Many of clients report struggling to find supportive healthcare for their youth. While the family doctor who has known the individual for years can be a good resource, this isn’t always the case. You have the choice of educating your current provider or choosing a new one. While we chose to share my child’s sexual and gender identity and have a discussion with our family doctor before making any changes, I understand this is not always the best route for you and your loved one.
Good health care is more than a primary physician, it’s a team of individuals that support mental and physical health. So I recommend ensuring your provider is a team player with whatever specialists you may be working with. Here are some resources for finding the best team for you:
– Ask your personal doctor. While they may not be the best provider for you, they often have connections within your community and may have ideas for others who may be.
– Search the web. Search “LGBTQ healthcare (your town)”. Sometimes adding the search term HIV/AIDS is also helpful to identify care providers who are actively treating LGBTQ+ individuals. Even if they are not the provider you need, they may be able to recommend other providers in the area.
– The Healthcare Equality Index. Published annually by the Human Rights Campaign, this is a list of US healthcare facilities that promote equitable and inclusive care for LGBTQ+ individuals and their families. https://www.hrc.org/resources/healthcare-equality-index
– Equitas. In 13 Midwest cities, there is a regional non-profit healthcare system that serves the needs of LGBTQ+ individuals. https://equitashealth.com
– GLMA Provider Listing. The world’s oldest and largest association of LGBTQ+ healthcare professionals. http://www.glma.org. Also on this site, you can find access to the GLMA Guide to LGBT Health and their guides for 10 things to discuss with your healthcare provider (under resources).
– The Transgender Care Listing. Assists in locating a provider. http://transcaresite.org/
If you are needing additional help with resources, please email me at email@example.com.
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