Family Health CARE- 

Making a better world! Serving Kansas City's under-served for twenty-five years! 

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Family Health Care provides comprehensive services to promote better health.
In addition to comprehensive medical care, the clinic provides dental care, individual and family counseling, disease specific and dietary education, fitness opportunities, health-related legal assistance, and literacy and social services assessments and referrals.

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Direct Health Services for the entire family

Health Services

  • General Medical Services (Including Treatment for chronic illnesses such as HIV, Hep C, Diabetes, etc.)
  • Obstetrics
  • Pediatrics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Chiropractic
  • Mental Health Therapy
  • Dental Care

Supportive Services

Additional Support Services

  • Social Services assessments  (assistance with Medicare, Medicaid applications, referrals)
  • Medication Assistance Program (preparation of pharmaceutical company assistance applications)
  • Health Education and Advocacy (for those with diabetes, HIV, Hep C, obesity, etc.)
  • Connection for Ryan White (federal assistance for those with HIV)- Case Managers based at FHC through the Good Samaritan Project
  • Specialty Referrals through WyJo Care (see links)

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Family Health Care serves:

  • Pregnant patients, babies, patients with HIV, Hepatitis, cancer, diabetes and other illnesses/diseases.
  • The ratio of females to males is 1.05.
  • FHC does not ask our clients to declare their race, but those we serve mirror the population in the areas in which are clinics are located. Many of the patients walk to the clinics. The primary zip codes we serve are 66101 and 66103.

About 20% of the population of these zip codes describe themselves as multi-racial, others include about 50% White, 25% Black, 4% Asian, and 1% Native American with about 40% reporting as Latino.

 
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Special information for Transgendered people considering treatment:

 
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How Family Health Care views the “Informed Consent” concept for transpeople. 
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Informed consent is a term that has long been used in medical systems to indicate a patient-
  • has been evaluated as being competent to make decisions to accept or reject medical recommendations and
  • has been given appropriate information with which to make those decisions. 
There is a movement within the transgender community for use of a model called “Informed Consent” to access hormone therapy. Responsible people have used this as a means of encouraging medical practitioners to prescribe hormone therapy without requiring simultaneous psychotherapy. Others have interpreted this to mean that people should be given hormone therapy on demand without any evaluation. 
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The current clinical guidelines by World Professional Association for Transgender Health are flexible and include recommendations for care of intersex and gender non-conforming people as well as people who wish to access medical interventions.  
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Diagnosis- necessary
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At Family Health Care, we believe that an individual’s experience of their identity should guide treatment. We do not generally require extensive psycho-therapy before prescribing hormones. We do require consultation and a full history and physical evaluation which may include laboratory testing and usually takes more than one visit.
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There are some cases in which there are coexisting mental health concerns that must be distinguished from gender dysphoria in order to provide appropriate treatment. [A case: Jer is an individual who is transgendered, but also has dissociative personality disorder. After psychiatric treatment for more than two years to stabilize the personality disorder, hormone treatment was initiated and this patient has done well for more than fifteen years (including marriage and becoming an adoptive father.)] 
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There may be medical conditions or other contraindications to immediate treatment. At FHC we work in conjunction with each patient to establish the most appropriate and safest treatment for the individual.
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There is also a broad range of gender nonconformity which does not always result in gender dysphoria or discomfort, and does not always require medical interventions. In addition, there are people who have mental illness in which gender issues may play a role and for whom hormonal therapy is not appropriate.  At Family Health Care, depending on the individual situation, most patients who request hormone treatment for their self-identified gender diagnosis receive confirmation and treatment within the first few weeks of evaluation. However, there are some individuals who have less clarity or who may have other medical or psychiatric reasons to delay treatment.

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MEDICAL SERVICES

 

Family Health Care (FHC)

Daily Medical Services Hours (by appointment):

Mon 9-5

Tues 8-5

Weds 10-7

Thurs 7:30-7

Fri 9-5

Sat (2nd & 4th) 9-noon

Call 913-722-3100

 ..........FHC Special Clinic

PrEP Care Clinic (HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis)

 

Service Hours 

Fri 3-5 (by appointment)

Click here to learn about PrEP CARE

 

Call 913-722-3100

Jay Doc Free Clinic

Service Hours

Mon 5- (open for sign up and triage at 5 PM)

Tues 5-9 (appointments only)

Weds 5- (open for sign up and triage at 5 PM)

Click here for JayDoc Free Clinic Information

Maternal Options that Matter

Service Hours (by appointment)

Tues 8-noon

Thurs 4:00-7:00

Click here for information about MOM

 

Call 913-722-3100

**Family Health Care is temporarily able to only accept a limited number of new patients. Only those who have been diagnosed with HIV, who are pregnant, or who are referred from collaborating clinics may make a new patient appointment. We hope to re-open for new patients in the fall. Click here and phone for an appointment. (web appointments coming soon.)

Other Services

Added supportive services are important for the population served at Family Health Care:

Fit for Life

Family Literacy Program

Other Divisions/LLC's of Family Health Care

Family Health Care Legal Services

Grove Grocery

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Affiliated

Maternal Options that Matter

WyJo Care

More about our wrap-around services: 
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Family Health Care serves people in our community with special needs or who have difficulty accessing direct health care.
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  • FHC patients often have no insurance coverage, or they may have very limited insurance that does not cover out-patient care regardless of how extensive it may be. In situations which require significant resources (management of severe chronic illnesses such as HIV, Hepatitis or cancers) they are often left out. Family Health Care serves those without insurance with a sliding scale.

  • Some FHC patients have mental health issues, retardation or damage from head injuries and require assistance navigating the health system due to cognitive deficits. Family Health Care provides additional assistance to help patients get the medications and other supports they need. Simple supports such as having a live answering service rather than a complicated phone tree makes the difference in access for some people.

  • Those who cannot read well are often left out because they cannot do simple things like following instructions on a medicine bottle. Family Health Care has a culture of supporting those who don't read well. Staff from the front desk through the medical assistants have been trained to recognize and help when patients are not able to read. FHC provides assessment, referrals and individual tutoring to support reading improvement and we go a step further to assist adults to acquire their GED or high school diploma in order to improve their lives.

  • A number of patients FHC serves identify as gay, lesbian, or transgendered and may have experienced medical services with prejudice which is often uncomfortable and can put them at risk for delayed or missed diagnoses. Family Health Care staff are chosen for their abilities and sensitivities to the needs of patients.