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Miami VA Healthcare System

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Veteran Care

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VHA) is committed to providing quality care to all Veterans including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Veterans. Excellent care has no boundaries.

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Miami VA Healthcare System seeks to promote the health, welfare, and dignity of LGBT Veterans and their families. We are committed to making sensitive and high quality health care accessible. Our policies and practices focus on ensuring a safe, welcoming, and affirmative environment of care for LGBT Veterans. Our employees receive training in clinically competent care that is responsive to the unique needs of LGBT Veterans.

Program Mission

The Miami VA Healthcare System is proud and committed to serve Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Veterans in an open, supportive and safe environment. We thank you for your service. Our staff is sensitive to and provides support for a wide range of issues related to families, relationships, isolation, discrimination, bigotry, and exclusion that some in the LGBT community sometimes face.

Overview

The Miami VA Healthcare System provides an open, supportive and safe environment for all who served our nation. Our staff is sensitive to a wide range of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues related to families, relationships, isolation, discrimination, bigotry and exclusion that some LGBT Veterans can sometimes sometimes face. We offer individual and couples therapy, support for pre-and-post gender reassignment, diverse support groups and therapies to meet the needs of our LGBT Veterans and their families.

LGBT Veterans face increased health risks and unique challenges in accessing quality health care. VA is developing policies, provider-education programs and services to ensure high-quality, patient-centered care for LGBT Veterans. VA strives to be the national health care leader for LGBT Veterans by ensuring that care is provided in a sensitive, safe environment at VA medical facilities nationwide.

Beginning in 2012, the Miami VA Equal Employment Opportunity LGBT Special Emphasis Program has focused on increasing LGBT voice, awareness, acceptance and training across the health care system and surrounding communities. Come and join our LGBT Family!!! We have many resources available for you.

VA Health Care Facilities Participate in Health Care Equality Index

Starting in 2013, VA health care facilities were encouraged to participate in the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). Participation in the HEI is voluntary and consists of reporting health care systems’ policies, activities and trainings related to LGBT patients and families; it is known as an indicator of an LGBT-positive health care environment. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation designed the HEI to allow U.S. health care organizations to assess the degree to which they provide LGBT patient-centered care, to identify and remedy any gaps and to make public their commitment to LGBT patients and their families. Each year, The Healthcare Equality Index is published identifying participating facilities and those that achieved “Leader” status in LGBT care.

The Miami VA Healthcare System participates and presently maintains “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” status. To read more, click here.

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LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator (VCC) Program

As of March 2016, each VA facility has a local LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator (VCC) who is appointed by their facility leadership. The VCC is responsible for promoting best practices for serving LGBT Veterans and connecting LGBT Veterans to services.

Health Information

To learn important information about the unique health risks of LGBT Veterans, download these relevant fact sheets. Here you can also find information about relevant services offered by VA.


Gay and Bisexual
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Health Care Fact Sheet

Gay and Bisexual Men Health Care Fact Sheet

Lesbian and Bisexual
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Health Care Fact Sheet

Lesbian and Bisexual Women Health Care Fact Sheet

Transgender
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Health Care Fact Sheet

Transgender Women Health Care Fact Sheet

Transgender
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Health Care Fact Sheet

Transgender Men Health Care Fact Sheet

Contact

Heather M. Cherry
LCSW, CST
305-575-7000 Ext. 3474
Heather.Cherry@va.gov

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LGBT Updates