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Health Care Resources in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona and Arkansas

Health Care Resources in 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 journey 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 states alphabetically, unless you send us a note and request a particular state and we’ll move requests to the top of the list.

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 post about one or two states with lots of resources and sometimes it will be a post about several states with a few resources each.

Many of the resources are, to their credit, creating  comfortable places for routine 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 and we will see what we can do to help.

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

Alabama

Magic City Wellness Center (WebsiteTrans Health Care, FBMagic City Wellness Center, IG – @mcwcbao)

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 age limitations are state, but services appear to be for adults, check with the provider for age limitations.

 

Thrive Alabama (WebsiteLGBTQ Healthcare, FBThrive Alabama, 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 age limitations are state, but services appear to be for adults, check with the provider for age limitations.

 

Birmingham VA Medical Center, Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System(CAVHCS), and  (Website – LGBT Services for Veterans, BirminghamLGBT Services for Veterans, Central Alabama FB – U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs, IG – @VeteranAffairs)

According to the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs, Patient Care Services for LGBT veterans  includes the following (and other) services – hormone treatment, treatment and prevention of STIs/PrEP, cancer screening, prevention and treatment.  If there are questions reach out to the LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator (VCC) at the site.

VA healthcare is offered free of charge to veterans.   Veterans may have some copays.

The Birmingham VA Medical Center has (1) medica center in Birmingham and (10) associated clinics in Bessemer, Birmingham, Callahan, Childersburg, Florence, Guntersville, Huntsville, Jasper, Oxford and Rainbow.  Click the location and directions link for directions.

The Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) has (2) Medical Centers, CAVHCS West in Montgomery and CAVHCS East in Tuskegee and (5) clinics in Columbus, Dothan 1, Dothan 2, Monroe and Wiregrass.  Click the location and directions link for directions.

The Tuscaloos VA Medical Center has (1) medical center in Tuscaloosa and (1) associated clinic in Selma.  Click the location and directions link for directions.

LGBT Veteran Care is for U.S. veterans.

 

Alaska

QueerDoc in Partnership with Full Spectrum Health (WebsiteQueerDoc, FBQueerDoc, IG – @queerdoc)

QueerDoc offers queer and gender diverse medical care online.  QueerDoc offers hormone therapy, puberty blockers, PrEP, STI screening, contraception, medical and surgical referals and gender marker change consultation. – ALL ONLINE via TELEHEALTH.  Set up a free 15 minute consultation by pushing the Request Appointment button.

In Alaska, QueerDoc accepts most insurance plans.

Since QueerDoc is a telehealth service, QueerDoc serves ALL of Washington state.

Services from QueerDoc are open to patients of all ages.

Planned Parenthood Fairbanks Health Center (WebsiteLGBTQ Services in Fairbanks, FBPlanned Parenthood, IG – @plannedparenthood)

Fairbanks Health Center offers a large variety of services including hormone therapy as well as sexual health – HIV/STD testing and counseling including PEP and PrEP, birth control, men’s health, women’s health and many other services.

PP Fairbanks Health Center is part of PP of the Greater Northwest and Hawaiin Islands which has a variety of payment options check the link and/or contact the clinic to leanr more.

PP Fairbanks Health Center is in Fairbanks and also offers Telehealth.

Check with PP Fairbanks Health Center for age limitations on services.

 

Alaska VA Healthcare System (Website – LGBT Services for Veterans, FB – U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs, IG – @VeteranAffairs)

According to the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs, Patient Care Services for LGBT veterans  includes the following (and other) services – hormone treatment, treatment and prevention of STIs/PrEP, cancer screening, prevention and treatment.  If there are questions reach out to the LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator (VCC) at the site.

VA healthcare is offered free of charge to veterans.   Veterans may have some copays.

The Alaska VA Healthcare System includes the Anchorage Medical Center and (4) VA Clinics in Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai, and Mat-su.  Click the location and directions link for directions.

LGBT Veteran Care is for U.S. veterans.

 

Online Resources inlcude the LGBTQ online community Identity (Identity Alaska, FB – Identity, Inc., IG – @Identity) Identity manages a list of LGBT friendly medical providers including medical providers for transgender people, click the link.

 

Arizona

El Rio Health   (WebsiteTransgender Medicine, FBEl Rio Community Health Center, IG – @El Rio Community Health Center)

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  (WebsiteLGBTQ+ Health, FBUAZ Campus Health Service, IG – @uazcampushealth)

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 – Gender Reassignment Benefit.

Check student health center for payment information.

University of Arizona is located in Tuscon.

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

 

Legacy Health (WebsiteTransgender Health, FBLegacy Health, IG – NONE)

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 is not stated.

Multiple locations, check the website.

No age limitations are state, but services appear to be for adults, check with the provider for age limitations.

 

CODAC Health Recover and Wellness (also known as Living Out Loud LGBTQ Health) (WebsiteCODAC Health Recovery Wellness, FBCODAC Health Recovery Wellness, IG – NONE)

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

Check with individual providers for payment options, locations and age limitations on services.  

 

Northern Arizona, Phoenix and Southern Arizona Healthcare Systems  (Websites – LGBT Services for Veterans Northern Arizona, LGBT Services for Veterans Phoenix, and LGBT Services for Veterans Southern Arizona, FB – U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs, IG – @VeteranAffairs)

According to the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs, Patient Care Services for LGBT veterans  includes the following (and other) services – hormone treatment, treatment and prevention of STIs/PrEP, cancer screening, prevention and treatment.  If there are questions reach out to the LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator (VCC) at the site.

VA healthcare is offered free of charge to veterans.   Veterans may have some copays.

The Northern Arizona VA Healthcare System includes Bob Stump Dept. of VA Medical Center in Prescott and (11) VA clinics in Athem, Chinle, Cottonwood, Flagstaff, Holbrook, Kayenta, Kingman, Lake Havasu City, Page, Polacca, and Tuba City.

The Phoenix VA Healthcare System includes Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix and (9) VA clinics in Globe, Northeast Phoenix, Northwest, Payson, Phoenix Midtown, Show Low, Southeast, Southwest and Thunderbird.

The Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System includes the Tuscon VA Medical Center in Tuscon and (9) VA clinics in Casa Grande, Cochise County, Greene Valley, Northwest Tuscon, Pinal County, Safford, Sierra Vista, Southeast Tuscon and Yuma.

LGBT Veteran Care is for U.S. veterans.

 

Legacy Health (WebsiteTransgender Health, FBLegacy Health, IG – NONE)

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 is not stated.

Multiple locations, follow the link.

No age limitations are state, but services appear to be for adults, check with the provider for age limitations.

 

Arkansas

Arkansas Children’s Website  (Gender Spectrum Clinic), FBArkansas Children’s , IG – @archildrens).

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.

 

Central Arkansas VA Health Care System and Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks  (Websites – LGBT Services for Veterans Central Arkansas and LGBT Services for Veterans Ozarks, FB – U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs, IG – @VeteranAffairs)

According to the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs, Patient Care Services for LGBT veterans  includes the following (and other) services – hormone treatment, treatment and prevention of STIs/PrEP, cancer screening, prevention and treatment.  If there are questions reach out to the LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator (VCC) at the site.

VA healthcare is offered free of charge to veterans.   Veterans may have some copays.

Central Arkansas VA Health Care System includes John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Little Rock, Eugene J. Towbin Healthcare Center in North Little Rock and (8) VA clinics in Conway, El Dorado, Hot Springs, Mena, Mountain Home, Pine Bluff, Russellville, and Searcy.

VA Healthcare System of the Ozarks includes Fayetteville VA Medical Center in Fayetteville and (7) VA clinics in Branson, Ft. Smith, Gene Taylor Veterans’ Outpatient Clinic in Springfield, Harrison, Jay, Joplin, and Ozark.

LGBT Veteran Care is for U.S. veterans.

 

Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition (ARTEC)  (WebsiteHealth Resources, FB – NONE, IG – NONE)

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.


 

About the author, Gayle M. Frankenbach, Ph.D. is the mother of a Daughter, Lise and a transgender son Elliott.  Elliott and Gayle both passionately desire to care about and care for the trans community.  Elliott and Gayle also both love the unbound creativity of the cosplay community.  When we realized there is a big overlap between the two communities B.UR.SLF, LLC was born at the interface of these two great communities to serve them individually and together.  Elliott and Gayle also enjoy running a trans son & parent business to be visible for parents on a journey to visibly support their own trans kids and be a great allies.