LGBTQ+ Care

Affirm: The Rush Center for Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Health bridges gaps in care by providing safe, comprehensive, affirming care to LGBTQ+ people.

Affirm: The Rush Center for Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Health bridges gaps in care by providing safe, comprehensive, affirming care to LGBTQ+ people.

Affirm: The Rush Center for Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Health bridges gaps in care by providing safe, comprehensive, affirming care to LGBTQ+ people.

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LGBTQ+ Leader in Health Care Equity

Rush hospitals have been recognized as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality in the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) for 11 consecutive years.

Learn more about our commitment to LGBTQ+ health care

Affirming Services Address LGBTQ+ Health Disparities 

Here at Affirm: The Rush Center for Gender, Sexuality & Reproductive Health, we understand that LGBTQ+ people deserve the same quality of health care as their cisgender/heterosexual peers, but gaps exist in the system that lead to health disparities.

Physical health can also be greatly affected from long-standing internalized stigma, trauma and socioeconomic disparities, putting you and your loved ones at greater risk for conditions and diseases, including the following:

  • Alcohol, tobacco and substance misuse
  • Anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Suicide and suicidal thoughts

Physical health can also be greatly affected, putting you and those you love at greater risk for conditions, diseases and infections including:

  • Greater likelihood of obesity
  • Higher rates of HPV infection
  • Increased likelihood of chronic conditions
  • More likely to rate health as poor

These health risks are compounded by lack of access to necessary care, which means the following conditions are more often true:

  • Less likely to fill prescriptions
  • Lower likelihood of having health insurance
  • More likely to be refused health care services and be harassed by health care providers
  • Use of the ER more often or delay getting care

Our center works across the Rush System to bridge those gaps by ensuring that our providers understand how to care for our LGBTQ+ patients while providing high-quality care and affirming services for everyone.

The Rush Approach to LGBTQ+ Care

We understand that affirming care can’t just exist in LGBTQ+ centers or gender-affirming clinical services but in every aspect of care. Affirm’s mission is to ensure that members of the LGBTQ+ community receive the excellent care Rush is known for across all areas and specialties.

Services we provide include the following:

  • Behavioral health
  • Gender-affirming clinical specialties (endocrinology, voice therapy and more)
  • Gynecology services and cervical cancer screenings
  • HIV care
  • Primary care (adult, adolescent and pediatric)
  • Specialty care (obstetrics, oncology, orthopedics, neurology)
  • Surgery
  • Patient navigation

For more information on Affirm's services, please fill out our patient intake form or call (833) 624-LGBT (5428).

This intake form goes directly to our LGBTQ+ patient navigation team. You’ll get a response from a member of our team within two business days. The Affirm patient navigation team is designed to bridge gaps in care, guiding you to the right providers and team for your needs — from behavioral health and gender-affirming health to specialty care and surgery.

LGBTQ+ Care Providers

Affirm’s holistic approach to support builds on Rush’s existing commitment to excellence in care and helps connect patients to providers who already provide affirming services and bridge gaps in care that LGBTQ+ patients experience.

Meet our LGBTQ+ care providers
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Rush Excellence in LGBTQ+ Care

  • National leadership in LGBTQ+ Care: Rush University Medical Center, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Copley Medical Center have all been recognized as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality in the Healthcare Equality Index, (HEI), the highest possible rating. HEI is an annual survey of how health care facilities in the United States treat LGBTQ patients and their families, as well as LGBTQ employees. Rush hospitals are among a select group of 406 health care facilities nationwide to be named leaders in the 2019 HEI report, which evaluated nearly 1,700 health care facilities in all.
  • LGBTQ+ patient and visitor inclusivity: We developed open and welcoming visitation policies and guidelines for same-sex partners and parents.
  • Clinicians who care: Physicians at Rush recognize the unique health care concerns and needs of the LGBTQ+ community and understand how to provide the best care possible in an inviting and open environment.
  • Liaisons for LGBTQ+ health services: Our licensed clinical social worker and patient navigators help our LGBTQ+ patients, visitors, employees and students connect to resources within Rush and the broader community.

LGBTQ+ Health Care Leadership in the News

Testimonials

I walk in and there is no need for explanation. There's no need to worry about judgment. There's no need to worry about presumptions. You are treated ... just as another patient who's working to be as healthy as possible.

Charlie Lemke-Bell, Patient

Learn how Rush provides competent and affirming care to our LGBTQ+ community

 

LGBTQ+ Care Locations

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Rush South Loop

1411 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

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Hours:

Mon – Fri: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (only for MRI)
Sun: Closed
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Consultants in Endocrinology

1725 W Harrison St
Professional Building - Suite 250
Chicago, IL 60612

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Hours:

Mon – Fri: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sat – Sun: Closed
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Rush University Prevention Center

1700 W Van Buren St
Suite 470
Chicago, IL 60612

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Hours:

Mon – Fri: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat – Sun: Closed
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Rush Gynecologic Care Group

1645 W Jackson Blvd
Westgate Building - Suite 310
Chicago, IL 60612

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Hours:

Mon – Fri: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sat – Sun: Closed
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Rush Associates in Women's Health - Professional Building

1725 W Harrison St
Professional Building - Suite 762
Chicago, IL 60612

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Hours:

Mon: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Tue: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wed: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thu: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fri: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sat – Sun: Closed
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Rush Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Westgate

1645 W Jackson Blvd
Westgate Building - Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60612

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Hours:

Mon – Fri: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat – Sun: Closed
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