LGBTQ Health Resources

logo for Healthcare Equality Index 2020Henry Ford Health System is committed to providing safe, equitable care for all and supporting people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community with their healthcare needs.

Our commitment has earned us recognition from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) for many years as part of their Healthcare Equality Index, an annual publication that scores healthcare facilities on policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees. In 2019, all five Henry Ford acute care hospitals received a 100 percent ranking on the index. Henry Ford is the only Michigan health system recognized by HRC.

Getting the Care You Deserve

Individuals who identify as LGBTQ tend to face disparities in healthcare, and finding an affirming primary care doctor is one step in making sure that your needs are being met.

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Resources at Henry Ford

Henry Ford provides the following resources:

  • Find a doctor. While any of our physicians can treat LGBTQ+ patients, certain doctors have expressed interest in LGBTQ+ health. Find a doctor with an LGBTQ+ designation.
  • Transgender health services. Our transgender health team offers comprehensive and affirming healthcare for transgender patients, including primary care, gender-affirming hormones and more.
  • Self-reporting your sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI).  Henry Ford’s mission has always been to provide all patients with the best quality of care possible. But because LGBTQ+ people are disproportionately burdened by various health disparities and often experience discrimination in healthcare, it is essential to collect SOGI data in order to provide the best quality of care to sexual and gender minority patients. Learning about your sexual orientation and gender identity will help us provide you with the appropriate and sensitive care you need and deserve. Learn how to update your SOGI information with MyChart
  • pride employee resource group logoPRIDE Employee Resource Group (ERG). The purpose of PRIDE ERG is to serve as an advocacy group for LGBTQ Henry Ford Health System employees and our local communities. We are dedicated to fostering an inclusive and diverse culture for our patients, employees, business partners and the communities we serve to ensure we provide you with individualized care that is designed “All for You!”

National and Local Resources

Support Groups

Oakland County

Affirmations Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People
290 West Nine Mile Road Ferndale, MI 48220
Fax: (248) 541-1943

Affirmations Support and Discussion Groups
(248) 398-7105 ext. 233

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays - Detroit
Royal Oak, MI 48068
Main Phone: (248) 656-2875

Runaway and Youth Shelters

Common Ground - Sanctuary Youth Shelter
751 Hendrie Royal Oak, MI 48067
Intake 24-Hour Line: (248) 547-2260

Ruth Ellis Center
77 Victor Street
Highland Park, MI 48203
Administrative Offices: (313) 252-1950
Second Stories (313) 867-6936
Fax: (313) 865-3372
Email: [email protected]

The Ruth Ellis Center (REC), incorporated in 1999, is a youth social services agency with a mission "to provide short-term and long-term residential safe space and support services for runaway, homeless and at-risk lesbian, gay, bi-attractional, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth." As LGBTQ youth continue to be disproportionately affected by homelessness, the Ruth Ellis Center remains dedicated to ensuring that these vulnerable youth and young adults receive the services and inherent protections available to all citizens. While the Center emphasizes serving LGBTQ youth who are often ostracized, shamed and denied services by other agencies, no youth, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, is turned away or denied services.

National and Local Health Resources

National Coalition for LGBT Health
The Coalition is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals through federal advocacy that is focused on research, policy, education, and training.

GLMA: Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
GLMA's mission is to ensure equality in health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and health care providers.

AIDSource offers access to a comprehensive collection of HIV/AIDS-related resources reviewed and selected by expert information specialists and librarians. AIDSource was developed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to ensure that those seeking information about HIV/AIDS have a source of quality reviewed current content. In 2005, it was linked to AIDSinfo to make access easier for users of both sites. The mission of AIDSource is to serve as a reliable source for easy access to HIV/AIDS-related information both within and outside of the federal government. Resources included on the AIDSource website are organized by both topic of interest and audience, and are available in English and Spanish.

CDC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health
People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) are members of every community. They are diverse, come from all walks of life, and include people of all races and ethnicities, all ages, all socioeconomic statuses, and from all parts of the United States. The perspectives and needs of LGBT people should be routinely considered in public health efforts to improve the overall health of every person and eliminate health disparities. These pages provide information and resources on some of the health issues and inequities affecting LGBT communities. Links to other information sources and resources are also provided. Some of this information is designed for members of the general public.

Lakeshore Legal Aid

Not-for-profit law firm, Lakeshore Legal Aid, offers a wide range of free civil legal services to low-income people and seniors in 46 Michigan counties. Examples of the types of legal matters we handle include, but are not limited to, divorce, custody, child support, food stamps, Medicaid, Disability, Social Security, senior exploitation- both financial or physical abuse, landlord tenant, mobile homes, eviction, foreclosure, land contracts, small estates, guardianship/conservatorship, probate law, domestic violence, stalking, personal protection orders, expungement.

For intake and to speak with an attorney, call the toll-free Counsel and Advocacy Law Line (888) 783-8190

Monday - Thursday: 9 AM to 6 PM
Friday:  9 AM to 3 PM.

National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce: Health & HIV/AIDS Page
The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. The Health & HIV/AIDS page includes a list of LGBTQ health-related reports and press releases. The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people.

SAGE Metro Detroit
SAGE Metro Detroit was established in 2015. Its roots grew from the LGBT Older Adult Coalition, which was founded in 2010 and transformed into the SAGE Metro Detroit affiliate upon creation. SAGE Metro Detroit aims to build awareness and promote change so that LGBT older adults may age with dignity and authenticity.

LGBT friendly calls
SAGE of Metro Detroit has launched a new Friendly Caller Program (FCP) to help provide social connection and support to LGBT older adults. They match volunteer callers to older adults to make a minimum of three phone calls a week to see how things are going and have a brief conversation about hobbies and other interests. To find out more, call (248) 567-2363 or contact [email protected]

LGBTQ and Addiction
The LGBTQ community is prone to substance abuse at a disproportionate rate compared to that of the general population. By entering a rehab center that specializes in LGBTQ addiction and care, you will feel like part of the majority rather than the minority, and be surrounded by individuals that can provide support and encouragement.  If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction, please contact us now.

Help Lines

GLBT National Hotline
(888) 843-4564

Affirmations Helpline
Avail. Tues-Sat 4-9pm
(800) 398-4297
TTY Line: (248) 677-7235

Fenway Inst. GLBT Helpline
(888) 340-4528

Fenway Inst. Peer Listening Line
(800) 399-7337

Trevor Project Suicide Prevention Helpline
(866) 488-7386

NCAVP – National Coalition against Violence Programs
(212) 714-1141

Contact Us

Todd Roark, NP
LGBTQ Ombudsman
Jacob Sierocki
President, HFHS Pride ERG
Suzy Turpel
Suzy Turpel
LGBTQ Patient Advocate – Jackson

Henry Ford Health System is committed to providing care that is All For You! If you would like to share your LGBTQ patient care experience with us, or if you have any concerns about the care you received as an LGBTQ patient, please email our Care Experience Department.

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LGBTQ Holidays/Observances

LGBTQ Health Awareness Week
Last week of March
International Transgender Day of Visibility March 31
Lesbian Visibility Day April 26
Harvey Milk Day May 22
LGBTQ Pride Month
National Bisexual Visibility Day
September 23
LGBTQ History Month
National Coming Out Day
October 11
Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 20
World AIDS Day
December 1
Find the Right Doctor for You
View a list of physicians who have expressed interest in LGBTQ+ health.

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