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This website is to provide information on free/low-cost public health resources for youths transitioning out of the foster-care/probation system.

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First Aid icon   How to Talk to Your Doctor

You might not be used to talking about your body and what’s happening in your life, so it’s important to find a doctor you trust. When you talk to them about your health and lifestyle, your doctor can help you make decisions about your care and treatment. What you say to your doctor is private – your information will not be shared without your permission.

Before your appointment, make a list of the things you want to discuss:
  • Your health history and family health history
  • Recent changes in your health and/or lifestyle
  • Changes in your life that are causing you to feel stress
  • A list of your prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal remedies or supplements

During your visit, ask questions if anything seems unclear to you. Tell the doctor if you have concerns about a particular treatment or recommended change in your daily life.
  • Take notes
  • If you don’t understand your doctor’s explanations, you can also ask them to draw pictures or give you printed information
  • Ask your doctor to write down directions about medications or home treatment
  • Tell your doctor when you need more time to talk. If they are not available, a physician assistant, nurse, or pharmacist can help you.

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First Aid icon   Coming Out to Your Doctor

You have a right to receive health care in a friendly, respectful setting. Coming out to your doctor gives you an opportunity to discuss how you can make health care fit your needs. That includes talking about LGBTQ health issues as a regular part of your appointments.

Tips for finding and being open with healthcare providers:

  • Ask for referrals — Ask friends or local LGBTQ centers for LGBTQ friendly providers
  • Call your doctor's office — You don't have to give your name when you ask:
    • If they have any LGBTQ patients
    • How they feel about LGBTQ patients and LGBTQ health care
    • What training or experience they have with LGBTQ health care issues
  • Talk to your doctor when you feel most comfortable — You might feel more comfortable if you ask to talk to your doctor in their office, instead of the exam room
  • Be educated and proactive —Your doctor may want to help but might not deal with issues unique to LGBTQ youths every day so it's important for you to learn and ask your doctor about health topics that matter to you

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Info Sheets: Dig Deeper at HealthTransitionLA.org
First Aid icon   Need more help with figuring out what to say to your doctor? Here are some sample questions to help your thought process.

Click here to download Getting Ready to Talk to Your Doctor. pdf icon

First Aid icon   Are you taking the best care of your health? Look at this checklist when you’re headed for a check-up.

Click here to download the Preventive Health Checklist.pdf icon

First Aid icon   Are you looking for a clinic near you?
Are you looking for an LGBTQ-friendly doctor?

Click here to download the Clinic Locator Sheet.pdf icon

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Links: Understand Your Health Care - Click on the Titles
Questions for Your Doctor
These questions can help you start conversations about common health problems and concerns. You may want to make a list and bring it to your doctor's appointment.
Talk to Your Doctor
Doctors and nurses are trained to help you with your health and emotional concerns. Even if you feel embarrassed at first about bringing up personal topics (like physical development or sexual health), doctors deal with those concerns — and all sorts of things — every day.
PCP Who’s Who
A primary care physician practices general medicine and is your first stop for medical care. Several different types of primary care doctors treat teens.
Preventive Care for LGBTQ People
LGBTQ people have some unique health needs and concerns. Some health care providers don’t fully understand these issues. It’s important that you ask your provider about health matters that may apply to you.

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Links: More HealthyTransitionLA.org Resources
Transition Planning icon   Need Medi-Cal coverage?
Need help getting healthy food?

Click here to download the Transition Planning Resource Sheet pdf icon.

Healthly Living icon   Are you interested in learning how to cook great food and find fun activities to keep fit? Eat well and keep active on a budget.

Click here to go to the Healthy Living page of this website and read more.

Mental Health icon   Are you thinking of seeing a therapist? Are you depressed or feeling like you can’t cope with your problems?

Click here to go to the Mental Health page of this website and read more.

transportation icon   Need help getting to your appointments?

Click here to go to the Transportation page of this website and read more.

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