One Iowa to Release LGBTQ Health Resource List at 5th Annual LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference
One Iowa, the state’s leading LGBTQ advocacy organization, will release the first iteration of its LGBTQ Health Resource List on Saturday, April 29 at the 5th Annual LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference at Des Moines University’s Student Education Center. One Iowa surveyed health care providers throughout the state via email and phone, asking them about their nondiscrimination policies, intake forms, staff training programs and more. Providers’ self-attested responses to the survey are documented in this list to help LGBTQ Iowans find a provider in their area that fits their needs. One Iowa will host the list on its website.
The first iteration of this list includes over 80 primary care providers, urgent care clinics, hospitals, dentists and other health care providers across Iowa. One Iowa will continue reaching out to providers to both build the list and provide guidance and training to health care providers.
“Many LGBTQ Iowans struggle to access inclusive health care,” One Iowa Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel said. “One Iowa is dedicated to ensuring LGBTQ Iowans receive the health care they need by helping health care providers create safe and welcoming environments for the LGBTQ community. We hope this resource will not only help LGBTQ Iowans find inclusive providers, but inspire providers to take the steps necessary to affirm their LGBTQ patients. We’re excited to release it at our 5th Annual LGBTQ Health & Wellness conference as we work with our presenting partners to cultivate Iowa’s LGBTQ health care landscape in the face of a new political reality for our community.”
The 5th Annual LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference is hosted by One Iowa, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Des Moines University and the Iowa Department of Public Health. Conference attendees will receive education and resources on the health needs of the LGBTQ community through interactive workshops and keynote speakers, including University of Iowa Health Care LGBTQ clinic developer and co-director Dr. Katie Imborek. The conference will also provide ample networking opportunities for both health professionals and the general public. A tentative agenda may be found here.