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Open Arms Healthcare Center (Open Arms) is a primary healthcare clinic located in the Jackson, MS, MSA. Established in 2013, Open Arms serves as the clinical department of
a 501(c)(3) non-profit community-based organization that strives to reduce health disparities among marginalized and underrepresented populations. Open Arms’ mission is to provide innovative, holistic, healthcare services to underserved, underinsured, and underrepresented populations in Mississippi with emphasis on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) populations. As the first and only LGBTI focused primary healthcare clinic in the state of Mississippi, Open Arms has succeeded in building its capacity to deliver sustainable and effective programs that meet the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, National Prevention Strategy, and Healthy People 2020. Services offered at Open Arms are delivered through a coordinated system of healthcare professionals who are culturally competent, aware of the needs of the community they serve, educated about the healthcare delivery system, and capable of collaborating with other members of the care team to deliver optimal care for overall patient wellness.

Open Arms provides a series of preventative healthcare services relevant to gender and sexual minorities such as HIV/STD prevention, treatment, and care; transgender health care; family planning; and mental health in a model that is fully integrated with primary care. In addition, all services are supported by case management and other support services (transportation, food pantry, etc.), which have proven to impact care engagement and clinical outcomes.

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