The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) released its 10th edition of the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), reflecting a decade of progress in LGBTQ-inclusive healthcare. Ingham Community Health Center (ICHC) was awarded Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality status in 2017.
To receive Leadership Status, ICHC had to show LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices in four areas; LGBTQ patient-centered care, LGBTQ patient services and support, fully-inclusive employee benefits and policies, and LGBTQ patient and community engagement. Each of these areas were scored, to receive the coveted status of "2017 Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality", a facility must score 100 points out of 100 points.
Of the more than 1,500 facilities included in the index, the Ingham Community Health Centers is one of just 302 nationwide to receive the top designation. In Michigan, ICHC was one of two facilities to receive this designation. This was the first time ICHC applied for this designation, and was pleased to be awarded it.
ICHC ensures that all patients are able to access health care services without regard for an individual's race, color, citizenship, religion, sex, height, weight, veteran status, national origin, age, familial status, marital status, limited English proficiency, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression or ability to pay for services. This is a core at ICHC, and being recognized by the HRC was an affirmation of this statement.
Every year, ICHC plans on using the information obtained from the previous survey to strengthen current programs, and to adopt and develop new programs to assist the LGBT community.
If you have questions or concerns you may address them to any staff, supervisor or administrator of ICHC.
Although all providers at all sites are knowledgeable in general on LGBTQ healthcare, one site has become the center for ICHC LGBTQ Outreach:
Forest Community Health Center
2316 S. Cedar Street
Lansing, Michigan 48910
Phone: (517) 887-4302 / Fax: (517) 887-4625
Several providers have extensive knowledge of the LGBTQ healthcare issue, these include:
Erik Wert, DO, MPH, FACOI - Medical Director, Dr. Wert provides full range of Internal Medicine care, including kink awareness/affirming. Extensive Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) knowledge. Dr. Wert has presented at local and state level on LGBTQ issues. Dr. Wert also supervises the HEI program from ICHC. Dr. Wert provides care at Forest Community Health Center.
S. Hope Dundas, PA-C, Ms. Dundas provides full range of primary care including the initiation and management of transgender hormone therapy, surgical referrals, and letters supporting name and gender marker changes; and trans-sensitive and general gynecological care. Ms. Dundas assists Dr. Wert in the HEI program. Ms. Dundas provides care at Forest Community Health Center, and Eastern Health Center for individuals younger than age 21.
Peter G. Gulick, DO, FACP, FACOI, Dr. Gulick has worked with Ingham Community Health Centers since 2007. Dr. Gulick provides care at Forest Community Health Center. Dr. Gulick specializes in HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. Dr. Gulick has provided care to people living with HIV since the early 1980s. He is considered an expert by his colleagues on this topic. Dr. Gulick's practice is limited to HIV, although he does provide consultation for Hepatitis B and C to ICHC providers.
Carol Salisbury, NP, Ms. Salisbury is a provider at Forest Community Health Center and specializes in HIV, Hepatitis, Diabetes, Hypertension, Health Promotion and Prevention. Ms. Salisbury provides HIV/Hepatitis B/C with consultation of Dr. Peter Gulick.
Dr. Wert and Ms. Dundas serve as the advocates for LGBTQ health concerns, and can be directly reached by calling:
Dr. Erik Wert
5303 South Cedar Street
Lansing, Michigan 48909
(517) 887-4439 / Fax: (517) 887-4310
Ms. S. Hope Dundas - Direct Contact: (517) 244-8012
If you have questions or concerns you may address them to any staff, supervisor or administrator of ICHC. If you do not want to directly contact them, you can use the online option noted below.
Primary Care Services (Preventative maintenance, screening, and testing) with emphasis on LGBTQ health issues
Transgender Hormone Therapy and referral to Gender Affirming Surgical Sites
Transgender Affirming Gynecological Care
HIV/STD Services through Ingham County Health Department at the Forest Community Health Center Site
Pre-exposure Prophylaxis PrEP) for patient at risk for HIV
Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) for patient at risk for HIV
HIV Care and Services