mission and vision. Our goal this year is to re-imagine our organization's internal policies in order to integrate racial justice more comprehensively into Family Tree. By centering racial justice internally, we will be better able to promote racial equity in the work we are doing and be more responsive to the intersectional communities we serve.
Community or Constituency Served
We specialize in serving communities that experience greater health disparities, including women, the LGBTQ community, people of color, and people with low income. We center the intersectional identities of the people we serve in the context of our mission and vision.
Geographic Area Served
We serve the Twin Cities Metro Area in Minnesota, though some of our patients, especially those in our Trans Hormone Care Program, come from all over the upper Midwest.