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Health Care Resources in Rhode Island

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Health Care Resources in Rhode Island

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 covering resources in Rhode Island  Rhode Island has a ton of resources for transgender, nonconforming, non-binary, gender queer and LGBTQ+ communities.  Many resources across the country 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 Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Thundermist Health Center (Website – Trans*Health Access, FB –  Thundermist Health Center, IG – @thundermisthc)

The Trans* Health Access team is a group of medical, behavioral health, and allied service professionals working to improve access to culturally and clinically competent healthcare for the trans* community and offers medical, dental, and behavioral health care including hormonne therapy.

Thundermist has a sliding scale discount program.

Thundermist has three locations, check with the provider to find out which is best for your needs.

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

Lifespan Health (Website –  Adult Transgender and Sexual Behavioral Health Program, FB – Lifespan – A Health System, IG – @LifespanHealth)

Adult Transgender and Sexual Behavi0ral Health Program offers hormone therapy and a variety of behavioral services.

Payment options are not obvious, check with the provider

Adult Transgender and Sexual Behavioral Programs are located in Providence and East Providence.

Age limits for services are not obvious, these services appear to be oriented to adults, but call with any quesitons on age limitations.  Lifespan offers options for children and adolescents, see below.      

Lifespan Health and Hasbro Children’s Hospital (Website – Gender and Sexual Health Services  and Adolescent Medicine  FB – Lifespan – A Health System and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, IG – @LifespanHealth and @hasbrochildrenshospital.org)

Gender and Sexual Health Services provides the following  gender affirming medical services –  assessment of medical readiness for hormone therapy and puberty suppression, followed by gender confirmation care and referrals for specialty care like gender affirming surgeons and community resources.  The Adolescent Medicine program offers primary care and sexual health (including gynecological care) and contraception.  This program partners with the Gender and Sexual Health Services for transition medicine.

Payment options are not obvious, check with the providers.

Many of the services for Gender and Sexual Health and Adolescent medicine are offered at Hasbro Childrens Hospital which has many locations and Lifespan Health which aslo has many locations.  These providers are centered in Providence, but check with the providers to find out if there are service locations that are more convenient for you.

These services are intended for children and adolescents, check with the provider for exact age cut-offs for the two programs.     

The University of Rhode Island, Health Services (Website – Transgender Health, FB – The University of Rhode Island Health Services, IG – @urihealthsvcs

Transgender Health offers comprehensive, multidisciplinary services including referrals to a provider for hormone therapy and assistance with instruction and injection for hormone therapy and referrals for gender-affirming surgeries.  Other services include primary care, gynecologic care, including pelvice exams and cervical cancer screening, sexual health, and wellness services.

Transgender Health services are for full-time students and part-time students who’ve paid the health services fee.  Most services are fully covered by health care but there can ge copays or fees for services not covered by the health services fee or other insurance programs.

Transgender Health is located on campus at Health Services in Kingston.

Transgender Health services are for full-time students and part-time students who’ve paid the health services fee.

Open Door Health (WebsiteGender Affirming Care, FBOpen Door Health , IG – @odhpvd)

Gender Affirming Care service at Open Door Health includes hormone therapy, and referrals for gender-confirmation surgery. Open Door Health also offers primary care contraception options and sexual health, including STI testing and treatment, HIV testing, preventions e.g PrEP, and care, walk-in express testing for STI/HIV available.

Payment options are not obvious.

Open Door Health is located in Providence and has telemedicine options.

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

Brown Alpert Medical School (WebsiteGender Clinic @ CNE Primary Care, FB – Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University, IG – @BrownMedicine)

The Gender Clinic @ CNE Primary Care offers hormone therapy, primary care, and family planning.

Payment options are not obvious.

The Gender Clinic @ CNE Primary Care is in Pawtucket.

Primary care is open to all ages check with the provider for age limits on other services.

Brown University, LGBTQ Center (Website – Trans Health Care, FB – Brown University , IG – @BrownUniversity)

Students and Staff can get primary health care at the LGBTQ center and referrals for many other services in the community like hormone therapy, and gender confirmaiton surgery.  The LGBTQ center recomments Thundermist Isee above) as a resource for speicalty care and also suggests checking with the TGI Network of Rhode Island (see below) for other specialty health care providers.

The Brown University student health insurance plan available to all students covers many gender affirmation surgery, counseling, and hormones.  Insurance plans can change over time so for the most up-to-date information about coverage for your specific needs please contact the Brown Health Insurance office directly.

The Brown University staff health insurance plans, Blue Cross Blue Sheild of RI and United Healthcare, cover many types of gender affirmation surgery, counseling, and hormones.  Iinformation about different insurance plans for staff is available on the Brown Human Resources Insurance Website.

The LGBTQ Center and Health Services are both located on Brown University Campus in Providence.

Trans Health Care at the LGBTQ Center at Brown University provides services to students and staff.

Providence VA Medical Center (WebsiteLesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Veteran Care, 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 VA has a medical center in Providence, RI and a clinic in Middleton RI, Hyannis, MA and New Bedford, MA.

LGBT Veteran Care is for U.S. veterans.

TGI Network of Rhode Island (Website  – Trans* Health Referral Guide, FBTGI Network, IG – @TGINewtwork)

TGI Network of Rhode Island is an advocacy, education and support group for Trans* and gender variant individuals in Rhode Island.  As part of the Trans* Health Initiative, they provide the Trans* Health Referral Guide (link above) to aid in identifying medical providers and services for the Trans* community.

For payment options, locations and age limitations for services, contact individual providers.   

Youth Pride (Website  – Medical Health Providers, FBYouth Pride, IG – @youthprideri)

Youth Pride, Inc. is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of youth and young adults impacted by sexual orientation  and gender identity/expression while working to end the homophobic and transphobic environments in which they live, work and play.  Youth Pride Inc. is here to advocate for the policy needs of LGBTQQ youth and to foster self-advocacy among the youth that we serve. This includes everything from testifying at the statehouse and attending rallies to addressing the needs of youth in schools or in out of home care.  As part of their mission they collated a list of Medical Health Providers (link above) for LGBTQQ youth in Rhode Island.

For payment options, locations and age limitations for services, contact individual providers. 

 PFLAG Providence (Website  – PFLAG Greater Providence, FBPFLAG Greater Providence, IG – @PFLAG Greater Providence)

PFLAG provides both the Trans* Health Referral Guide from TGI Network of Rhode Island and Medical Health Providers from Youth Pride.  PFLAG is included because they may have other helpful resource on their website.

For payment options, locations and age limitations for services, contact individual providers.