Visana’s commitment to equal care for all

Visana Health is committed to using our services to directly address the health disparities within reproductive healthcare. Read on for more information regarding our commitment to providing accessible care for all.

Gendered language
at Visana

We often use the terms “women” and “women’s health” in marketing and education materials to be as clear and understandable to the widest range of people possible, regardless of education level, English proficiency, or background.

The terms “women’s health” “women’s healthcare” and “women’s health conditions” are used to describe our services, not to describe those we serve.

Why doesn’t Visana use gender neutral language?

We’ve had many conversations at Visana about utilizing gender-neutral language (i.e. individuals with uteruses, birthing people, those who give birth), however because of the scope of our services and the conditions we treat, we serve many individuals who have had hysterectomies and other surgeries.

Many of our patients are not able to get pregnant, do not menstruate, do not have a uterus, or do not have ovaries.

Equal healthcare
for all

Because we treat a wide range of conditions and often have to communicate our services to individuals with as few words as possible, we’ve landed on the terms “women’s healthcare” and “women’s health clinic” to describe ourselves.

We remain committed to ongoing discussions about how to best serve the diverse needs and experiences of our patients. Our language use is subject to change and evolve as we continue to engage in conversations with our patients and community.

We acknowledge that not all of the patients with the conditions we treat are women. We provide care for all individuals with gynecological conditions, regardless of gender identity.

We welcome trans, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming patients and work with our patients to make sure they are affirmed and understood.

The impact of health disparities on reproductive health.

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