"Equality Clinic" Offers Healthcare Services To Augusta's LGBT Community
To combat this, a gay medical student at Georgia Regents University in Augusta came up with an idea: a free clinic to serve the city’s gay and lesbian community...especially those who are uninsured or underinsured.
“The purpose of this clinic is to make this more welcoming, more inviting more understanding,” says Dr. David Kriegel, who teaches at GRU and is medical director of the newly opened Equality Clinic. “And therefore, have people come in because these folks are willing to listen and to understand and to learn.”
The clinic will be staffed by doctors and medical students from Georgia Regents, who are volunteering their time. For the students, Dr. Kriegel says it’s an opportunity to learn how to interact with LGBT patients in a respectful manner. While it’s is housed on GRU’s medical campus, the clinic’s founders raised private funds to open it.
Atlanta is known for its large gay community, but Dr. Kriegel says Augusta’s LGBT population needs health services.
“They might not be out or feel comfortable coming out in this particular community,” he says. “That’s not true for every individual, obviously. But knowing they have a health resource they can go to where they can be comfortable with their identity and their sexuality will, of course, be useful.”
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