A New LGBTQ+ Affirming Practice Focuses on Safe and Compassionate Care

This winter, Jefferson Health Haddonfield Primary & Specialty Care will open, providing a safe space for LGBTQ+ patients to seek inclusive, multidisciplinary care.

This winter, Jefferson Health Haddonfield Primary & Specialty Care (A LGBTQ+ Affirming Practice) will open in South Jersey. This practice will provide a safe space for LGBTQ+ patients to seek inclusive, multidisciplinary care. While focused on caring for LGBTQ patients, this new medical practice will be open to all adult members of the community needing medical care.

To find out more about this new practice, we spoke with Amanda Kimmel, Vice President of Ambulatory Operations at Jefferson Medical Group, and Infectious Diseases specialist Dr. Todd Levin, Medical Director of the new practice.

Advocating for an Important Cause

Jefferson Health is not only committed to health equity, social justice and inclusion but is also dedicated to providing equitable and compassionate care for LGBTQ+ patients and their families. “Our goal is to foster a safe, positive space where the unique and specific health needs of the local LGBTQ+ community are met with compassion and expertise,” says Kimmel. “Despite existing federal protections, the LGBTQ+ community continues to face significant healthcare discrimination—which often leads to a delay in seeking both preventive care and care for urgent or life-threatening conditions.”

Members of the LGBTQ+ community are more likely to experience issues related to mental health and substance use disorder, as well as several chronic conditions, diseases and infections. “As a member of the LGBTQ+ community myself, I’ve always found it challenging to find competent healthcare. Here, our patients won’t have to worry about stigma and will know that every provider is trained to provide optimal care for them specifically,” says Dr. Levin.

Jefferson Health understands the importance of addressing the health disparities facing the LGBTQ+ population and is determined to close these gaps in care.

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South Jersey’s First Inclusive Practice

Collingswood, just two miles from the new practice location, has the fourth-highest percentage of same-sex couples in the state, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. “We’re excited to offer this option for South Jersey residents,” shares Dr. Levin.

“Our practice, the first of its kind in South Jersey, will consist of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, licensed clinical social workers, and other allied health professionals who are well versed in the unique health considerations and barriers to healthcare in the LGBTQ+ population. We’ll provide respectful, patient-centered, culturally competent healthcare and ensure equitable healthcare access for this historically marginalized community,” says Kimmel.

LGBTQ+ Affirming, Multidisciplinary Care

Jefferson Health Haddonfield Primary & Specialty Care is slated to open on January 4, 2021, with services that include infectious diseases care, HIV, behavioral health and primary care. “We will also provide hormone replacement therapy, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder, and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention upon opening. In the future, gynecology services and breast surgery will be available as well,” says Kimmel. Additionally, all staff and providers will be trained and proficient in LBGTQ+ culturally competent care.

“In order for patients to receive the best care, they need to be open with their providers, which won’t happen if they don’t feel comfortable. Here, patients will feel accepted. We can address issues that a lot of providers are not comfortable talking about or treating, like prescribing PrEP for HIV prevention or giving the proper health screenings to transgender patients,” says Dr. Levin.

Jefferson Health Haddonfield Primary & Specialty Care is not only providing training for culturally competent care, but has also worked to hire staff and providers who represent the LGBTQ+ community. “We want to provide a safe space where members of our community in South Jersey can seek care and be comfortable. Taking care of ourselves isn’t always at the forefront of our minds, so we want to make it easier for those in the community to live a healthy life,” says Dr. Levin.

For more information about this new medical practice, call 609-744-2055 or email: NJService@jefferson.edu

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