We’re excited to launch our Meet the Care Coordinators series, where you’ll get to meet one of our Care Coordinators on the team for LGBTQ+ community care at least once a month. Our team is queer and trans led, and many of our care coordinators are in the LGBTQ+ community ourselves.
Our Care Coordinators deeply understand and share many of the unique challenges, joys, and experiences that our members have. We hope that getting to know a little more about us and seeing ours faces will inspire you to reach out and use our services, knowing exactly who is guiding you through your healthcare journey!
YARIMA THORNE, CARE COORDINATOR LEAD
Pronouns: He / Him / His
What are your hobbies and interests?
“I love nature and go on daily walks with Nexus, my fur-child. I also enjoy cooking while watching travel documentaries about places I want to travel to next!”
Why do you do this work and what inspired you to join Included Health?
“I love my job because the work that we do chips away at the barriers that our community faces when it comes to healthcare. This work in itself is an act of resistance to systems that tell us we are not worthy of quality and compassionate care. Just like my mother, I fight against oppressive systems where they arise.”
Where do you live and/or where are you from? Where do you consider home?
“My family comes from Chesapeake, Virginia, but I’m a bit of a traveler. I consider home to be a place of self-acceptance where love and understanding are in abundance.”
What is an LGBTQ+ or trans organization, project OR who is an LGBTQ+ or trans artist, singer, or leader who inspires you or has taught you something?
“I actually have two. The first being TS Madison and the second being Lil Nas X. Both of them remind me that it’s every generation’s responsibility to carry the torch of visibility for Black Queer Folx living proudly in their truth.”
What’s your favorite movie, show, or book? Why?
“My favorite book is Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler mainly because it takes bravery to face the present world and actively choose to live. My favorite quote from the book, “All that you touch you Change. All that you Change Changes you. The only lasting truth is Change. God Is Change.”
Meet our LGBTQ+ Health Care Coordinators:
- Meet Health Care Coordinator Marc
- Meet Health Care Coordinator Evan M.
- Meet Health Care Coordinator Roslyn
- Meet Health Care Coordinator Ryan W.
And, as always, if you’re an Included Health member, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Care Coordinator team to get connected with affirming providers.
At Included Health, we strive to provide friendly and exceptional healthcare navigation services to the LGBTQ+ community. Join our mailing list to receive more health and wellbeing updates from our care team. And please do not hesitate to contact us to #GetIncluded for your company, health plan, and community.
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