LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care

Our center is among those preparing to celebrate LGBT Health Awareness Week, happening from March 23rd to 29th. In addition to thinking broadly about health equity for our community, we also encourage you to consider your own individual health and well-being.

Health and well-being are different for every person but here’s a good place to start: do you have a primary care provider? Having a primary care provider is important even if one is generally in good health. Your primary care provider will be your go-to when you’re not feeling well and your guide on good preventive care, such as an annual physical exam. They will help you understand what tests and screenings you should have every year and why those are important for your overall health.

Another area that is important for our overall wellness is oral health, yet sometimes we forget to make that appointment with the dentist until something is wrong. In fact, most dentists recommend having our teeth professionally cleaned every six months. Keeping that appointment is good preventive care and beneficial to our overall health. Your bi-annual appointment to have your teeth cleaned is also a good opportunity to have them examined to see if you have any other issues of concern.

Primary care and dental care are available here at Chase Brexton and we want to be your health care team. We know from credible research that one in five LGBTQ adults have avoided seeking medical care for fear of discrimination. If you are one of those people, please reach out to our team at 410-837-2050 x1049, or by emailing lgbt@chasebrexton.org. We can help.

During LGBT Health Awareness Week, we should also be thinking about how we look out for each other. I’m learning so much lately about the health crises that can arise out of social isolation. When is the last time you reached out to someone you haven’t seen in a while? Or picked up the phone for a chat versus a text or e-mail? I may be able to convince someone I’m doing okay via text, but it’s not as easy to edit the sound of my voice on a phone call. There is a small group of people for whom I will always pick up the phone. You are in that small circle for someone, and they need to hear from you.

On March 7th, our LGBT Health Equity Training team presented our annual professional development symposium. Nearly 100 health care providers attended to learn the best practices in gender-affirming care. We know it’s a challenge to find providers who have the skills and knowledge required to provide welcoming and affirming care for our transgender and non-binary patients. We’re very proud to continue to educate and train on these topics, as well as offer that same affirming care here at our center.

During LGBT Health Awareness Week and throughout the year, our dedicated staff at the LGBT Health Resource Center want to help you live your healthiest, happiest life.