LGBTQ+ HEALTH CARE - Access Health Louisiana

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    Access Health Louisiana is dedicated to providing the best health care and a safe environment to all of our patients regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. We recognize that the LGBTQ+ community has historically been underserved, and we strive to provide competent, compassionate, and individualized care to all of our patients in the LGBTQ+ community.

The RAINBOW© Model was developed by Access Health Louisiana’s Dr. Jonathan Chandler. This model was developed as a framework for everyone, especially healthcare providers, to become a multicultural advocate. Dr. Jon Chandler believes this can be accomplished by examining your own stigmas and privileges. Using the R.A.I.N.B.O.W. as an acronym, each letter represents a category in which a person can be stigmatized and/or privileged. Only by going through the process of learning about, accepting, and finally owning your privileges (and stigmas,) may you seek to change them.

Race: ethnicity, culture, skin tone.

Age: generational influences.

Inherent: & acquired Disorders, Disabilities & Diseases.

Nationality: indigenous heritage, legal status.

Beliefs: systems, religious, spiritual, political.

Orientation: Dr. CHANDLER’s Complete Sexuality Identity Chart©.

Work and Wages: education, income & career level.

After owning and working to change your stigmas and privileges, you are ready to discover your patient’s RAINBOW©, then, compare it to yours. Discover Your RAINBOW© today!

 

 

Our Health Services

HIV and STI Services Behavioral Health LGBTQ+ Youth Transgender Healthcare Multidisciplinary

HIV and STI Services

Free HIV Home Test KitsLGBTQ+ individuals, they have a higher rates of HIV, STIs and HPV, which can lead to an increased risk for certain types of cancers.

Access Health Louisiana provides a safe, culturally competent, and welcoming environment where you can get the high quality STI and HIV care you deserve.

To make an appointment at the Pythian Clinic for HIV or STI care please call (504) 226-2976

For  information on filling a PEP/PrEP prescription, contact the Access Health Louisiana Pharmacy.

To request a free Home HIV test visit our webpage found here. 

HIV and STI Services Include:

 

  • HIV PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis)
  • PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis)
  • HIV care and testing
  • STD care and testing

Behavioral Health

LGBTQ+ individuals are at elevated risk for mental health struggles and issues such as anxiety, depression, substance use problems and suicide. Access Health Louisiana has multiple behavioral health providers who specialize in caring for LGBTQ+ individuals and providing culturally competent, high quality mental health support.

To make an appointment with one of our behavioral health providers please call 1-866-530-6111

LGBTQ+ Youth

With safe and supportive school and home environments, most LGBTQ+ youth have happy and fulfilling adolescent years. However, many youth with diverse sexual and gender identities face barriers to receiving the same safety and support as their peers. We know that the health needs of LGBTQ+ youth can differ from that of their peers. Topics regarding sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender identity can be difficult for youth and their families to discuss openly. Children and adolescents who are or are questioning whether they may be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender are at much greater risk of physical and mental health issues. For these and many other reasons, both physical and behavioral health care are essential for LGBTQ+ youth and their families.

Services for LGBTQ+ Youth:

  • Behavioral health services
  • Specialty care
  • STD/HIV testing and treatment

 

If you or your child is struggling with thoughts of harming themselves please call the Trevor Project crisis line at 1-(866)-488-7386

Support for LGBTQ+ Youth is available 24/7 via phone or on their website. Click here to view the Trevor Project support page.

Transgender Healthcare

Access to quality health care and multilevel approaches to care have often been a challenge for transgender individuals who, like everybody else, deserve culturally competent, high-quality, compassionate care. Fear of discrimination and previous experiences of discrimination can prevent people of trans experience from seeking out and accessing health care. Access Health Louisiana strives to provide a safe healthcare environment that is actively fighting stigma within our network. Along with the health problems faced by the entire population, this community is also at increased risk for certain medical and mental health conditions.

Services for People of Trans Experience:

  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
    • Initiation, maintenance, and surveillance of cross-sex hormones.
  • Referral to surgical services
    • Referrals to outside providers who perform gender confirmation procedures.
  • Behavioral Health
    • Diagnosis of gender dysphoria, treatment and management of other comorbid conditions (depression, anxiety, PTSD), management of substance abuse problems.
  • Obesity services
    • Multidisciplinary approaches to weight loss and maintenance, referral to bariatric medicine.

 

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts please call the Trans Lifeline at (877) 565-8860. This hotline is staffed by people of trans experience and dedicated to the trans community.

Hotline Hours: 10am – 4am

If you or someone you know is in need of immediate assistance outside of those hours please call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255

Multidisciplinary

Jeffery VeZain is one of Access Health Louisiana’s providers who works closely with our LGBTQ+ patients. He focuses on teaching how to protect yourself from loved ones before coming out to parents and friends. Below are some of the points of non-clinical advice he likes to discuss with patients.

How to protect valuable/sensitive information on phone

Back up your phone to iCloud or other backup device incase your phone is taken or turned off leaving you with no access to important numbers or passwords needed for social network profiles, work and bank account.

Create a new 6 digit passcode on the phone that no one knows, so that if phone is taken no one can get into private/sensitive information. The phone may still be your parents property so they may ask for you to clear the phone so that they can sell the phone though the passcode will keep them from getting to your private information and changing it or using the information as leverage. Even the people at the apple store will not be able to unlock the phone without the passcode.

How to protect money and credit score

Get parents off bank accounts. Parents with access to your accounts can take all the money out and there is nothing you can do because they legally had access to it. Parents can use this to limit your financial independence and use it as leverage.

If parents are helping you build credit by opening a credit card in your name but using it and paying the bills on time to build credit, make sure to gain access to that card to ensure that the parents do not run up the bill and then not pay which can affect your credit. Credit is an important part of becoming financially independent and a low credit score can hurt you. Which will result in higher interest rates for student loans, car and house loans. This takes years to correct.

Health insurance.

Being part of the LGBTQ+ community does come with increased health risk. You are still a person that will get sick and need medical care from time to time. So, making sure you have health insurance to cover the cost is very important.

If you are under 26 years old and your parents cover your insurance, they can also take you off their insurance plan. If parents kick you off their health insurance and you do not make enough money to afford private health insurance, you will need to look into Medicaid for coverage. If your parents still claim you on their taxes this may effect your eligibility.

Usually, if your job offers health insurance, you can enroll for health insurance due to losing insurance through your parents. Though the reality of health insurance companies, is they can be a real pain and not very helpful.

If you are not able to get health coverage please call Access Health Louisiana we are a Federally Qualified Health Center than take uninsured patients and can provide care for low cost.


Our Health Providers

Deanna Blanchard, M.D.


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Jonathan Chandler, PsyD, MP


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Nichole Love-Grove, M.D.


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Randalla Reynolds, NP


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Xiaoyun Shang, MD


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Yoktomyra Williams-Singleton, LPC


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Jerry Stallings, FNP


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Allison Thornhill, FNP


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