Health & Wellness

Central Iowa Therapy Solutions
Jill Lehmann, LISW, ACSW, CADC
431 28th ST.   Suite 204
Des Moines, IA   50312

Different View Counseling, Harriett Dickey-Chasins, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist and LGBT-friendly
333 E. Grand Avenue, Suite 121
Des Moines, IA 50309

Franklin Family Practice, Des Moines (Dr. Joe Freund)
4908 Franklin Avenue, Des Moines, IA, 50310
Franklin Family Practice is a full-service medical practice specializing in accessible, holistic care for all individuals and their family members. The clinic shares space with, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of, United Community Services, Inc.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning Clinic, Iowa City (Dr. Nicole Nisly and Dr. Katie Imborek)
UI Hospitals and Clinics – Iowa River Landing, 105 East 9th Street, Coralville, Iowa
Level 4
319-384-7444 (option 1)

Life Works
600 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50312

NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness – Greater Des Moines
200 SW 42nd St., Des Moines, Ia 50309
Peer to Peer classes for Veterans and active military, adults with mental illness, for parents and caregivers of children with mental illness.

The Project of Primary Health Care
David Yurdin, P.A.
1200 University Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 248-1500

HIV Testing Hours at The Project
Mon, Wed, Thurs:  9:00AM – 4:00PM
Tuesday:  4:00PM – 8:00PM
Friday:  9:00AM – 2:00PM
HIV Testing available at Primary Health Care Ames
(located at 3510 Lincoln Way)
9:00AM – 5:00PM

Synergy Clinical Services unnamed
Synergy Clinical Services is proud to announce their official opening!  Our skilled team of behavioral health professionals is committed to serving the LGBTQ community and its allies within central Iowa.  

Our clinic offers a safe, supportive and affirming approach to help individuals work through important issues such as developing healthy self-esteem, building healthy relationships, exploring sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as well as assisting clients in the coming out process.  We also strive to help LGBTQ families develop healthy family systems and work through transitions and changes within the family system.

Our culturally competent therapists utilize a strength-based approach to help individuals reach their full potential and live the life they envision for themselves.  If you should have any questions, would like to set-up an appointment or need assistance connecting to community resources please give us a call at (515)-277-6399 or email

Unity Point Counseling & Psychiatry Clinic
Denise Hagerla, LISW
6000 University Avenue, Ste. 200
West Des Moines, IA  50266
(515) 241-2300

Breast & Chest Health

Cancer Facts for Lesbian and Bisexual Women

FACTS FOR LIFE Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People, Susan G. Komen Foundation

Transgender People and Breast Cancer

  • For a transgender woman, the risk of breast cancer increases following breast development and five or more years of hormone therapy.
  • For a transgender man, excessive testosterone can be converted into estrogen by the body, which leads to increased cancer risk. Additionally, transgender men may feel uncomfortable with either self-exams or medical exams, and may not realize that top surgery does not remove all breast tissue. Self-examination is a useful prevention tool that can be life-saving, regardless of a person’s gender.