LGBTQ+ Inclusion Health Clinic (Jessica Francis, MD): Every Day Health 2022
There are many specialties in the field of medicine but few providers and clinics focus their care on serving the LGBTQ+ community. Jessica Francis, MD, OB/GYN, explains how the Froedtert & MCW Inclusion Health Clinic strives to meet the needs of LGBTQ+ patients.
What is the Inclusion Health Clinic and why is it so important?
The Inclusion Health Clinic is a unique clinic designed to meet the comprehensive health care needs of the LGBTQ+ community. This is really important, as many times, members of this community have negative interactions with health care providers. We felt it was important to create a clinical space where these patients can come and know that they're going to receive safe and inclusive care.
What services are offered at the Inclusion Health Clinic?
We offer a very wide variety of services at this clinic.
- Comprehensive primary care
- Gastroenterology (GI) services
We also have a wonderful network of medical assistants, nurses and social workers who help our patients navigate access to care. Additionally, there are many providers throughout the health network who are motivated to provide subspecialty care to this patient population, but don't necessarily see patients at the Inclusion Health Clinic locations. We help connect our patients to those providers as well.
Having been open for nearly four years, how do you feel the clinic has been received by the community?
This clinic has been very well received within our community. We currently serve over 2,000 patients in Wisconsin and the surrounding states. Time and time again our patients express their gratitude for these services because the clinical setting is so unique.
Learn more about the Inclusion Health Clinic locations on the Froedtert Hospital Campus, and the LGBTQ+ services offered by the Froedtert & MCW health network.