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Founder of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia ‘Gender Clinic’ Reportedly Recruited Homeless Youth for Research


“Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Gender Clinic co-founder Naida Dowshen revealed that she recruited research subjects from a youth homeless shelter,” The Post Millennial reports.

“We recruited folks from a variety of places across the city of Philadelphia, in our own HIV clinic and gender clinic as well as at Covenant House and in some other community-based organizations and aid services organizations that serve young trans women in Philadelphia,” said Dowshen, noting that the group also tried to recruit people through social media.


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A slide that appeared as Dowshen was talking revealed that the subjects they were looking for were biological males between the ages of 16 and 24, who identify as women, and who are either HIV positive or reported having anal sex with a male partner in the last year.

According to documents obtained by Megan Eileen, Dowshen provides general adolescent medical care at Covenant House, a youth shelter located in Philadelphia.

CHOP also runs a “CHOP Connection” clinic within the shelter site, which is staffed during the weekdays to meet “the physical, mental, and behavioral health needs of our youth,” according to the shelter’s website.

“Homelessness impacts young people’s physical and mental well-being in many ways, and because youth are still developing cognitively, physically, psychologically, and emotionally, those impacts can have deep effects. This is even more the case for young people of color and those who identify as LGBTQ, who face unique challenges associated with racism and prejudice,” the website states.

“Covenant House welcomes all young people facing homelessness with unconditional love and absolute respect and provides them access to a range of health and well-being services that they can use to heal and rediscover their potential. Our trauma-informed, resilience-focused programs and services range from medical care at our on-site health centers to yoga classes, music lessons, counseling, religious and spiritual services, and sports. In these activities, young people retake control over their lives, build on their strengths, and nourish their self-confidence.”

According to Eileen, this clinic is funded through Title X of the Public Health Service Act.


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