H+H Launches LGBTQ Center at Jacobi Hospital
Jacobi Pride Health Center joins other LGBTQ health hubs at H+H locations
BY TAT BELLAMY-WALKER
NYC Health + Hospitals
held a rainbow ribboncutting
October 15 to commence
the opening of the Jacobi
Pride Health Center in the Bronx.
The Jacobi Pride Health Center
will be housed within building
eight on the fi rst fl oor of Jacobi
Hospital at 1400 Pelham Parkway
in the South Bronx. The center will
provide patients across the LGBTQ
spectrum with LGBTQ-competent
services, including primary healthcare,
reproductive and family planning
services, HIV and STI testing,
mental health support, and access
to PrEP as well as gender-affi rming
hormone therapy, offi cials said.
NYC Health + Hospitals Chief Diversity
Officer Matilde Roman said the
center aims to provide “culturally sensitive”
care for the LGBTQ community.
NYC Health + Hospitals opens Jacobi Pride Health Center for LGBTQ patients in the Bronx.
“This group of patients has been
excluded from competent care for
far too long, and we recognize our
responsibility to make sure to provide
a welcoming environment that
NYC HEALTH HOSPITALS
affi rms their right to receive expert
care they need most,” Roman said
in a written statement.
City Councilmember Kevin C. Riley
of the Bronx believes this could
help close gaps in health care.
“Ensuring every member of our
community has access to proper
healthcare should no longer be
optional,” Riley said in a written
statement. “This new center paves
the way to uphold equity in our
medical system and advocate for
human rights by providing safe
and accessible health resources for
the LGBTQ community.”
Earlier this year, a Williams Institute
report revealed that 71 percent
of Black queer adults said they were
“out” as LGBTQ to their healthcare
providers. However, others chose to
conceal their LGBTQ status due to
fears of discrimination. Among this
group, Black transgender respondents
said they were more likely to
hide their gender identity because
of rampant transphobia.
The Pride Health Center is open
on Thursdays afternoons from
1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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