Jacobi Hospital opens new pride center for LGBTQ patients

The center will provide LGBTQ-affirming care for a variety of services, including primary care, obstetrics and gynecology, family planning services, behavioral health, hormone therapy, HIV and sexually transmitted infection testing, PrEP and more.

Bronx, New York

NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi today announced the opening of its new comprehensive Pride Health Center. The Center will serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) patients while receiving high-quality, culturally competent, and respectful care in the hospital’s state-of-the-art facilities. The new Pride Health Center will provide LGBTQ-affirming care for a variety of services, including primary care, adolescent care, OB/GYN, family planning services, behavioral health, dental services, vision, hormone therapy, STI testing sex and HIV. and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and more. Social work support will also be available to patients to help with continuity of care.

“Each Pride Health Center our public health system opens demonstrates our level of commitment to ensuring that all New Yorkers have access to respectful and culturally sensitive health care,” he said. NYC Health + Hospitals Chief Diversity Officer Matilde Roman, Esq. “This group of patients has been excluded from competent care for far too long, and we recognize our responsibility to ensure we provide a welcoming environment that affirms their right to receive the expert care they need most.”

“We treat all who seek care at Jacobi with respect and affirm who they are,” he said. Christopher Mastromano, CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi. “It is well documented that our LGBTQ community faces barriers when trying to access health care and we are committed, at Jacobi and throughout our NYC Health + Hospitals System, to breaking down those barriers.”

The Pride Health Center at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi is located inside Building 8 on the first floor (1D). The Center will hold sessions on Thursday afternoons from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm and will have a cadre of dedicated full-time providers who are supported by a team of nurses, administrators and patient care associates. In addition to Center hours, LGBTQ affirming care is available 24/7 at Jacobi through the Ambulatory and Emergency Care Departments.

This is the latest in a long history of services that NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi has done over the years to provide care for the LGBTQ community. Jacobi pioneered the nation’s first HIV/AIDS daycare center in the 1980s. In 2018, the hospital was recognized by the Human Rights Campaign as a “LGBTQ Healthcare Equity Leader” and in 2019 opened a “health and empowerment center” for sexual health services. This year also marked the fifth annual LGBTQ pride event at Jacobi.

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“Congratulations to NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi on the opening of the new Pride Health Center! It is all too common for our LGBTQ+ family and community members to experience discrimination and barriers to essential health services. They deserve access to care that affirms and supports their physical and mental health needs. Thank you to the hospital staff and administration for taking this step toward health equity,” he said. United States Representative Jamaal Bowman.

“If we believe that access to health care is a human right, we must address the inequities within our health care system that often prevent LGBTQ+ communities from receiving adequate care. The creation of the Pride Health Center will remove systemic barriers and ensure that all New Yorkers, regardless of their gender and sexual identity, receive the affirmative and competent care they deserve. I commend NYC Health + Hospitals and Jacobi for ensuring that the LGBTQ+ community receives the high-quality, culturally competent, and comprehensive health care to which they are entitled,” he said. State Senator Alessandra Biaggi.

“The LGBTQ community disproportionately faces barriers to accessing culturally competent health care. This expansion is a critical step in addressing health disparities affecting LGBTQ New Yorkers and increasing access to quality, culturally sensitive health and human services and health and human services in our communities. I want to thank NYC Health + Hospitals for bringing this important resource to the Bronx, their continued commitment to providing dedicated care for LGBTQ New Yorkers, and ensuring our public health system is inclusive of the needs of all New Yorkers,” he said. State Senator Jamaal T. Bailey.

“For too long, the LGBTQ community has faced many obstacles when trying to access health care,” he said. Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez. “The opening of the Pride Health Center in Jacobi is a great example of our community’s commitment to putting the healthcare needs of our LGBTQ community first. I am proud that this center is opening in Jacobi, in the heart of my Assembly District.”

“I congratulate NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi for launching their Pride Health Center. Our Bronx LGBTQ community deserves quality health care that affirms who they are, and I am pleased that Jacobi is committed to providing such care in a culturally competent manner,” he said. Assemblyman Michael Benedetto.

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“I am delighted to see investments being made in the East Bronx for our LGBTQIA+ community,” he said. Assemblywoman Karines Reyes. “The new Pride Health Center at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi will offer LGBTQIA affirming care and provide access to key services to LGBTQIA+ patients. I am grateful for this critical expansion that promotes equity in the outer districts, which have been neglected for too long. I look forward to the role Pride Health Center will play in establishing trust and building community in the future.”

“Jacobi has always been synonymous with providing superior quality care to the people of the Bronx. The opening of the new Pride Health Center in Jacobi will go a long way toward addressing the specific needs of the LGBTQ+ community by providing culturally sensitive services for a community that too often struggles to access quality, affordable health care,” he said. Councilman Mark Gjonaj.

“The opening of NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi Pride Health Center is a great achievement for the Bronx,” said Councilman Kevin C. Riley. “Ensuring that everyone in our community has access to appropriate health care should no longer be optional. This new center paves the way for maintaining fairness in our medical system and advocating for human rights by providing safe and accessible health resources for the LGBTQ community.”

“As of 2009, the Bronx continues to rank last among New York State’s 62 counties for health outcomes according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings report. Today I congratulate NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi for working to change these statistics by opening their new Pride Health Center for LGBTQ+ patients. This is a vital step in addressing the historic health disparities facing our county. I look forward to working with institutions like NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi to bring much-needed resources to our shared communities,” he said. Councilman Oswald Happy.

NYC Health + Hospitals has long been a leader in the care of LGBTQ patients and continues its commitment to providing staff with specialized trainings to ensure that LGBTQ patients seeking care anywhere in the health system receive responsive care in a supportive environment. cozy.

NYC Health + Hospitals Pride Health Centers are:

  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
    462 1St. Avenue, New York, NY 10016
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Gouverneur
    227 Madison St., New York, NY 10002
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Judson
    34 Spring St., New York, NY 10012
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan
    1901 1St. Avenue, New York, NY 10029
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull
    760 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11206
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NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln also opened a new comprehensive gender-affirming integrated services practice dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning/queer (LGBTQ) patients in June 2021.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan was the first public hospital to open a dedicated health center for LGBTQ patients and has since expanded health services for transgender patients, including gender-affirming surgeries and increased access to hormone therapy. In addition to Pride Health Centers, NYC Health + Hospitals will continue to serve LGBTQ youth through its Bridge Program at NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Judson Health Center, which offers a one-stop shop for adolescent medical and mental health . services and other support services, with specialized expertise in serving this audience.

For more information about any of the Pride Health Centers at NYC Health + Hospitals or to schedule an appointment, call 844-NYC-4NYC (1-844-692-4692).