Commitment to LGBTQ Health

Augusta University Medical Center is dedicated to providing world class healthcare to the community, and offers the most comprehensive healthcare in the region. The health system does not only bring the medicine of tomorrow to the patient care of today, but it is also dedicated to providing leadership and excellence in teaching, discovery, clinical care, and service, which includes providing skilled and compassionate care to all of its patients. This is why Augusta University Medical Center strives to facilitate a positive clinical experience for LGBTQ+ patients and their families.

 

LGBTQ Policies at AUMC

  • Equal Employment Opportunity: AU Medical Center is committed to providing equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, marital or family status, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, or genetic information. This extends to all aspects of employment including, but not limited to recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, demotion, transfer, disciplinary actions, termination, staff reductions, rate of pay and other forms of compensation, selection for training, and participation in system sponsored employee activities.
    https://augusta.policytech.com/dotNet/documents/?docid=3568#
  • Patient Rights & Responsibilities:  Our commitment is in accordance with AU Health’s non-discrimination statement which provides access without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, disability, age, religion, marital status, citizenship, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and/or other legally protected classification.
    https://www.augustahealth.org/legal-notice/patient-bill-of-rights
  • Family Presence Policy: The purpose of this policy is to define and set expectations for family presence with families, guests, and partners in care. Our commitment is in accordance with AU Health’s non-discrimination statement which provides access without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, disability, age, religion, marital status, citizenship, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and/or other legally protected classification.
    https://www.augustahealth.org/legal-notice/family-presence-visitation
  • Patient Advocate Services/Grievances: If you feel you have been discriminated against, or have a complaint about your experiences as a patient, you can contact patientfeedback@augusta.edu, or call 706-721-6222.

 

Clinical and Institutional Inclusivity at AUMC

Augusta University Medical Center aims to provide LGBTQ friendly services to all persons inside and outside our institution, including patients, clinical providers, and employees.

 

LGBTQ Research at Augusta University Medical Center

Augusta University also conducts and supports LGBTQ health-related research that works to improve LBGTQ health equity within the University health system. This research will further Augusta University Medical Center’s efforts to serve the LGBTQ community on a local and regional level.

Some Recent Publications Include:

Bidell, M., & Stepleman, L. M. (2017).
An interdisciplinary approach to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender clinical competence, professional training, and ethical care: Introduction to the special issue. Journal of Homosexuality, 64(10). doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2017.1321360

Stepleman, L.M., Yohannan, J., Scott, S.M., Titus, L., Walker, J., Lopez, E. L., Wooten-Smith, L., Rossi, A., Toomey, T., Eldrige, E.D. (2018).
Health Needs and Experiences of a LGBT Population in Georgia and South Carolina. Journal of Homosexuality. doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2018.1490573

Drescher, C. F., Eldridge, E.D., Wood, E., Rossi, A. L., & Stepleman, L. M. (2018)
"Implementing an LGBTQ Training for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Facilitators," Georgia Educational Researcher: Vol. 15 : Iss. 1 , Article 4. DOI: 10.20429/ger.2018.15104 

Griffin, J.A., Drescher, C.F., Eldridge, E.D., Rossi, A., Loew, M.M., & Stepleman, L.M. (2018).
Predictors of anxiety among sexual minority individuals in the Southern US. Journal  of Orthopsychiatry. DOI: 10.1037/ort0000363

DeFoor, M. T., Stepleman, L. M., & Mann, P. C. (2018).
Improving Wellness for LGB Collegiate Student-Athletes Through Sports Medicine: A Narrative Review
Sports medicine-open, 4 (48). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40798-018-0163-y

 

Community Resources

  • Metropolitan Community Church (Augusta, GA)
    Metropolitan Community Church is a Christian church with a special ministry of inclusion for minorities, especially gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, who have been historically excluded from life and ministry of other Christian Churches. https://www.mccoor.com/
  • Unitarian Universalist Church (Augusta, GA and Aiken, SC)
    The Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta is a Welcoming Congregation as defined by the Unitarian Universalist Association. They welcome and affirm the dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
    https://aikenuu.org/
    https://www.uuaugusta.org/
  • Augusta Pride
    The Primary Mission of Augusta Pride is to promote visibility and pride and to provide cultural unity and diversity education for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Ally (LGBTQA) communities of the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA).
    http://prideaugusta.org/
  • Gay Augusta.com
    Gay Augusta is a growing effort to keep the Gay Community abreast of pertinent activities and information.
    http://www.gayaugusta.com/index.html
  • PFLAG Aiken
    Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy. “
    https://pflag.org/chapter/pflag-aiken

 

University Resource Guides

Augusta University, State, and Local Resources:
https://www.augusta.edu/diversity/resources.php

Greenblatt Library LGBT Healthcare Resources:
https://www.augusta.edu/library/greenblatt/lgbt/index.php

Download Resources on Name and Gender Change Forms
Gender/Name Change Forms for Georgia and South Carolina:
https://transequality.org/documents/state/georgia
https://transequality.org/documents/state/south-carolina