Helen Santoro

Helen Santoro

Helen Santoro is a science journalist based out of Colorado who covers the brain, health disparities and the LGBTQ+ community.

Elaine Stephens is examined by a medical student in University of Alabama-Birmingham's standardized patient program. In the early years of this program, Stephens says, some students' bedside manner would change once she revealed her was transgender. (Photo: UAB Office of Standardized Patient Education)

Transgender people in rural America struggle to find doctors willing or able to provide care

By: - January 24, 2023

For Tammy Rainey, finding a health care provider who knows about gender-affirming care has been a challenge in the rural northern Mississippi town where she lives. As a transgender woman, Rainey needs the hormone estrogen, which allows her to physically transition by developing more feminine features. But when she asked her doctor for an estrogen […]