Our Commitment to LGBTQ+ Patients
UI Health is a patient-centered organization. Providing safe, high-quality care for our patients is our foremost responsibility.
UI Health is dedicated to providing exceptional care to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) patients and families through its commitment to treating all patients with dignity, respect, and compassion regardless of age, race, religion, culture; language; ethnicity; physical or mental disability; socioeconomic status; sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression; veteran status; or any other status protected by law.
We take great pride in and accept the responsibility that comes with that commitment.
- Trained healthcare professionals who understand the unique healthcare concerns and needs of the LGBTQ+ community. Providers experienced in providing affirming care in a welcoming and respectful space.
- Healthcare services tailored to the needs of transgender and gender non-binary patients, staff, and students.
- Dedicated patient navigators are available to help LGBTQ+ patients, visitors, staff, and students to navigate services and resources available through UI Health.
- UI Health is a Title IX-compliant institution with multiple practices in place to address discrimination and harassment. Title IX prohibits discrimination and harassment against LGBTQ+ patients, visitors, employees, and students.
Access to Care
- Telehealth appointments to receive provider consultations from the comfort of your home or work.
- Access to primary and specialty care services in one convenient health system to address all of your health needs.
- UI Health has been consistently recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Healthcare Equality Index for our commitment to quality LGBTQ+ care by meeting the following criteria:
- LGBTQ+ Patient-centered Care
- LGBTQ+ Patient Services and Support
- LGBTQ+ Employee Benefits and Policies
- LGBTQ+ Patient and Community Engagement
- The University of Illinois sponsors/facilitates multiple community-engaged programs that benefit LGBTQ+ populations:
- UI Health Center on Halsted Wellness Clinic
- Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program
- Project HEAL supports increased testing and linkage to care for HIV, HCV, and diabetes.
- CHER Chicago aims to eliminate the effects of structural violence on health inequalities among racial, ethnic, sexual, and gender minorities.