LGBTQ Services

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Student Health recognizes that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students have health concerns that are the same as other students. However, other issues may be different and require a greater understanding or specific information or programs.

This section does not cover all services available to you as a UCSB student. Please browse the website, for a more complete picture. However, this section does address some areas that may be of specific interest or concern.

 

About the SHS Staff:

 Han Koehle

Han Koehle, (pronouns: they/them) is our Queer and Trans Health Advisor available to help LGBTQ students navigate our healthcare services. You can contact them by calling (805) 893-2535 or email Han.Koehle@sa.ucsb.edu.

Suggestions/Complaints:

We welcome your input on how we can improve our services related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students.
email: shsstudenthealth@sa.ucsb.edu

For more information call (805) 893-3368

Medical Care:

We have an outpatient medical facility where you can see a doctor, physician assistant, nurse or nurse practitioner about any health issue, from acne and headaches to sexually transmitted infections and HIV-related illnesses. Management of gynecological care is available for all sexual orientations. Social Workers and nutritionists help students with stress-related health problems, nutrition concerns, and sexuality issues.

Preventive services such as HIV PrEP and self-directed STI testing are readily available.

Transgender Students:

The primary care clinics provide general medical care for the prevention and treatment of illness and injury. SH clinicians can also refer clients to other providers such as physician specialists and physical therapists. Students considering hormonal treatment and reassignment surgery may be referred to specialists, if desired, or be seen by our primary care clinicians who can refill and monitor hormone prescriptions received from another provider.

Call (805) 893-3087 to make an appointment, no need to give the reason for the visit. Physicians currently available are Ali Javanbakht, M.D. and Mary Ferris, M.D. You can also leave messages there, or email clinicians confidentially through Gateway on the Student Health website.

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Student Health is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all students. For your comfort, we have these single bathrooms available within our building:




- Granada Clinic Waiting Room
- Sierra Clinic (connected to lab for specimen collection)
- Riviera Clinic (behind Information Desk)
- Physical Therapy (inside clinic)
- Health & Wellness Hallway

Student Health Insurance:

The University requires all students to have major medical insurance, and SHS provides Gaucho Health Insurance  (GHI) to meet that requirement. GHI benefits include coverage for procedures or treatments to change characteristics of the body to those of the opposite sex, according to plan guidelines and necessity criteria. See: Gaucho Health Insurance for more information about coverage.

About Confidentiality:

Your appointments with clinicians, counselors, and other SHS staff are confidential. By law, your parents, friends, professors and other school officials do not have access to your SH records.

Medical Records:

The only way that someone may know about your appointment is if you tell them, you give us written permission to release information, or we are required by law.

Counseling Records:

Like medical records, these are protected by law. In addition, counseling records are kept separately from medical records.

 

About the SHS Staff:

 Betsy Malear

Betsy Malear, MS, RD (pronouns: she/her) is an Dietitian and Health Educator at Student Health available to help LGBTQ students navigate our healthcare services.You can make an appointment by calling (805) 893-3368, or email confidentially through Gateway on the Student Health website.