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An Interview with University Health’s LGBTQ Clinic

A stethoscope on top of a rainbow flag

This month, we talked to our partners at University Health’s LGBTQ Specialty Clinic about their work in providing compassionate, affirming care to all patients.

A recent study found that LGBTQ people were more likely to report a range of negative experiences in health care compared to non-LGBTQ people. That’s a problem, especially if it discourages their willingness to seek out the care that they need.

University Health is doing the work to help change this statistic. The LGTBQ Specialty Clinic opened to patients at the beginning of 2020 and has quickly grown. Patients can see multiple LGBTQ-friendly providers in one place, including primary care, endocrinology, gynecology, and psychiatry services. Plus, clinic staff can assist patients with navigating affordability, access, and insurance coverage barriers, as well as referrals to partner organizations.

“The LGBT+ community is so much more than sexual health care,” says Dr. Molly Uhlenhake, DO, a pediatrics and internal medicine specialist. “While we welcome these discussions, there are a million other things we discuss in the clinic.”

Having a place where patients feel comfortable discussing their healthcare needs makes a positive difference, but three in ten LGBTQ people said it is difficult to find a doctor who explains things in a way that is easy to understand.

“We are here for you and we care!” emphasizes Marquita Leverette, LCSW Program Manager. “Our team is comprised of highly qualified professionals who not only provide healthcare services but are allies who are committed to providing you the best experience possible.”

Outside the clinic, it’s important for patients’ friends and families to create a safe environment for their LGBTQ+ loved ones, too.

“My best advice to family and friends is show up for them in every way,” says Uhlenhake.

That can include accompanying your loved one to the doctor’s office or learning more about their identity.

One thing Dr. Jordan Rowe wishes more people knew? The clinic offers resources for those worried about the cost of gender-affirming care.

“I’m able to work with most patients to find options that both fit their goals and their budget!” says Rowe.

The optimistic outlook that University Health’s team shares is just as helpful as the medical care they provide. As Dr. Uhlenhake puts it, “There is so much love, joy, pride, and togetherness in the community. There is so much to celebrate.”

To make an appointment or for additional information, visit University Health’s website or call 816.404.4086.