Falls Church, VA – Inova Health System is proud to announce the opening of Northern Virginia’s first dedicated medical clinic for the LGBTQ+ community. The Inova Pride Clinic, located at 500 North Washington Street, in Falls Church, VA will serve as a primary care clinic with an emphasis on the specific needs of the LGBTQ+ community in a safe, respectful and compassionate environment.
“As a leader in health equity, and with Inova Fairfax Hospital recently designated as a LGBTQ+ Healthcare Top Performer by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Inova has long embraced innovative approaches to bridge gaps in healthcare,” said J. Stephen Jones, MD, President and CEO, Inova. “We know many LGBTQ+ patients are at greater risk for health issues because of a lack of regular healthcare in an environment where they feel respected and comfortable. The Inova Pride Clinic will ensure inclusive and judgment-free care, and supporting long-term health and wellness – without barriers.”
Led by Dr. Jorge Ramallo, who is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics and a member of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) and the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM), the Pride Clinic’s team of clinicians will bring their expertise in addressing the unique health needs of this community, such as gender affirming care, HIV prevention, adolescent health, STI treatment and prevention, and mental health.
In addition to the full range of preventive care, health screenings and chronic disease management, our primary care doctors and team members are experienced in all LGBTQ+ specific healthcare needs, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention and gender-affirming care, including counseling for youth and adults about health, gender identity and sexuality.
“In any part of healthcare, it’s critical that we meet patients where they are,” said Dr. Ramallo. “The sad truth is that many LGBTQ+ patients have encountered some form of discrimination in a healthcare setting in their lifetime, which has made doctor visits stressful and avoidable for many. By creating a dedicated medical home, we can help encourage members of this community to get the care they need.”
“Starting my career as an HIV social worker, I saw firsthand the stigma and healthcare disparities that existed for the LGBTQ+ communities,” said Karen Berube, Vice President, Community and Population Health, Inova. “With no clinic of this kind in Northern Virginia, we knew we had to make in investment in the health of the LGBTQ+ community. I am incredibly proud that this vision has become a reality. I am hopeful that with this clinic, there will never be another LGBTQ+ person who feels afraid to pursue the care they need in a compassionate and respectful environment.”
For more information on the Inova Pride Clinic, visit www.inova.org/prideclinic.
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Inova is Northern Virginia’s leading nonprofit healthcare provider. Our mission is to provide world-class healthcare – every time, every touch – to each person in every community we have the privilege to serve. Inova’s 20,000 team members care for patients through more than 2 million visits annually through an integrated network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, emergency and urgent care centers, outpatient services and destination institutes.
Inova’s five hospitals are consistently recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals and Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades for excellence in healthcare.
Inova is home to Northern Virginia’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Its hospitals have a total of 1,936 licensed beds. More information and statistics about Inova can be found at www.inova.org.