As one of the social workers for OHSU’s Transgender Health Program (www.ohsu.edu/transhealth), Jess Guerriero works to improve experiences for OHSU community members. Jess can assist folks with identifying affirming care providers within and outside of OHSU. They also provide accompaniment to visits throughout the OHSU system, including having a presence at Richmond Family Medicine. Jess also is highly involved with patients seeking care from Pediatric Endocrinology and pursuing phalloplasty. You can also find them participating in patient and workforce education sessions around campus. Jess uses they/them pronouns.
Jess is a social worker with a second graduate degree in Gender and Cultural Studies from Simmons College. While at Simmons, Jess focused their work on a thesis that argued for the expansion of transgender health coverage and the movement toward therapists as partners, rather than gatekeepers, in the transition process.
Jess interned/worked at Fenway Health, a community health center geared towards LGBTQI-identified individuals. Here, Jess carried a caseload of children, adolescents, and adults who were, in some cases, navigating medical transitions.
Jess also ran a support group for parents of trans youth and established an independent consulting business to help schools, businesses, and providers implement policies that were more trans-inclusive.
Jess previously worked in Quality Management at LifeWorksNW, served as an internal trainer on LGBTQI-related topics and was the chair of the Transgender Care Workgroup.
In their spare time, Jess enjoys listening to live music, hiking, and kayaking with their pack (partner, fur babies, and a human baby).
- B.A., 2008, University of Massachusetts
- M.A., 2010, Gender and Cultural Studies, Simmons College
- M.S.W., 2012, Simmons College
Memberships and associations
- National Association of Social Workers