The inability to access health care is a critical issue for people without housing, with 3 in 4 people reporting at least one unmet health need, including medical, surgical, mental health, vision, dental, or access to appropriate medication. Homeless women in particular face additional challenges, ranging from increased risk of sexual assault to a lack of access to reproductive care and menstrual products.
This month, women receiving services at GRACE will finally have access to the healthcare services they need and deserve. The GRACE Women’s Clinic will provide obstetrics (OB) and gynecology (GYN) services, all thanks to Grace Healthcare Services and the Alachua Area Medical Reserve Corp. Available services include prenatal care, STI testing and treatment, and wellness woman exams. Wellness woman exams may consist of pap smears, contraceptive management and counseling, general GYN concerns, and general health maintenance.
The GRACE Women’s Clinic will strive to help these women feel safe, comfortable, and supported. It is time for women experiencing homelessness to have access to adequate medical services. Everyone deserves a home, and everyone deserves access to the care they need to be safe and healthy. Women experiencing homelessness are no different, and we’re incredibly grateful to our community, our medical partners, and our supporters for helping bring this vision to reality.