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Health Care Resources in Pennsylvania

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Health Care Resources in Pennsylvania

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-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.

This week we are focusing on Pennsylvania, since Pennsylvania has lots of resources.  Many esources are, to their credit, creating  comfortable places for transitional medicine as well as routine proactive health maintenance and 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 covering resources in Pennsylvania, and we divided these into resources outside Philadelphia and inside Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania Resources Outside Philadelphia

Allentown Women’s Center (AWC) (WebsiteTrans Health, FB –  Allentown Women’s Center, IG – @AllentownWomensCenter)

Trans Health at Allentown Women’s Center  offers hormone therapy and also annual physicals including breast exam and pap smear, birth control, and laser hair removal.

AWC accepts insurance and offers limited financial assistance to those who qualify, find additional information at payment options.

AWC is in Bethlehem.

Age limits for services are not obvious, these services appear to be oriented to adults, but call with any quesitons on age limitations. 

Alder Health Services (WebsiteTrans Health, FBAlder Health , IG – @AlderHealth)

The gender affirming medical services include hormone therapy primary care and sexual health, including chest/breast and pelvic health, HIV/STI treatments and testing including PrEP, family planning, and even a food pantry and clothing market.

Payment options are not obvious, check with the provider.

Trans Health at Alder Health Services is in Harrisburg.

Age limits for services are not obvious, these services appear to be oriented to adults, but call with any quesitons on age limitations. 

Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania (Website – Gender Affirming Care, FB – Planned Parenthood , IG – @PlannedParenthood)

PP of Southeastern Pennsylvania offers  hormone therapy, gynecological wellness checks, STI/HIV testing and treatment including PrEP, and birth control.

Birth control and well-women exams are free.  For those who don’t have insurance they may qualify for lower cost options.

PP of Southeastern Pennsylvania has several locations and now offers telehealth for many services including hormone therapy

PP of Southeaster Pennsylvania provides hormone therapy to patients 18+   

UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh  (Website – Gender and Sexual Development Program, FB – UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, IG – @ChlidrensPgh

The Gender and Sexual Development Program is an integrated program that offers  hormone therapy and puberty blockers.

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh has payment options that include finanancial assistance.

UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is in Pittsburgh.

The Gender and Sexual Development Program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh serves children and youth up to age 26.

Allegheny Health Network (Website – Transgender Health Care, FB – Allegheny Health Network , IG – @AHNToday)

Transgender Health Care @ AHN offers medical transition and the assumption is that this is hormone therapy, and a variety of gender confirming surgeries  including breast reduction/ augmentation, chest reconstruction/ masculizaiton, orchiectomy, and hysterectomy.

Payment options besides insurance are not obvious.

AHN has several locations.

Age limits for services are not obvious, these appear to be oriented adults, but call with any quesitons on age limitations.

Papillon Center (Website – Gender Wellness Center, FBThe Equi Institute, IG – @equiinstitute)

The Gender Wellness Center specializes in all aspects of including hormone therapy, gender confirmation surgery, voice therapy, electrolysis, fetility care, etc.  Click the link for a full list ofservices

Payment options are not completely obvious, but if not covered by insurance, Papillon does offer financing and accept credit cards.

The Gender Wellness Center @ Papillon is located in New Hope.

Age limits for services are not obvious, these services appear to be oriented to adults, but call with any quesitons on age limitations.

TransCentral PA (WebsiteHormone Replacement Therapy Resources, FBTransCentral PA, IG – @transcentralpa)

This is an online guide to finding a provider for hormone therapy.

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

 

Pennsylvania Resources Inside Philadelphia

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOPs) (WebsiteGender and Sexuality Development Clinic, FBChildren’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOPs), IG – @ChildrensHospitalofPhiladelphia)

The multi-disciplinary team at The Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic (GSD Clinic) offers psychosocial and medical support for gender variant, gender expansive and transgender children and youth up to age 21 and their families.  The Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic will evaluate pediatric patients for puberty suppression and adolescent patients for gender affirming medical treatment which we assume is hormone therapy.  The cline also provides referrals for gender affirming surgeries.  The clinic’s website has a lot of great resources like insurance advocay, a lending library for books and videos, educations videos and materials on the website, help with advocacy in schools and educational settings and recommendations for local LGBTQ friendly salons and stylists.

They have a great website and organization, check it out.

CHOPs accepts many insurance programs and also has financial assistance, click the link payment options for more information.

The Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic at CHOPs is located in Philadelphia.

The Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic at Chops is for children up to 21 years old and their families. 

Mazzoni Center (Website – Gender Affirming Services, and Pediatric & Adolescent Comprehensive Transgender Services (PACTS), FB – Mazzoni Center, IG – @MazzoniCenter)

Mazzoni Center has a comprehensive set of Gender Affirming Services including hormone therapyprimary medical care  HIV medical careon-site pharmacy, breast/chest health care, GYN services/ cervical cancer screenings (where links are provided, click for more details)

Mazzoni Center  has a specialty program for children and youth, the Pediatric & Adolescent Comprehensive Transgender Services (PACTS).  PACTS is a collaboratie care team that draws on the input and expertise of multiple departments within Mazzoni Center – medical providers, social workers, therapists, and legal staff – to provide the best possible care for clients.  We use an informed consent model, assessing current knowledge and educating the family about treatment options and other medical issues surrounding the social and medical transition process.

Here is a comprehensive list of Mazzoni Center’s Health Care and Prevention Care services.

Mazzoni Center produces the annual Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference, the largest The Largest Free Trans-Specific Conference in the World drawing over some 7,000 participants from around the globe.  The conference is free and offers hundreds of workshops including parent, and activities and spaces for kids and teens.

Payment options are not obvious.

The Mazzoni Center has two locations in Philadelphia.

The Mazzoni Center has services for patients of all ages.  

Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania (Website – Gender Affirming Care, FB – Planned Parenthood , IG – @PlannedParenthood)

PP of Southeastern Pennsylvania offers  hormone therapy, gynecological wellness checks, STI/HIV testing and treatment including PrEP, and birth control.  Birth control and well-women exams are free.  For those who don’t have insurance they may qualify for lower cost options.

PP of Southeastern Pennsylvania has several locations and now offers telehealth for many services including hormone therapy

PP of Southeaster Pennsylvania provides hormone therapy to patients 18+.

Penn Medicine (Website – LGBT Health Program and Transgender Patient Avocate Program  FBPortland State SHAC, IG – @pennmed

It is not clear what services, if any Penn Medicine has for transgender patients, but they hae a Transgender Patient Advocaate Program which will help transgender patients find medical resources.

Payment options will depend on resources identified for the needed services.  Penn Medicine itself does have a financial assistance program.

Penn Medicine has several locations in Philadelphia and a couple of resources outside of Philadelphia and in New Jersey.

Age limits for services are not obvious, these appear to be oriented adults, but call with any quesitons on age limitations.

University of Pennsylvania Student Health Service (Website – Transgender Health, FB – University of Pennsylvania , IG – @UnivPennsylvania)

The Transgender Health program at Student Health Services at the University of Pennsylvania offers multidisciplinary services including gender-affirming hormone therapy, primary care, referrals for gender-affirming services, gynecologic care, and wellness services.

Some gender-affirming services are covered by student health insurance.

Student health services for University of Pennsylvania is located in Philadelphia and also offers telemedicine.

Transgender Health at student health services at University of  Pennsylvania are for students of University of Pennsylvania

Temple Health and Temple University (Website – Gender-Affirmation Hormone Therapy and Trans Health Service, FB – Temple Health , IG – @TempleHealth)

Temple Health offers gender-affirmation hormone therapy.  Temple University has Trans Health Services at the Wellness Resource Center.  The services available at Trans Health Services for students at Temple University are not obvious, but it appears that Trans Health Services is working closely with Mazzoni Center which has very comprehensive services for the transgender, gender nonconforming, nonbinary and LBTQIA communities.

Temple Health accepts insurance and has options for financial assistance, check payment options for more details,  Payment options for student at Temple University are not obvious.

Gender-affirmation hormone therapy is located in Philadelphia.  Trans Health Services at the Wellness Resource Center is located in the Student Center.

Age limits for services at Transgender Health are not obvious, these appear to be oriented adults, but call with any quesitons on age limitations.  Trans Health Services at the Wellnes Resource Center in the Student Center of Temple University is for students of Temple University.