“The origins of this problem range from inadequate knowledge of providers to personal objection of serving transgender patients to massive stigma discouraging transgender individuals to seek healthcare.”
Catherine owns three pet mice by the names of Emily, Patricia, and Victoria.
Catherine Floate is a senior at Boise State University majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in American Government and Public Policy. She is passionate about issues relating to transgender justice and is currently the president and co-creator of the Idaho Transgeender Healthcare Advcocacy Coalition (ITHAC). Her leadership in ITHAC has given her the opportunity to deal directly with many issues and injustices, which has driven her stance on equality in healthcare. The current health system has failed many times to provide adequate—even minimal—services to transgender people.
Catherine says that as a community we have a lot to learn when it comes to sexual identity. She believes one of the best ways to increase awareness and knowledge is to start with health care—a fundamental need. By designing a comprehensive training program for health care professionals, the goal is to put focus on the needs and emotional support for each transgender individual.
Catherine plans to do this by strategizing ways to make healthcare and administrative serves more accessible, develop a comprehensive transgender cultural company training program, and implement a follow-up evaluation to test the effectiveness of the training programs. Her ultimate aim is to spread acceptance and inclusivity throughout Boise State's campus and beyond.