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VA Central Ohio Healthcare System

 

LGBT

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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

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.



LGBT Events

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 2016

Columbus Pride 2015
 Columbus Pride 2015

Columbus Pride 2014
Columbus Pride 2014
Columbus Gay Men's Chorus
Columbus Gay Men's Chorus


Non-Discrimination

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.

Advanced Directives

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

National Resources for Transgender Veterans*

LGBT Health Resources*

Local LGBT Resources*

Brochures and Flyers

LGBT Champions

 

*Links will take you outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Website. The link will open in a new window.

Contact Info

Location

  • 420 N James Rd.
    Columbus, OH 43219

Contact Number(s)

  • 614-388-7238

Hours of Operation

  • 8:00am - 4:30pm