What are Queer Health Advocates?

Queer Health Advocates are trained volunteers who accompany and advocate for members of the community who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, aromantic, queer, or questioning during medical appointments. Queer Health advocates help their clients navigate the healthcare system, amplify clients' voices, promote feelings of safety, and get the care they deserve. 

What is the time commitment for volunteering with this program?

After the program fully lifts off the ground, we anticipate no more than 2-3 commitments per month during business hours (typically 8 am-5 pm). At this time we are providing advocacy for non-emergency medical appointments, so engagements will be pre-planned. 

What geographic areas will this program serve?

Currently, we're operating in the eastern Iowa corridor with emphasis in Johnson and Linn counties. However, we would like to expand in the future.

Who can volunteer?

Volunteers MUST:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be able to secure their own transportation
  • Have not been convicted of a violent crime
  • Have a basic, working knowledge of each sub-group within the LGBTQIA community and each communities' issues. We will assess volunteer knowledge during the interview. 
  • May not be currently employed as a healthcare provider at any healthcare facility due to conflict of interest, but nursing and medical students may apply. 

How do I get involved?

You may volunteer for the program, be a trainer for future advocates, or both! Fill out the application below. The program coordinators will contact you for a brief interview and if you're accepted, they'll be in contact with you about when they'll be planning the next training.