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Interdisciplinary transgender community advocate committed to providing access to and education on gender-affirming healthcare. Using lived experience to help others. Dedicated to eliminating barriers for underserved communities to accessible treatment and guidance with an intersectional lens and individual care.

February 2021 - Present

RESEARCH DATA ASSOCIATE

  • Compiled and analyzed data and statistics specific to research projects 

  • Ensured IRB protocol compliance and completed documentation as necessary

  • Recruited and screened research participants

  • Drafted manuscripts for review by research team and intended  publication 

  • Additional roles: Co-ran buddy program for patients undergoing genital gender affirming surgery and helped update and create patient education materials for current clinical patients

August 2019 - February 2021

MEDICAL CASE MANAGER - CALLEN-LORDE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, NYC

  • Provided care coordination and health education services for adolescents 

  • Maintained a caseload of 60 transgender and HIV+ adolescents 

  • Tracked grant deliverables 

  • Developed patient education materials specific to gender affirming surgeries and medical interventions 

  • Facilitated weekly trans masculine support group 

  • Created workflows and data collection tools to improve patient access to care 

  • Maintained updated referral lists to local providers

May 2014 - August 2019

APPLE - GENIUS

  • Worked in Apple retail stores, started part-time salesperson ("specialist") role in college, earned promotions iteratively to full-time senior technical role ("Genius)

  • Provided technical support to customers, repaired phones and computers, all within time constraints and while maintaining Apple standards of customer service and support 

  • Mentored fellow co-workers and developed workflows to better support customer care 

  • Gained experience in various locations in New Jersey as well as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS

PATIENT REPORTED OUTCOMES IN GENITAL GENDER-AFFIRMING SURGERY: MAGNIFYING THE PATIENT VOICE

Nnenaya Agochukwu-Mmonu, Elijah Castle, Lee C. Zhao, Asa E. Radix, Rachel Bluebond-Langner, Danil V. Makarov, Clarissa Ospina-Norvell, Carolyn Berry

United States Professional Association of Transgender Health 2021 Virtual Scientific Symposium. Virtual. November 2021.

WEIGHT-STIGMA MITIGATING APPROACHES TO GENITAL GENDER AFFIRMING SURGERY

Elijah Castle, Nabeel Shakir, Gaines Blasdel, Lee C. Zhao, Rachel Bluebond-Langer

United States Professional Association of Transgender Health 2021 Virtual Scientific Symposium/Surgeon's Day Program. Virtual. November 2021.

WE DON’T FIT: EVIDENCE-BASED ADVOCACY ON BMI AS A BARRIER TO GENDER-AFFIRMING SURGERY

Justin Coffman, Elijah Castle, Gaines Blasdel, Teddy G. Goetz

Advancing Excellence in Transgender Health Conference 2021. Virtual. October 2021.

TOP SURGERY NAVIGATION

Elijah Castle

OUT Foundation Post Top Surgery Self Care Workshop. New York, NY. (Virtual). September 2021.

WE DON'T FIT: EVIDENCE-BASED ADVOCACY ON BMI AS A BARRIER TO GENDER-AFFIRMING SURGERY

Justin Coffman, Elijah Castle, Gaines Blasdel, Teddy G. Goetz

Transgender Professional Association for Transgender Health (TPATH) Conference. Poster Presentation. Virtual. July 2021.

THE CURRENT STATE OF BMI AND GENDER AFFIRMING SURGERY

Elijah Castle & Justin Coffman

Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference ProTrack. Virtual. July 2021.

GENDER-AFFIRMING SURGERY FOR YOUTH

Dr. Rachel Bluebond-Langner & Elijah Castle

Philadelphia Wellness Conference. Virtual. July 2021.

PHALLOPLASTY & METOIDIOPLASTY @ NYU

Dr. Rachel Bluebond-Langner, Dr. Lee C. Zhao, Gaines Blasdel, Elijah Castle

NYU Langone Health Gender-Affirming Surgery Webinar Series. Virtual. July 2021.

TRANSGENDER HEALTHCARE

Panelist

Columbia University 2021 Speaker Session. Moderated by the OUT Foundation. Virtual. May 2021.

GENDER AFFIRMING SURGERY FOR YOUTH

Elijah Castle

2021 Vision GSA Summit. Virtual. February 2021.

HEALTHCARE SELF-ADVOCACY FOR TRANS PEOPLE.

Elijah Castle

2021 Vision GSA Summit. Virtual. February 2021.

GENDER AFFIRMING SURGERY FOR YOUTH (TRANS MASCULINE FOCUS)

Dr. Rachel Bluebond-Langner, Nathan Levitt, Elijah Castle

Gender Conference NYC Parent/Caregiver Program. Virtual. October 2020.

GENDER AFFIRMING SURGERY FOR YOUTH (TRANS FEMININE FOCUS)

Dr. Rachel Bluebond-Langner, Nathan Levitt, Elijah Castle

Gender Conference NYC Parent/Caregiver Program. Virtual. October 2020.

GENDER AFFIRMING SURGERY

Dr. Rachel Bluebond-Langner, Nathan Levitt, Elijah Castle

Gender Conference NYC High School Program. Virtual. October 2020.

GENDER AFFIRMING SURGERY

Dr. Rachel Bluebond-Langner, Nathan Levitt, Elijah Castle

Gender Conference NYC Middle School Program. Virtual. October 2020.

HEALTHCARE SELF-ADVOCACY FOR TRANS PEOPLE

Elijah Castle

Borough of Manhattan Community College LGBTQ+ and Women's Health Series. Virtual. October 2020.

CALLEN-LORDE TOP SURGERY NAVIGATION

Elijah Castle

OUT Foundation Post Top Surgery Self Care Workshop. Virtual. October 2020.

PREPARING FOR GENDER AFFIRMING SURGERY

Elijah Castle & Vibianno Gonzalez. 

First Event Conference. Boston, MA. January 2020.

BEYOND BINARY CARE

Panelist

NYU Plastic Surgery Club. Moderated by the OUT Foundation. October 2020.

GENDER AFFIRMING SURGERY FOR YOUTH

Panelist

Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference. Moderated by Dr. Rachel Bluebond-Langner, Nathan Levitt & Gaines Blasdel. Philadelphia, PA. July 2019.

GENDER AFFIRMING SURGERY FOR YOUTH

Panelist

Gender Conference NYC. Moderated by Dr. Rachel Bluebond-Langner and Nathan Levitt. Queens, NY. June 2019.

BEYOND BINARY CARE

Panelist

NYU Plastic Surgery Club. Moderated by the OUT Foundation and Kevin Moore. New York, NY. May 2019.

 

LEADERSHIP

CO-FACILITATOR, THE TOOL SHED

January 2020 - Present

Organized and co-facilitated bi-monthly peer-led support group for gender affirming phalloplasty and metoidioplasty

CREATOR AND ADMIN, NEW JERSEY TRANS MASCULINE SUPPORT GROUP

March 2019 - Present

Created and moderated support group for trans men, trans masculine, and nonbinary people in New Jersey

CO-ADMIN, PHALLOPLASTY/METOIDIOPLASTY ONLINE SUPPORT GROUP

January 2019 - Present

Moderated and provided peer support to a select group of patients pursuing or post gender affirming phalloplasty and metoidioplasty

CO-FACILITATOR, SURGERY PREP CLINIC

October 2019 - March 2020

Co-facilitated Surgery Prep Clinic at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center; provided group support and presentations specific to gender affirming surgery

FACILITATOR, TRANS MASCULINE SUPPORT GROUP

August 2019 - March 2020

Facilitated support group for adolescent trans men, trans masculine, and nonbinary people at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center; provided group support and health education presentations

 

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP

July 2021 - Present

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) 

Full voting member

 

EDUCATION

September 2020 - December 2020

Notable courses: Chemistry

BOROUGH OF MANHATTAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE

January 2016 - May 0218

MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY

Earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, Filmmaking
Graduated May 2018

September 2015 - December 2015

Film studies concentration

RAMAPO COLLEGE

August 2013 - April 2015

Notable courses: Research Methods, Statistics, Database Management Systems (SQL)

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

 

SKILLS

SURVEY INSTRUMENT AND DATABASE DESIGN

Via REDCap

STATISTICAL ANALYSIS

Use of SPSS for basic analysis

ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD

Experience with EPIC and NextGen

PRESENTATION DESIGN

Use of Microsoft Office Suite and Google Workspace to create academic and community presentations and posters

DATA COLLECTION AND WORD PROCESSING

Use of Microsoft Excel, Office and Google Docs, Sheets