Embodia launches online resource to address health needs of transgender community

Toronto-based Embodia, an online health learning marketplace for healthcare practitioners and patients, announced that its platform will host an online course to address health concerns of the transgender community.

Embodia, formerly known as “healthSwapp,” said it decided to host the course following a recent Trans PULSE study that found that 21 percent of trans people have avoided visiting doctors and haven’t received adequate health care because of fear of negative experiences. The course was designed by a group of researchers, practitioners, and professors to address mental and physical health needs of trans people.

Embodia’s course, which will be available to both healthcare professionals and trans people, will provide a broad range of resources including at-home post-operation physiotherapy exercises, curated rehabilitation exercises aimed at helping people overcome mental health struggles, peer support through an online forum, as well as nutrition, meditation, and wellness education. The course is expected to launch at for Toronto Pride 2017.

Embodia was formerly known as Healthswapp, a mobile and web app that allows rehabilitation practitioners communicate with their patients by sending and tracking the progress of their patients’ home exercise programs.

The company’s co-founder and CEO Maggie Bergeron is also a founding partner of HealthTO, a meetup that brings together the Toronto healthcare community to discuss topics related to the future of innovation in health and wellness.

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer at BetaKit. As a fourth-year journalism student who has written primarily about entrepreneurship, Amira has developed a growing interest in Canadian startup, business, and tech news. In her free time, Amira enjoys reading, baking and watching legal shows.