12 Feb Health Care Resources in Mississippi and Kansas City, MO
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-conforming 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.
Today we are covering Mississippi and also the Kansas City area of Missouri. Missouri has a bunch of resources so we’ll do the rest of Missouri resources next week. However, I feel obligated to mention that Mississippi is VERY WEAK on services related to medical transitioning.
Also, I want to mention, that although Missouri appears to have more services, the providers appear to be VERY reluctant to be specific, which does not set a welcoming tone! The focus for pediatric care is sometimes aimed specifically at parents and while parents are so important in the process and helping their children think through transitioning, the children are the transitioning patients and shouldn’t be ignored as services are discussed.
Tone is important if providers want to communicate a welcoming and trustworthy atmosphere!
Many resources are, to their credit, creating comfortable places for routine and proactive health maintenance as well as interventionary health care. We will try to highlight what is offered in each case.
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This week we are listing resources for Mississippi and the Kansas City area of Missouri.
The TEAM Clinic (which stands for Trustworthy, Evidence-based, Affirming and Multidisciplinary) is affiliated with the University of Mississippi Medical Center and provides holistic and patient-centered health care for the LGBTQ community. They offer hormone therapy (and other gender affirming care), primary care, and HIV/STD screening and treatment.
Payment options are not obvious
TEAM Clinic is located in Jackson.
No age limits are given, check with the TEAM Clinic.
Open Arms Health Care Center offers primary care, preventative care, sexual and reproductive health care, and many other services. There were no obvious options for hormone therapy or other trans specific services for gender transition.
No obvious payment options, various locations, check website on how to contact providers for appointments.
No obvious age limits, check with providers.
The Campaign for Southern Equality put together a Guide Book for resources and services including health care in southern states. Click the Guide Book link about and scroll to p 31 for a few resources on primary care and HIV/STD screening and treatment for trans people. There were no additional resources listing hormone replacement or other trans specific health care other than those listed above.
Check with providers for payment options, locations and age limitations.
Kansas City Area, Missouri
This program is for gender variant children. It appears focused on understanding whether the child is trans but an endocrinologist is available. The website states that the endocrinologist will recommend blood work to look for biologic changes that may contribute to feelings of transgender – as a chemist, I’m not sure what this means or what molecular markers these would be. But treatment is available if needed and includes discussing puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones at appropriate ages (appropriate ages is not defined).
There is also help to guide parents who desire gender confirmation surgery to appropriate surgeons, so the focus here seems to be firmly on parental needs and desires.
No obvious financial assistance.
Gender Pathway Services is in Kansas City.
This program is for parents and their children and adolescents.
The Transgender Clinic is here to provide hormone therapy and connect patients with resources for primary care, gender affirming surgeries, contraceptive resources and hysterectomies.
No obvious payment options
The Transgender Clinic has four locations in Kansas City
Age limits are not stated, but assume these services are for 18+ and check with the locations.
LGBTQ Patient-Centered Care provides a list of LGBTQ Sensitive Providers. Primary care and endocrinologists are mentions so assuming hormone therapy and basic medical services are available.
Check with providers for payment options, locations and any age limitations for services.
Since the service is affiliated with Truman Medical Center, assume services are in the Kansas City area.
The Transgender Institute does not offer medical services, but their list of coaching and mentoring services is extensive, so they are included for consideration. They are affiliated with a gender affirming surgery group
The Transgenders Institute is in Kansas City.
The institute serves children, adolescents, and adults.