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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ) Health, Wellness and Support

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The University of Kansas Health System employs and cares for people of all types. We value and respect each individual.

Our health system is an equal employment opportunity employer without regard to a person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity and sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age (40 or older), disability, veteran status or genetic information.

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A Leader in LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality

We have been recognized as a Leader in LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), based on the Healthcare Equality Index. Our health system is one of 406 healthcare facilities in the nation to receive Leader status, including 4 in Kansas and 14 in Missouri.

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Nationally recognized for LGBTQ support

Our designation as a Leader in LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality from the Human Rights Campaign recognizes healthcare facilities for policies and practices supporting equity and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) patients, visitors, business partners and employees. The Human Rights Campaign's scoring criteria includes practices in the areas of:

  • Nondiscrimination and staff training
  • Patient services and support
  • Employee benefits and policies
  • Patient and community engagement

We are also the proud recipient of the 2019 Healthcare Equality Index Award. The honor recognizes the equitable and inclusive care we provide for LGBTQ patients and their families. The Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) evaluates more than 1,600 national healthcare facilities’ policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees. This is our 2nd year to receive the award.

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  • We provide high-quality, patient-centered care while respecting our patients' beliefs and customs. Our patient relations team members are available to answer questions and assist with concerns. As patient advocates, the team supports everyone who receives services in our hospital and clinic locations in the Kansas City area. To contact our patient relations team, call 913-588-1290.

  • We offer a multidisciplinary approach to your individual transformation. Our goal is to alleviate gender dysphoria, which may require a variety of services that vary from person to person. We aim to assist people who identify as transgender, transsexual, gender variant, gender nonconforming and gender questioning. Learn more about transgender medicine.

  • For patients striving to build a family, our fertility specialists use state-of-the-art reproductive technology to provide diagnostic and therapeutic services. We recognize that each patient is unique and fertility treatments should be individualized, comprehensive and compassionate. Our physicians and clinical staff work as a team, partnering alongside patients to support them through the fertility journey.

  • We have dedicated HIV pharmacists credentialed through the American Academy of HIV Medicine. They provide HIV medications and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a course of medications for people who are at risk for HIV, to patients in the infectious disease clinic. Other services they offer include:

    • Assistance with medication coverage and affordability
    • Medication education
    • Medication review and screening for drug interactions
    • Periodic check-ins to discuss how you're feeling on the medication
    • Personalized medication selection in partnership with your provider periodic

    For more information, contact our pharmacy department at 913-588-1227.

  • Members of our staff participate in a variety of community events, including the Kansas City Gay Softball World Series and Pride Night at Kauffman Stadium. The softball world series hosted more than 5,000 softball players from the U.S. and Canada as part of the Come to Play! Gay Softball World Series (GSWS). Many employees from The University of Kansas Health System volunteered at the event. Pride Night at Kauffman Center featured an employee tailgate party at the first pride event at the K.

    We also host LGBTQ recruitment fairs. In 2019, The University of Kansas Health System hosted Kansas City’s first-ever job fair focused on LGBTQ+ workers. The event, which was sponsored by Kansas City Center for Inclusion, featured representatives from 20 area employers, light refreshments and a brief program. Approximately 400 job-seekers participated.

  • We offer our staff members Safe Zone training, which allows our staff to have a deeper familiarity with affirming language, inclusive practices and how our organization can continue to be a more safe and inclusive space for LGBTQ employees. Continuing education credits may be available, depending on the position.

Community resources

For more information on our services, contact the assistant director of professional engagement, Gigi Siers, MS, RN, NE-BC, at 913-588-3046 or gsiers@kumc.edu.