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.
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.
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 disease is common and we want to help keep your heart healthy. You First members aged 30-64 can get extra heart health benefits.
Can I join the You First program?
You can join if the following are true:
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 [email protected].
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.
Or you can download the application now. If you need help filling out the application, give us a call.
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: [email protected]
Mail: Vermont Department of Health, PO Box 70 Drawer 38 (YF), Burlington, VT 05402-0070