LGBTQ+ Resources

As members of the LGBTQ+ community, it's important to know that you and your overall health matters. In mid-2023, Linn County Public Health distributed a Health Information Survey to gather insights of how members of the LGBTQ+ community wanted to receive health information and what types of health-related education they wanted to receive. As a result of that survey, it was determined that mental health was a key focus. 

This page outlines resources that may help you or someone you know keep their mental, physical, and sexual health in check.

Mental Health Resources

If you or someone you know are struggling with mental health, please know that resources are available. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call/chat/text 988 to reach the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

Additional mental health resources include:

  • Linn County Mental Health Access Center - The Mental Health Access Center is open for walk-in hours seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Anyone who is 18 years of age or older can receive services at the Mental Health Access Center.
  • Foundation 2 Crisis Services - Counselors are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 
  • UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids - UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids offers a variety of mental and behavioral health services, including counseling, medication management, community-based recovery services, and residential services.
  • Vogel Counseling - Vogel Counseling and Heidi Vogel, LMHC, specializes in trauma, PTSD, relationship issues, college mental health, and life transitions. 
  • Make It OK - Make It OK is a community campaign aimed at reducing the stigma associated with starting conversations and increasing understanding about mental health.
  • The Trevor Project - The Trevor Project provides information and support to LGBTQ young people 24/7, all year round. This organization also provides information about sexual orientation, talking about suicide, gender identity, mental health, and community.
  • Mental Health and Counseling Resources Sheet (PDF) - This handout provides options for mental health and counseling services, many of which are based in the Linn County area.
  1. Physical Health
  2. Sexual Health
  3. Other Resources

One of the important pieces of your overall health and well-being is your physical health. You can keep your physical health in line by getting an annual physical with your primary care provider, staying up to date on routine and recommended vaccinations, managing any chronic health conditions, and keeping up on vision and dental care.

Primary Care

If you are in need of a primary care provider, it's important to find a provider that you can trust. The Linn County area has numerous healthcare organizations and clinics that offer primary care. Some providers specifically list LGBTQ+ friendly or LGBTQ+ care in their bios on Find-A-Doctor portals, so this can be a helpful factor in deciding who to trust for your primary healthcare needs. Examples of a healthcare provider specifying their LGBTQ areas of interest include:

Primary care organizations in or around Linn County may include, but are not limited to: 

Note: By listing a healthcare organization on this page, Linn County Public Health does not guarantee appointments or provider availability. To determine if you can be seen at one of these locations, please contact them directly.

Vision Care

Vision care is another important component to your overall health and well-being. Most vision care is done on a routine basis, such as every 1-2 years, depending upon your specific situation. The Linn County area has several vision care providers who can assist with routine eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, and other needs.

Dental Care

If you are unsure of where to go regarding dental care, look at the dental care resources sheet (PDF)

If you are in need of assistance for paying for dental work, learn more about the NACo Dental Discount Card Program. This program provides Linn County residents, who are uninsured or under-insured with saving money on their dental service expenses. It's important to know this program is not insurance.