About Our Health Fair
We produce an event that provides preventative health screenings, health insurance education and introduction to an LGBT friendly health home.
We're offering a limited number of NO-COST lifesaving tests and services for uninsured or under-insured (LGBT)-Identified Women & Transgender Men
• Mammograms with The Rose & UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
• Body and Skin screenings with MD Anderson Department of Melanoma Medical Oncology
• Pap tests/well person exams with HACS
• Routine blood-work with HACS
• Rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing with HACS
• Colorectal Cancer Screenings
• Heart & vascular risk assessments with Texas Heart Institute
• Talk with an OB/GYN Dr. MaryAlice Cowan
• Advice and support with Living wills, Declaration of Guardianship and Medical Power of Attorney from Attorney Fran Watson
• Learn about health insurance available through the Affordable Care Act
• Plus A LOT more health & wellness services and information
Bronze Health Care Partner
Thank you AARP Texas for your leadership and support!
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, social welfare organization with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families — such as health care, employment and income security, and protection from financial abuse.
How it Works
The LHI Health Fair is held twice a year, the first Saturday in June and November.
Health screenings are open to uninsured transgender men and women who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender.
Pre-Registration for the June 4th Health Fair opens April 15th. Enter your contact information so that a client care specialist volunteer can call you. Remember, Pre-Registration does not mean you have an appointment! You must speak with someone so they can register you.
A Client Care Specialist Will Contact You
A volunteer or staff member will contact you using the information you provided in your online form. They will talk to you about the health screenings provided, gather more information from you and schedule your appointments. After your call, you will get a confirmation email as well as reminder calls and texts.
3. Arrive at HACS
Houston Area Community Services (HACS)
2150 West 18th Street, Houston, Texas 77008
Park in the garage and head to the check in desk to receive your client bag and client card. A volunteer will guide you to each of your scheduled screenings and you can win a $100 gift card by visiting the health and wellness partners. Light bites are provided. When you have finished up your appointments and visited each partner you will complete a survey and be on your way!
We're here to help!
Is this a clinic?
LHI is not a clinic. We are a non profit organization that produces health fairs for the LGBT community. The health fair is located at Houston Area Community Services, a federally qualified health center.
What does "underinsured" mean?
To be under insured is to have access to certain types of care under a financial assistance program. These programs are not considered full insurance coverage and so clients who are under insured (ex. Harris Health Gold Card Program) are still eligible for screenings at the LHI Health Fair.
Do you provide assistance with transportation?
Unfortunately we are unable to provide assistance with transportation to and from the health fair. The location is close to the metro bus line and we encourage clients to register with friends and carpool together.
Do the clinic staff and LHI volunteers speak Spanish?
Yes! We have Spanish speaking volunteers and the HACS team is bilingual.
May I bring my children?
Absolutely! We do not provide a separate space for child care but children of all ages are welcome so long as they have a guardian with them.
What if I have insurance but I cannot afford to pay for services?
If you have a new health insurance plan or insurance policy beginning on or after September 23, 2010, preventive services must be covered without your having to pay a copayment or co-insurance or meet your deductible. This applies only when these services are delivered by a network provider. You can make an appointment to have no cost screenings. If you need help scheduling an appointment with your provider, contact us.
What if I have insurance but I cannot afford my monthly premium?
If you fail to pay your premiums and exhaust the grace period you will lose your insurance coverage. You would be able to register for the LHI Health Fair.
I make too little money to get financial help with Obamacare, why is that?
In Texas, most uninsured adults with incomes below 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) are not eligible for Medicaid benefits.The Affordable Care Act (ACA, Obamacare) expanded Medicaid to adults up to 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Level (FPL) (e.g., annual household income of $16,394 for one person, or $33,534 for family of four). But in 2012 the Supreme Court made expansion optional for states. The Court left in place the original ACA rule that subsidies for private insurance in the Marketplace (www.healthcare.gov) are only available to people above the poverty level (written that way when Congress assumed that all lawfully present Americans below poverty would have Medicaid coverage).Key Texas elected leaders have opposed the ACA in general and have refused to create coverage for the uninsured Texans in this income group, leaving people like yourself out of options. To learn more and tell us your story please contact us.
I have noticed nipple discharge, nipple/breast pain, dimpling or new lumps in my breast, can I come to the health fair and get it checked out?
If you are experiencing this please contact us. Because LHI Health Fair Screenings are not “diagnostic” you wouldn't be able to receive a screening mammogram during the health fair. However you can come and receive the other screenings and be referred for a diagnostic mammogram. We can also route you to a program for low income women facing the possibility of breast cancer.
How often should I get a well woman/person exam?
The Pap test (or Pap smear) looks for cancers and precancers in the cervix (the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina). Precancers are cell changes that might become cancer if they are not treated the right way.
I am undocumented- will I need any paperwork or ID to receive an appointment?
We do not ask any questions about immigrant status and our host clinic Houston Area Community Services sees patients regardless of documentation. Undocumented LGBT immigrants face numerous challenges endemic both to their lack of immigration status and to their sexual orientation and gender identity. We recognize this intersection and welcome you at our health fair.
I am on the female to male spectrum, is LHI for me?
YES WE ARE! We serve all those who identify as: female-to-male, (FTM), female-assigned at birth, trans men, transgender men, men,transsexual men, trans male, male, trans masculine, masculine of center, boi, genderqueer, or non-binary.
A well person exam is recommended if you haven't had genital reconstruction surgery or have had “lower” surgery that did not remove the cervix (including a partial hysterectomy). During your visit, you will also receive a clinical breast exam which is to detect breast cancer. At age 40 it is recommended you have a yearly mammogram too. This is recommended if you have not had "top" surgery. We recognize that for some people, screening is no big deal. For others, it can be a difficult experience. There are some things you can do to help with nerves or discomfort. Please talk to us during registration so we can help. The providers at HACS have experience providing exams to trans masculine people.
Remember we also offer routine blood work, skin cancer screening, colorectal cancer screenings, HIV and Hepatitis testing, Heart and Vascular Risk Assessment, health insurance education and health and wellness partner resources!
I am on the male to female spectrum, is LHI for me?
YES WE ARE! We serve all those who identify as: male-to-female, (MTF), male-assigned at birth, trans women, transgender women, women,transsexual women, trans female, female, trans feminine, femme, genderqueer, or non-binary.
If you have breast as the result of surgery and are age 40 and up it is recommended that you have a yearly mammogram. If you have taken estrogen/progestin for 5 years or more, are age 50+, and have other potential risk factors for breast cancer (e.g., taking estrogen/progestin for more than 5 years, family history of breast cancer, high body mass index) it is recommended you have a screening mammogram yearly.
Transwomen who have not had a vaginoplasty (surgical creation of a vagina) do not have a cervix so are not at risk for cervical cancer.
Remember we also offer routine blood work, skin cancer screening, colorectal cancer screening, HIV and Hepatitis testing, Heart and Vascular Risk Assessment, health insurance education and health and wellness partner resources!
I am bisexual, is LHI for me?
YES WE ARE! We raise awareness about the unique health needs and experiences of bisexual identified people (e.g. bisexual, fluid, no label, pansexual, queer).
Will my sexual orientation and gender identity be kept private?
The LHI Health Fair is a safe space. Your patient information is secure and photography is not allowed. All LHI Health Fair volunteers receive Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act training and sign confidentiality agreements.
I am a heterosexual and cisgender* woman/cisgender gay man, what is out there for me?
Thank you so much for reaching out to LHI.
We hope that you will consider our Health Home partner Houston Area Community Services for your preventative healthcare. They are located at 2150 West 18th Street and offer services to uninsured clients on a sliding scale based on their income. They also have a pharmacy on site.
To schedule an appointment call 713.426.0027
Their Hours of Operation are:
9 AM to 6 PM Monday – Thursday
8 AM to 5 PM Friday
*cisgender-is a term for someone who has a gender identity that aligns with what they were assigned at birth. The term was created for referring to "non-transgender" people.
HACS is ADA compliant. Parking for people with disabilities is available in the garage. We also have volunteers who can interpret for the hearing impaired. Please contact us about any accessibility needs! We work hard to address the intersection of disability within the LGBTQ community and we will work to meet your needs.
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