Student Justin Neisler Receives AMSA/GLMA LGBT Health Achievement Award

September 30, 2015
 
The AMSA/GLMA LGBT Health Achievement Award is given annually by both the American Medical Student Association and GLMA: Health Professionals for LGBT Equality to a medical student, student organizations, or school to celebrate their commitment to advancing LGBT health and the experience of LGBT students through education, service, and/or advocacy.
 
The Equality Clinic of Augusta was founded in 2014 with the mission of being an interprofessional endeavor dedicated to abolishing barrier to health care, serving the needs of the underinsured LGBT community, and educating current and future providers on cooperative, compassionate patient care.  Toward this goal, the organization operates an evening clinic twice a month on the campus of Augusta University (formerly: Georgia Regents University) that is entirely supported by private donation and staffed by volunteer providers and students from MD, PA, dental, and clinical psychiatry programs.  The clinic accepts patients of any sexual or gender identity with incomes under 200% of the federal poverty level and without insurance (or without insurance coverage for a specific service we offer, i.e. transition-related care) for general primary care, mental health screening and services, dental screenings and referrals, PrEP, gender affirmation hormone therapy, cervical and anal cancer screenings, and basic phlebotomy labs (through a partnership with Georgia Regents Medical Center).  All services are provided free of cost to qualified patients.  In 1 year the clinic has already served over 100 patients from throughout the Augusta region and as far away as Charlestown & Columbia, SC.  However, with appointments booked through February and as many as 4 new patients served at every clinic, the Equality Clinic is actively working to expand our services, volume, and space.