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Program for LGBTQ Health

Vanderbilt Health's Program for LGBTQ Health is an innovative effort to improve care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals. We help patients navigate Vanderbilt Health's services, connecting them with LGBTQ-competent providers and resources.

LGBTQ patients may face a greater chance than the general population for inadequate health care, certain medical problems and chronic diseases. They also experience higher rates of mental health conditions, such as depression. As patient navigators, our focus is to address these health care disparities.

Vanderbilt Health has been and will continue to be committed to providing patient-and-family-centered care for all our patients, in accordance with state law and care standards from medical professional societies and associations.

We work in hand-in-hand with the Clinic for Transgender Health, which provides and coordinates comprehensive care for transgender and gender-nonconforming adults.

For patients under 18, please see the Pediatric Transgender Clinic for gender-affirming care.

Trans Buddy Program

Vanderbilt's Trans Buddy Program helps our transgender patients navigate their medical care and improve their overall patient experience. 

To request a buddy, call:

Why Choose Program for LGBTQ Health at Vanderbilt

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    Training and accreditation

    Our unique training program creates a network of doctors across the medical center prepared to care for LGBTQ patients.

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    Personalized care

    We tailor your care to meet your needs for cultural competency, affirmation of who you are and understanding you and your family. We help you navigate your treatment options to ensure that you receive the best possible care.

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    Our groundbreaking Trans Buddy program provides patients with volunteer patient advocates who provide emotional support during any kind of health care visit at Vanderbilt.

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    Recognized care

    Vanderbilt is a national leader in LGBTQ patient care, including cultural competency training, research and education. We earned a 100% rating from the Healthcare Equality Index.

Tests, Treatments and Services

We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:

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    Intersex health services
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    Mental health services
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    Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
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    Sexual and reproductive health services