Howard Brown Health announces new manager of policy and advocacy

CHICAGO — Howard Brown Health announced Tuesday that Aisha Davis has been named the Manager of Policy and Advocacy for the Center for Education, Research and Advocacy (ERA). ERA’s advocacy team focuses on initiatives that improve the health and lives of people within the LGBTQ community in Chicago and beyond. The position of Manager of Policy and Advocacy works to advance patient access to affirming healthcare and address social determinants of health through public policy, grassroots efforts, and community-led education initiatives. The position of Manager of Policy and Advocacy extends Aisha’s breadth of experience in LGBTQ advocacy work. As a student of intersectionality, Aisha has worked on civil and human rights issues throughout her legal career, including work with Amnesty International, the Human Rights Foundation, Columbia Law School’s Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies, and the African American Policy Forum.

Evanston library to host STI screening with Howard Brown

EVANSTON — The Evanston Health and Human Services Department, Howard Brown Health and the Evanston Public Library (EPL) are working together to provide STI screening in this Chicago suburb. From the Daily Northwestern:
Starting Jan. 14, individuals will be able to walk in to EPL’s main branch in downtown Evanston on the second Monday of every month between 3 and 7 pm without an appointment scheduled. Evonda Thomas-Smith, the director of the Evanston Health and Human Services Department, said she helped to advocate for the services’ implementation. She added that the city also partners with Evanston Township High School and the GYT: Get Yourself Tested campaign every year to screen for STIs.

Howard Brown recognizes nurses’ union

Concerns rise about the union-busting reputation of the law firm that will negotiate for Howard Brown

CHICAGO — The Illinois Nurses Association said on Friday that Howard Brown Health had recognized the unionization of nurses at the LGBTQ health network. The INA made the announcement at a press conference on Friday in front of Howard Brown’s clinic on Sheridan road on the Chicago north side. The Sheridan clinic is the oldest of the 10 locations Howard Brown has in the city. INA Executive Director Alice Johnson made the announcement with Howard Brown nurses Katie Luedecke and Johannes Mosquera with Unitarian Universalist Rev. Jason Lydon who was part of a interfaith group that had given the the Howard Brown president a letter in support of unionization. “We hope our voices as nurses will be heard and our demands will be addressed,” Luedecke said at the conference.

Nurses push for union at Howard Brown

CHICAGO — A petition for union representation at Howard Brown hit the internet on Monday and is already getting a reaction. The Change.org petition calls on Howard Brown Health Center CEO, David Ernesto Munar, to voluntarily recognize the staff nurses’ right to unionize with the Illinois Nurses Association (INA). By 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, two days after it was posted, the petition had 1,251 names. Howard Brown is the largest LGBTQ health provider in the Midwest with 10 locations within Chicago, including the Broadway Youth Center. When contacted for comment, HB Director of Marketing and Communications Erik Roldan said, “Howard Brown Health is carefully reviewing the request and will directly respond in a timely manner to our petitioning staff.”

Howard Brown debuts PrEP music video ‘Let’s Talk About PrEP’

CHICAGO — Howard Brown Health, a major LGBTQ health provider in Chicago, debuted a new music video today to help get conversations on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). The video stars Chicago-based rapper KC Ortiz and features former and current Chicago-based performers like Big Dipper, Lucy Stoole, DJs [X]P and All the Way Kay, comic Tien Tran, and more. The song is based on the 1990s Salt-N-Pepa hit “Let’s Talk About Sex.” It was produced by Imagination + Muscle Productions and directed by Tobin Del Cuore and filmed at a variety of Chicago locations, including Howard Brown’s Andersonville Brown Elephant resale shop. The project was funded by a grant from the Illinois Community Health Foundation. For more information on PrEP, go to Howard Brown’s website.

Howard Brown looking for transgender stories

CHICAGO — Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago is writing a book on transgender aging with the hope of helping healthcare providers provide better care to trans, GNC and gender queer older adults. The clinic is asking community members who are TGNC and 60 years old or older to write about their experience with using any kind of health care or any knowledge they think healthcare providers should be aware of. An essay of 500 to 1,000 words typed on double spaced pages would be great. Some details:

Pieces must be received by Howard Brown by midnight on Sunday, April 29. Writing must be in English.

True Love Block Party with Howard Brown

CHICAGO — On Friday, July 21, Howard Brown Health will unveil TRUE LOVE, an interactive art installation by artist Bob Faust at a community open house for its Rogers Park clinic. Open and offering full-spectrum healthcare services since December 2015, Howard Brown Health Clark welcomes the community to an open house that will include refreshments from local restaurants, entertainment, and family-friendly activities in conjunction with the unveiling. Medical providers and staff will be on hand to discuss services available at Howard Brown Health Clark Street. The installation features the words “TRUE LOVE” with the word “TRUE” as flat colorful two-dimensional decals overlaid with the word “LOVE” fabricated in three-dimensional, clear acrylic boxes. The clear boxes are repositories for colorful slips of paper on which visitors are encouraged to respond to one or more available prompts on the topic of TRUE LOVE.

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Howard Brown highlights health outcomes in Community Impact Report

CHICAGO — Howard Brown Health has published its first Community Impact Report, highlighting patient and community outcomes resulting from its integrated healthcare delivery system. The progress report uses infographics and text to illustrate how Howard Brown’s individualized approach to healthcare improves the lives of patients, supports the communities of LGBTQ people and allies, and improves overall public health in Chicago. The report describes recently achieved outcomes in reaching patient populations and improving population health as measured by important health indicators. View the report at http://howardbrown.org/2015CommunityImpact. Highlights include:

Howard Brown’s increased reach and scope of its practice, achieved by growing the size and diversity of its patient base and attending to a variety of critical healthcare and wellness needs.

$100,000 Lifeline Challenge Grant – 18 Days to Match

By Jamal EdwardsHoward BrownWhat a difference a week DOES make! In response to last Thursday’s announcement of the Lifeline Appeal to raise $500,000 in 50 days, the community has rallied and raised over $100,000.This Tuesday, we announced that a big hearted, anonymous donor threw us a LIFELINE of a $100,000 Challenge Grant. In just two days, over 115 donors have already risen to the challenge and donated more than $36,000! Because of these generous individuals, we are now more than a third of the way to our Challenge Grant goal, with only 18 days left to meet our donor’s request!The Lifeline Appeal Challenge Grant comes from an individual – an Angel in our eyes – who credits Howard Brown Health Center with saving his son’s life. All donations will be matched 1:1 up to $100,000, enabling donors like you to double the impact of your contribution to the Lifeline Appeal.  But to take full advantage of this generous gift, we need your help to meet his challenge by November 30th.