NorWest Community Health Centres (NorWest CHC), Foria Clinic, and Dr. Francois Doiron proudly announce their collaboration and commitment to sustaining and broadening gender-affirming care services in the Thunder Bay region, following the closure of the Umbrella Clinic.

NorWest CHC has a long-standing dedication to providing inclusive and comprehensive healthcare services, and the expansion of gender-affirming care aligns seamlessly with our mission to foster a healthier, more equitable community. We are already offering gender-affirming care services, and this new collaboration presents an exciting opportunity to expand and enhance these essential services for our community.

Foria Clinic, the most recent service of PurposeMed, has been at the forefront of advancing gender-affirming healthcare, and our collaboration aims to build upon their expertise and NorWest CHC’s commitment to excellence in healthcare delivery. Together, we will welcome and ensure a smooth transition of care for individuals in Northwestern Ontario who are seeking gender affirming services.

This collaboration brings together the strengths of NorWest CHC, Foria Clinic and Dr. Doiron’s expertise to provide a comprehensive range of gender-affirming care services, including hormone therapy, mental health support, and surgical assessments. Our integrated approach will prioritize the well-being of clients, fostering a supportive and inclusive environment for everyone in need of gender-affirming care.

CEO, Juanita Lawson at NorWest CHC, expressed appreciation for this collaboration, stating, “We are really pleased to work alongside Dr. Dorion and Foria Clinic to enhance and expand our gender-affirming care services. This collaboration underscores our commitment to providing accessible and affirming healthcare for all members of our community.”

“We are so excited to enter into this collaboration with NorWest CHC and Dr. Dorion in order to deliver life-saving care to the Thunder Bay region. I am proud of Foria Clinic, and I am confident that it will benefit many people that need safe and responsive virtual gender-affirming care. I hope that this is just a first step in a long and fruitful partnership.” Dr. Kate Greenaway, Medical Director, Foria Clinic.

Dr. Francois Doiron shares “collaborating with NorWest CHC and Foria Clinic is a pivotal moment in our commitment to gender-affirming care. Together, we’re not just filling gaps, but crafting a continuum of support that embraces and empowers our gender-diverse community.”

NorWest CHC, Foria Clinic and Dr. Doiron are committed to maintaining the highest standards of care, fostering an environment that respects and celebrates the diversity of all individuals seeking gender-affirming services.

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Kaitlin Gaspar, Communications Lead
NorWest Community Health Centres
(807) 626-8488

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