At Goodwin, we want to to provide everyone in our community an opportunity to live long and healthy lives. Our staff, patients and board reflect the diversity of our community, all of whom are welcome at our health center.
Greater Seacoast Community Health (comprised of Goodwin Community Health, Families First Health and Support Center, and Lilac City Pediatrics) is proud to announce the formation of an Inclusivity Committee. This committee consists of staff who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community themselves, and as allies.
The LGBT+ community faces health disparities such as low rates of cancer screenings, higher rates of depression, smoking and suicidal behavior. This population also faces social adversities such as discrimination, poverty, homophobia, transphobia, homelessness, hate crimes, and violence. Our committee is making progress towards making our health center an accessible place for everyone. This means making sure that no matter who you are, you feel welcome here.
We’ve taken some steps already:
- Updating the language on our website and forms to be more inclusive
- Re-formatting our medical records to better support our transgender and gender non-conforming patients
- Providing staff training on LGBTQIA+ inclusivity and cultural competency
The best way we can make sure everyone feels welcome at our center is to listen to the community. You’ll find members of our inclusivity committee at Pride events, Seacoast Outright meetings, and anywhere we see LGBTQIA+ advocacy. We have goals we want to accomplish before flying a rainbow flag with pride.
We encourage anyone visiting our website or health center to let us know how we can improve accessiblility to the LGBTQIA+ population. If you’d like to reach out, please contact us at MVinci@GoodwinCH.org.
Here you’ll find some groups, events, brochures and other things which can help navigate LGBTQIA+ topics in health care and in our community.
Brochures and Print
- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Questions
- Talking to your provider about being LGBT
- Non-Binary and Gender-Expanisve FAQ for Parents and Guardians Supporting and Caring for Transgender Children
- Supporting and Caring for Transgender Children
Groups, Clubs and Community
- PFLAG – NH – For Parents, Family & Friends of LGBT Individuals
Meets the 1st Thursday of the month from 6-8pm
First Church Congregational on 63 S. Main St., Rochester. email@example.com
- Transgender (and questioning) Teens Talk Group
The Concord Center 10 Ferry Street Concord, New Hampshire 03301
Phone: (603) 303-4626
This group is for transgender & nonbinary (or gender questioning) teens, providing a safe, supportive space for teens to connect and be themselves.
Meets one Friday per month in the evening at 5:30pm. www.debhortoncounseling.com/groups
- Seacoast Outright Youth Group
Meetings FRIDAYS (21 & Under) 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
South Church (Basement) 292 State St. Portsmouth, NH 03801
- Parent Support Group
Meets the first Friday of every month 7:15pm – 8:45pm
Safe Harbor Recovery Center 865 Islington Street Portsmouth, NH 03801
- FCC Transgender Outreach Group (Rochester, NH)
For Transgender individuals, family members, allies
2nd Saturday of every month 7:00 to 9:00 pm
First Congregational Church 63 S Main St, Rochester, NH 03867
For more info contact Ells: firstname.lastname@example.org
- We Are The Youth
Sharing stories of LGBTQ youth in the United States.
- Intersex Support online
- Asexual Visibility and Education Network
www.asexuality.org — “The world’s largest online asexual community as well as a large archive of resources on asexuality.”
www.bisexual.org — “A voice to the bisexual community, share accurate information, answer questions, and provide resources for further learning.”