Healthcare support and advocacy for LGBTQ Iowans

Healthcare Access

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Desparities in healthcare access put LGBTQ lives at risk, with access for transgender Iowans being particularly dire. One Iowa aims to eliminate these barriers by educating healthcare providers, connecting LGBTQ Iowans to inclusive resources, and pushing for health policy reform that improves access for our community.

Resources & Training

2018 LGBTQ Health in Iowa Study

One Iowa teamed up with the University of Iowa College of Public Health, Des Moines University, and the Iowa Cancer Consortium to collect detailed information about the Iowa LGBTQ community’s health status and needs. This research will guide future advocacy and program efforts.

View the report

LGBTQ Healthcare Inclusivity Training 

Training and Policy Guidance: We provide specialized LGBTQ inclusivity training and policy guidance for healthcare professionals. Learn more about our offerings.

Explore our LGBTQ training options

LGBTQ Health and Wellness Conference 

One Iowa co-hosts an LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference with Des Moines University each year to bring healthcare providers and LGBTQ community members together to connect and learn. Healthcare providers gain valuable knowledge about best practices for serving LGBTQ folks and have the chance to meet and build trust with LGBTQ individuals. LGBTQ community members have the chance to learn more about LGBTQ-inclusive healthcare resources in their area, gain system navigation knowledge, and develop relationships with healthcare providers.

Register for the 2022 Health & Wellness Conference

Patient Navigation

One Iowa Program Coordinator Max Mowitz provides on-site patient navigation services at UnityPoint Health – Des Moines’ LGBTQ clinic. Max is a trained community health worker (CHW) and can also provide remote support to LGBTQ Iowans navigating the healthcare system.

Looking for an LGBTQ-inclusive provider? One Iowa Program Coordinator Max Mowitz can help you find one in your area.

Email Max for patient navigation help

LGBTQ Inclusive Cancer Screenings 

One Iowa partners with the Iowa Department of Public Health to connect eligible LGBTQ Iowans, particularly older queer women, and transgender individuals, to their Care For Yourself cancer screening program. Learn more about the Care For Yourself program.

Learn more about cancer screenings

HIV decriminalization

Iowa was the first state in the nation to reform its HIV criminalization statute in 2014. We were proud to work with Community HIV/Hepatitis Advocates of Iowa Network (CHAIN) and additional HIV advocacy groups to achieve this important milestone. Visit the One Iowa Action website to learn more about our current HIV policy work.

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Emily Brown

Partnering with One Iowa and bringing their leadership and expertise to the table to work alongside our Executive Leadership team allowed UnityPoint Health to begin providing frequent and regular LGBTQ education for teams across the system… The impact the partnership with One Iowa has had will live on for decades to come.

  • Emily Brown
  • UnityPoint Health