You First for LGBTQ+ Vermonters

You First for LGBTQ+ Vermonters

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Welcome to You First! We offer compassionate support – tailored to your unique needs – to help you connect to and pay for heart disease, breast and cervical cancer screenings, plus heart healthy extras like free gym memberships. You First Services

Personalized support is a top priority at You First. You First is proud to partner with the Pride Center of Vermont so we may best serve LGBTQ+ Vermonters. We understand that having a provider that you are comfortable with and can talk openly with makes a big difference in your health. That’s why we offer one-on-one help to find a safe and affirming doctor, get to appointments, pay for eligible medical bills and more.

Risk of Breast or Cervical Cancer

The risk of breast and cervical cancers is based on many factors, such as age, family history and more. In general, if you have the body part, you likely need regular cancer screening.

  • Cisgender LGBQ women are generally at risk for breast and cervical cancer and should get regular screenings based on their personal risk factors, such as age, family history, and surgeries (like a mastectomy or hysterectomy). By talking to a health care provider, you can discuss individual risk factors to determine how often you should be screened.
  • Transgender women may be at risk of breast cancer, especially if they are or have taken hormones. By talking to a health care provider, you can discuss individual risk factors to decide if screening is medically necessary.
  • Transgender men may be at risk of breast cancer, especially if they have not had a bilateral mastectomy. Transgender men may be at risk of cervical cancer, especially if they have a cervix or had a total hysterectomy for a pre-cancerous condition or cancer. By talking to a health care provider, you can discuss individual risk factors to decide if screening is medically necessary.
  • Nonbinary and intersex Vermonters are encouraged to talk with their health care provider about what cancer screenings are right for their individual needs.

To learn more about breast and cervical cancer screening, read the Pride Center of Vermont's The LGBTQ+ Community’s Guide to Breast & Cervical Cancer Screenings.

For more about LGBTQ+ considerations for cancer screenings, visit the Pride Center of Vermont and this blog post.

Find a Safe and Affirming Provider

Talking to a provider that you can trust is important to your health and can help you determine how often you need cancer screenings. Many folks don’t have a health care provider, which can be a barrier to getting important screenings. A 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment done by the Pride Center of Vermont showed that about 20% of LGBTQ+ Vermonters do not have a regular primary care provider.

The Pride Center of Vermont maintains a list of safe, affirming, supportive and effective health care providers for LGBTQ+ people in Vermont. Find a safe and affirming provider

You First members can see their provider of choice in Vermont. Any provider who accepts Medicaid can accept You First. Find Vermont providers who accept Medicaid

Heart Health Program

Heart disease is common and we want to help keep your heart healthy. You First members aged 30-64 can get extra heart health benefits.

Learn more about our heart health program

Group activities to promote heart health are available through the Pride Center of Vermont. Check out their online event calendar or email glow@pridecentervt.org to learn more about upcoming events.

Find more on our FAQs page

Hear how You First partnered with the Pride Center of Vermont to better serve LGBTQ+ Vermonters.

Can I join the You First program?

You can join if the following are true:
 

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You live in Vermont.

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You’re at least 21 years old.

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You have (or have had) breasts or a cervix, or need preventative breast or cervical cancer screenings. This includes:

  • transgender women who have taken or are taking hormones
  • cisgender women
  • transgender men who have not had a bilateral mastectomy, who have a cervix or had a total hysterectomy for a pre-cancerous condition or cancer
  • non-binary and intersex people who need breast or cervical cancer screening. 
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You meet our income guidelines. For example, you are eligible with an income of up to $32,200 as an individual and $54,900 as a household of three.

Learn more about You First eligibility

If you have any questions about eligibility, please reach out to the You First program. You can also reach out the Pride Center of Vermont at glow@pridecentervt.org.

How do I apply for You First?

To get started, give us your name, phone number and email address below. We’ll contact you to help you apply.

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Or you can download the application now.  If you need help filling out the application, give us a call.

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CONTACT US

For general questions or inquiries, contact us Monday to Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Call: 800-508-2222 | TTY/TDD: Dial 711 first
Email: YouFirst@vermont.gov 
Fax: 802-657-4208
Mail: Vermont Department of Health, PO Box 70 Drawer 38 (YF), Burlington, VT 05402-0070