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Health Care Resources – Alabama, Alaska, Arizona and Arkansas

Hi Everyone,

You know that we want you to be healthy and safe.  To help you with your health care we are creating a list, by state of health care organizations that serve the transgender, nonbinary, gender queer and non-comforming community.  While we are creating this site for you, we are also doing this weekly post on health care.  While it’s nice to have a list, in these posts we can also give  you a few details on what each of the organizations we post actually do.  We’ll just go through the alphabet.

Some state have lots of resources and we’ll let you know as best we can where in the state the resources are located.  Other states don’t have as many resources.  So the number of states we post each week will vary.  Sometimes it will be a lot of state and sometimes it will be a post about several states.

One thing we notice is that many of the health care services offered focus on helping with serious issues whereas their is likely an equal need for the LGBTQ community to have a comfortable place for more common health care issues and proactive health maintenaince as well as interventionary health care.  We will try to highlight what is offered in each case.

If you still can’t find the health care you need, drop us a note on FB (B.UR.SLF LLC), instagram/ twitter @burslfllc or email burslfllc@gmail.com.

This week we are listing resources for Alabama, Alaska, Arizona and Arkansa.

Alabama:

Magic City Wellness Center (Website – https://www.magiccitywellnesscenter.org/lgbtq-wellness, FB – https://www.facebook.com/mcwcbao/, IG – none)

Magic City Wellness aims to be a warm and welcoming site for the LGBTQ community to receive health care.  Primary and holistic health care are offered.  There is a page for sexual health care.  There is help managing chronic health conditionsRoutine screenings and screening for cancer are offered and the center aims to help clients catch conditions early.  Counseling, support groups and mental health help is available

Hormone therapy is offered for transgender people.

There is ample help also for  disease states including substance abuse and infectious states.

Payment options are not state, although lower cost health care is mentioned.

Thrive is located in Birmingham.

No information is given about age of patients accepted.

Thrive Alabama (Website – https://thrivealabama.org/care-and-services/medical/lgbtq-healthcare, FB – https://www.facebook.com/ThriveAlabamaFlorence/, IG – @thrive_alabama)

Thrive Alabama offers affirming primary care for transgender and gender non-conforming people.  They strive for an inclusive health care experience.  Their services for the LGBTQ community include physical exams, gender affirming hormone therapy, cancer screenings, consultations prior to gender affirming surgeries, common care, care for acute conditions like infectious states and other non-emergency conditions, chronic disease management, case management – to help overcome barriers to care, nutrition counseling and some mental health services.

Insured patients pay their co-pay, uninsured patients are billed on a sliding scale.

Thrive is located in Huntsville, Florence and Albertsville, but the website lists Huntsville on the page specifically dedicated ot lgbt1 healthcare.

No information was found on age of patients accepted.

Alaska

Resources for healthcare clinice for transgender, non-binary, gender queer and gender non-conforming were not generally easily identified on-line.

We recommend you use Alaska’s online LGBTQ community link called Identity (https://identityalaska.org/).  Identity manages a list of LGBT friendly medical care providers including medical providers for transgender people (https://identityalaska.org/resources/lgbt-medical-care-providers/).

Arizona

El Rio Health   (Website – https://www.elrio.org/transgender-medicine/, FB – https://www.facebook.com/ElRioCommunityHealthCenter/, IG – @elriohealth)

El Rio is foused on providing affirming and respectful high quality health care to the LGBTQ community.  El Rio specifically states they have a transgender medicine program.  El Rio offers primary care including preventitive, chronic, and acute services.  Gender affirming hormone therapy and referrals to specialists.  Puberty blockers are available.  Sexual and reproductive health care is available, including routine and cancer screenings.

El Rio accepts most insurance and offers a sliding scale for the uninsured.

El Rio is located in Tuscon

El Rio accepts adult, adolescence and pediatric patients into their LGBTQ and transgender medicine programs

University of Arizona Campus Health Care Service  (Website – https://health.arizona.edu/lgbtq-resources-treatment, FB – https://www.facebook.com/uazcampushealth , IG – @UACampusHealth)

University campuses are starting to offer an interesting variety of services to LGBTQ students including transgender, gender queer, gender non-conforming and non-binary students.  University of Arizona is providing a LOT of interesting services.  All students who identify as trans*, gender non-conforming, genderqueer and non-binary identities will be welcomed and supported.

Services include consultation, initiation and continuation of hormonal treatment, letters of support and referral for surgical transition, and general wellness.

General wellness is offered and includes at-birth bodies, and bodies in any stage of medical transition.

They also offer STI testing and treatment, birth control, and safer sex tools and information.

UA campus health has other unique and interesting benefits including speech feminization and a gender reassignment benefit.  Check the website above for all of the health care information and for the gender reassignment benefit at UA check this website (https://health.arizona.edu/gender-reassignment-benefit).

University of Arizona is located in Tuscon

Check student health center for payment information.

UA students are accepted in these programs check the UA website for student eligibility.

CODAC Health Recover and Wellness (also known as Living Out Loud LGBTQ Health) (Website – http://www.codac.org/lgbtqi/, FB – https://www.facebook.com/CODACTucson/, IG – not found)

Medical services are primarily referrals.  Focus is on recovery and behavioral health for the community including LGBTQI perople

Legacy Health – Transgender Health  (Website – https://www.legacyhealth.org/health-services-and-information/health-services/for-adults-a-z/gender-and-sexual-health-program/transgender-health-services.aspx, FB -,https://www.facebook.com/legacyhealth/ IG – not found)

The website states Legacy Health is committed to providing safe, affirming and comprehensive healthcare to transgender, gender diverse, and intersex communities.  Details are not provided and there are references to making referrals.

Payment information from transgender and age of transgender clients is not specified.

Multiple locations, check the website.

Arkansas

Arkansas Children’s Gender Spectrum Clinic   Website  ( https://www.archildrens.org/programs-services/a-to-z-services-list/gender-spectrum-clinic/clinic-resources), FB -https://www.facebook.com/ArkansasChildrens/ , IG – @arkansaschildrens.

Gender affirmative health care for youth.  An interdisciplinary team creates and individualized treatment plan in collaboration with patients, parents/guardians, mental health therapy providers and schools to ensure the best possible health care outcomes.

Sevices include hormone therapy, feminizing therapy, masculizing thearapy, menstration suppression, puberty suppression therapy, treatment for dysphoria, and referrals to additional speacialists.

Many managed insurance plans are accepted and these are listed on the websie.  Financial assistance and online assistance applying for SNAP are both available, check the website for details.

The Gender Spectrum clinic is located in Little Rock.

The program serves children and adolescents.  

Arkkansas Transgender Equality Coalition (ARTEC)  Website – http://www.artranscoalition.org/health/

Akansas online community and resources for transgender and non-binary people.  Search online for resources for physical health, mental health and HIV & AIDS resources in NW Arkansas.

Check providers for payment details.

Resources are located in NW Arizona

Check individual providers for ages of patients accepted.