VA Central Ohio Healthcare System
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Veterans
The Columbus VA Ambulatory Care Center is committed to providing top quality care to all Veterans including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Veterans. We recognize that diverse populations have distinctive needs, and are training our staff in culturally and clinically-competent care for LGBT Veterans. We are focused on providing the most respectful health care environment possible.
The Columbus ACC embraces the national policies that guarantee access for LGBT Veterans in the central Ohio area. These policies (and more) are available to download from this website. We encourage LGBT Veterans and families to be aware of these rights as you seek care at the Columbus ACC.
Below are relevant policies and services:
LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator
Meet Jessica Homan, our LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator! As LGBT VCC, Jessica supports implementation of national policies related to LGBT veteran health and medical care. She provides education to VHA employees and collaborates with community organizations frequently. She can assist with name/gender change documentation, connecting you or loved ones with appropriate services, and can provide therapy and case management as needed. Jessica has also been published in National Association of Social Workers with her article, “The Importance of Assessing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in a Health Care Setting: An emphasis on LGBTQ veterans.” Jessica has been instrumental in creating programming, outreach, awareness, and training for the inclusion of LGBT care within the Columbus VA. If you would like to get connected with her or for further information call Jessica Homan, MSW, LISW, at (614) 388-7238.
The Columbus VA is proud to participate in LGBT community events and host LGBT-specific events at the facility. Please contact the LGBT VCC if you would be interested in these events in the future.
2016 Columbus Pride
2016 Columbus Pride
Columbus Pride 2015
Columbus Pride 2014
Columbus Gay Men's Chorus
Our Patient Non-Discrimination Policy has specific language that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity (actual and perceived).
Columbus VAACC Definition of "Family"
The Columbus VA Ambulatory Care Center adopts the definition of "family" put forth by the Human Rights Campaign's National Healthcare Equality Index. "Family" refers to any person(s) who plays a significant role in an individual's life. This may include individual(s) not legally related to the individual. Members of "family" include spouses, domestic partners, and both different-sex and same-sex significant others.
Patients may designate any person as a decision-maker for care should you become unable to make these decisions yourself. This includes designating a same-sex partner as a surrogate decision maker. Advanced Directive agents are chosen by the Veteran and do not need to be biologically related. Please inform staff if you desire to create an Advance Directive.
Documentation in Medical Records
The Columbus VA Ambulatory Care Center maintains the confidentiality of information about sexual orientation and sexual behavior, as it does with all other private health information. We encourage you to inform your Healthcare provider of your sexual orientation/gender identity so appropriate care can be provided.
Changing Your Name and/or Sex in Your Medical Record
Your name in the medical record will reflect your legal name. The sex in your medical record should reflect your self-identified gender. You have the right to request that name and sex are updated as appropriate. There are established procedures for changing your name and sex with the VA Privacy Officer. The LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator can also help with this. If you would like a copy of the fact sheet on how to change your name and/or sex in CPRS, please let your health care provider know so they can obtain a copy for you.
Concerns and/or Complaints
If you feel you are not being provided with compassionate care at the Columbus VACCC, we encourage you to make your concerns known to your Provider and/or a Patient Advocate. If you would like a copy of the Memo on processing EEO complaints based on Sexual Orientation, please inform a Patient Advocate who can a copy for you.
If you have any questions or concerns that are not about a specific Service Line, please contact Jessica Homan, MSW, LISW, LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator at (614) 388-7238 or contact one of our Patient Advocates.
For any questions or further information call Jessica Homan, MSW, LISW, LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator at (614) 388-7238.
Helpful Links for LGBT Veterans
LGBT Veteran Resources*
VA LGBT Health Fact Sheets
- Female Veterans: Lesbian and Bisexual Health Care
- Female Veterans: Transgender Female Health Care
- Male Veterans: Gay and Bisexual Health Care
- Male Veterans: Transgender Male Health Care
National Resources for Transgender Veterans*
- Changing your name and gender in Medical Records Kits
- VA National Policy on Transgender Care
- International Foundation for Gender Education
- National Center for Transgender Equality
- Traveler Information for Transgender Travelers from the TSA
- 10 Things Transgender Persons should discuss with their Provider
LGBT Health Resources*
- CDC LGBT Health Page
- American Cancer Society: Cancer Facts for Gay & Bisexual Men
- American Cancer Society: Cancer Facts for Lesbian & Bisexual Women
- 10 Things LGBT Persons should discuss with Their Healthcare Provider
Local LGBT Resources*
- Stonewall Columbus
- Equitas Health
- Columbus Public Health
- Columbus LGBT Health Initiative
- Trans Ohio
Brochures and Flyers
- Do Ask, Do Tell: Talking to your healthcare provider about being LGBT
- LGBT Veterans Group
- LGBT Veteran Social Group
- A List of LGBT Champions - Individuals who have advanced training and volunteer to provide LGBT assistance
*Links will take you outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Website. The link will open in a new window.
420 N James Rd.
Columbus, OH 43219
Hours of Operation
- 8:00am - 4:30pm