31 Mar Healthcare Resources and HRT for the Transgender Community in Minnesota
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.
This week we are covering Minnesota for Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender Non-Conforming Care.
Many 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see what we can do to help.
This week we are listing resources for Minnesota.
CentraCare LGBTQ + Health (Website – Gender Medicine, FB –CentraCare , IG – @centracare_mn)
Gender Medicine offers hormone therapy and gender affirming surgeries. Other avaiable services include primary care, sexual health, testing, treatment and prevention of HIV/STIs including PrEP.
Payment Options: Centra Care LGBTQ+ Health accepts insurance and financial sssistance is available, check the link for eligibility pricing and financial assistance.
CentraCare is a health care network that spans central Minnesota check this link for locations.
Age limits are not obvious but appear to be for adults, check with the provider for age limits on services.
Mayo Clinic Endocrinology (Website – Transgender and Intersex Specialty Clinic, FB – Mayo Clinic , IG – @mayoclinic)
The Transgender and Intersex Specialty Clinic offers hormone replacement therapy, masculizing and feminizing top surgeries, feminizing facial surgery, other feminizing and masculizing surgeries, and voice therapy.
Payment Options: Mayo Clinic accepts many insurance providers and financial assistance is available, charitable care and financial assitance, if needed. Click the links for more information.
The Mayo Clinic is located in Rochester (and sites in other state like Phoenix and Scottsdale, Az and Jacksonville, Fl)
No age limits are given, but services appear intended for adults, contact the provider for more information on age limits for services.
Semac Clinic (Website – Transgender Health, FB –Semac, IG – @semac)
Semac clinic has gender-affirming hormone therapy for ages 18-63. Other available services include regular exams for sexual and reproductive health like PAP smear and pelvic exams, STI/HIV preventative education testing and treatment, pregnancy tests, HPV vaccine, contraception and referrals to specialists.
Payment Options: Semac works with several insurance providers, check with your insurance provider before your appointment to confirm they work with Semac. financial assistance programs are also available, click the link for more information.
Semac serves various locations in Southeastern Minnesota, for services at each location check the guide.
Hormone therapy is limited to ages 18-63.
M Health Fairview (Website – Gender Care, FB – M Health Fairview, IG – @mhealthfairview)
Gender Care at M Health Fairview offers primary care, hormone therapy, feminizing and masculizing gender confirmation surgeries as well as speech therapy.
Payment Options: M Health Fairview accepts insurance and has financial counselors available to help patients who need additional financial help, are uninsured and/or may qualify for community care programs. Click the link Bill Pay and Financial Services for more information.
Gender Care is offered at a number of locations in metro Minneapolis .
No age limits are given, but services at the above website seem intended for adults. For children puberty blockers may be available through University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, click the link for more information on puberty blockers.
Health Partners Park Nicollet (Website – Gender – Transgender Service, FB – HealthPartnersMN, IG – @healthpartners)
Transgender Services offers at Health Partners offers hormone therapy to the transgender, nonbinary and agender individual, as well as primary & wellness care, reproductive prevention and preserevation, family planning, hysterectomies, pediatric referrals for endocrinology, surgical referrals and voice therapy.
Payment Options: Health Partners accept insurance and medicare and also has a financial assistance program if needed. Click the links for more information.
Transgender Services at Park Nicollet is in Minneapolis
Park Nicollet serves adults, but referrals for pedicatric endocrinology are available.
University of Minnesota, Program in Human Sexuality (Website – Transgender Health Services, FB – Program in Human Sexuality, IG – @phs_umn)
Transgender Health Services offers hormone replacement therapy and a whole lot of group therapy and psychological services.
Payment Options: The Center for Sexual Health accepts insurance and has financial counselors available to help patients who need additional financial help, are uninsured and/or may qualify for community care programs. Click the link billing and financial resources for more information.
Transgender health services is located in Minneapolis and offers telemedicine.
At the Center for Sexual Health, Transgender Health Services has programs for children, Gender Creative Children and Adolescents, young adults, Young Adult Gender Services and adults, Adult Gender Services.
Essential Health (Website – Transgender Care, FB – Essential Health , IG – @none)
Transgender Care offers primary care, hormone replacement therapy (adult and pediatric endocrinology), breast removal (chest masculization) and breast augmentation (feminitization) and referrals to other specialties including gynecology and urology.
Payment Options: Essential Health accepts many insurance plans and financial assistance is available, check the links for more information.
Transgender Care at Essential Health is located in Duluth and other facilities check the link for locations.
Most services appear to be for adults, pediatric endocrinology is available so it is assumed that hormone therapy is avaiable to adolescents.
Family Tree Clinic (Website – Transgender Health Services, FB – Family Tree Clinic , IG – @familytreeclinic)
Trangender Health Services offers hormone therapy and puberty blockers as well as many affirming services for trans, gender non-conforming and LGBTQ affirming services sexual and reproductive health testing and prevention of HIV, including, PrEP, comprehensive infection testing and treatment including confidential STI, gynecological care, testicular exams, breast exams, many general health care services, birth control, including hormone compatible birth control.
Payment Options: Family Tree Clinic accepts may insurance plans, can help set up payment plans and won’t turn away patients for inability to pay for services, click the link paying for services for more information.
Trangender Health Services at the Family Tree Clinic are in St. Paul and telehealth is also available.
Family Tree Clinic serves adult and pediatric patients.
North Memorial Health (Website – Total Transgender Health, FB – North Memorial Health IG – @northmemorial)
Total Transgender Health offers hormone therapy and puberty blockers (Prevention and treatment for HIV/AIDS, STD’s travel related infections and other complex infections. Referrals for surgicals and other services.
Payment Options: North Memorial Health accepts many insurance plans and has a financial assistance program, click the links for more information.
Total Transgender Health has locations in Brooklyn Center and Maple Grove.
All ages are welcome.
Children’s Minnesota (Website – Gender Health Program FB – Children’s Minnesota, IG – @childrensmn)
Gender Health Services offers puberty blockers, hormone therapy, menstrual suppression, fertility preservation, integrative health care an integration of other subspecialties as needed.
Payment Options: Children’s Minnesota accepts insurance and has financial counseling and assistance , click the link for more information
The Gender Health Program is in Minneapolis
This program is for children and adolescents.
Planned Parenthood of Minnesota has (18) health centers that are part of (1) organization, Planned Parenthood of the North Central States (PPNCS) (Website – PPNCS, FB – Planned Parenthood North Central States, IG – @ppnorthcentralstates)
Many of the Planned Parenthood Health Centers in Minnesota offer Transgender Hormone Therapy. Other available services include birth control, sexualt health and prevention, testing and treatment for HIV/STI’s. For these services be sure to search for LGBTQ Services at the Planned Parenthood website for the Planned Parenthood location nearest to you.
Payment Options: Many PP Health Centers accept insurance and offer financial help, check on the websites and with the center for details .
The (18) PPNCS Health Centers in Minnesota are located in Alexandria, Apple Valley, Bemidji, Brooklyn Park, Duluth, Eden Prairie, Grand Rapids, Mankato, Minneapolis, Moorhead, Richfield, Rochester, St. Cloud, St. Paul – Vadalia, St Paul – Rice Street, Virginia, Willmar and Woodbury, and they’ve expanded their Telehealth to include hormone therapy.
The service is intended for adults 18+, but some PP Health Centers offer service to patients 16 to 17 andyou may be able to get HRT with parental consent and additional paperwork, check with the Health Center.
VA Health Care for LGBTQ Veterans in Minnesota has 2 organizations (Websites – Minneapolis VA Health Care System and St. Cloud Health Care System, 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.
Payment Options: VA Health Care is offered free of charge to veterans. Veterans may have some copays.
Minneapolis VA Health Care System has (1) medical center in Minneapolis and (15) associated clinics with (12) clinics located in Minnesota in Albert Lea, Chippewa, Ely, Fort Snelling, Hibbing, Mankato, Maplewood, Minneapolis, Ramsey, Shakopee, Rochester and St. James and (3) clinics located in Wisconsin in Hayward, Rice Lake and Superior.
St. Cloud VA Health Care System has (1) medical center in St. Cloud and (3) associated clinics in Brainerd, Alexandria, and Montevideo.
LGBT Veteran Care is for U.S. veterans.
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.