Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Howard Brown Health Center Seeks New Applicants for its Community Advisory Board
As part of its ongoing community engagement mission, Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) calls for new applicants for its Community Advisory Board (CAB), a board that provides feedback on HBHC’s community health programs.
The board that meets once a month  gives ongoing consumer feedback on the design and delivery of HBHC’s many programs.  In the past year, CAB has given feedback on numerous aspects of the agency including HBHC’s pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) literature and marketing campaign, our translation services and patient-centered medical home materials, among other topics. Also, CAB is responsible for updating their activities and progress to the Board of Directors.
Most important, being a CAB board member allows for HBHC patients to have their voices heard when it comes to the decision making process in hopes to help make the patient and client experience here more effective and affirming.
In order to be eligible, CAB applicants MUST have received services from HBHC within the last two years. Other CAB membership requirements include:
  • Attend at least 9 of the 12 CAB meetings each year
  • Read information sent to the CAB to prepare for meetings
  • Provide thoughtful feedback at meetings
  • Promote HBHC in the community
  • Make suggestions about what you think the community needs
  • Participate in CAB photo on HBHC website, annual report, and other materials


Howard Brown Health Center Joins LAF and ALCC 
for a Collaborative Medical Legal Clinic 
Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC), LAF (formerly Legal Assistance Foundation) and AIDS Legal Council of Chicago (ALCC) are proud to announce the debut of their joint Medical Legal Clinic.

Held at HBHC's Sheridan location, this clinic aims at providing civil legal assistance for HBHC clients and patients who make an appointment or who are referred by their medical provider, therapist, or case manager.

"Our staff has long known that the serious civil legal matters that many of our patients and clients face also has a direct impact on their overall physical and mental health," said Michelle Wetzel, HBHC's Senior Vice President of Policy, Strategy, and Business Development.

She adds, "For those experiencing eviction or having their electricity shut off, having to choose between paying your bills or paying for your medicine is a dilemma that no one should have to face. And we know that choosing the former can have disastrous health consequences. Having the medical legal clinic in-house gives our providers the resource to help their patients meet these challenges."

Open every Wednesday from 1-5 pm, a legal advocate sits with patients for a 30-minute appointment offering high-quality and culturally competent review of their legal matter. Depending on the type of case, the patient will receive immediate legal advice, legal representation by ALCC or LAF, or a referral to another specialized legal resource. 
For patients who cannot make Wednesday appointments or who have pressing legal matters that cannot wait, there is a direct access referral process between HBHC and ALCC/LAF in place.
Call 773.388.1600 or speak with a Patient Service Representatives in person.

One of the biggest announcements made at out 2015 Annual Meeting was that the Broadway Youth Center (BYC) plans on leaving the Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ and will take a permanent home at our main Sheridan location at 4025 N. Sheridan Road.
“Since its inception in 2004, the BYC has been located at three different leased locations to meet the program’s growing needs. With the rise in youth homelessness, we must respond by providing a more spacious and permanent home that can accommodate the 1,800-plus young people who walk through our doors each year seeking life-saving services.” said David Ernesto Munar, President and CEO.
For the past decade, the BYC has provided an array of vital services for LGBTQ and homeless youth (ages 12-24), including day respite, food, group services, individual counseling, HIV/STI screening and treatment, laundry and storage assistance, case management, linkage to care, tutoring, a GED program and referrals to other needed services.

Governor Rauner’s Proposed Budget Could Shortchange $1.1 Million in Vital Services for Howard Brown Health Center Clients


Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposal to reduce state spending by $4.2 billion in FY2016 could result in severe and destabilizing service reductions for Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) patients and clients, a new internal analysis shows.

HBHC’s system of medical, behavioral, wellness and preventative care, which serves more than 27,000 people annually, would face an estimated $1.1 million in service reductions if the Illinois General Assembly were to enact the governor’s budget. More than 1,500 HBHC patients would be adversely affected by a delay or loss in medical care, housing or support services.

“Massive service reductions would have grave consequences for the entire community and especially low-income and disabled Illinoisans,” said Howard Brown Health Center President and CEO David Ernesto Munar.  “For low-income LGBTQ people, the loss of culturally competent care would make them particularly vulnerable to health disparities.

“Substantial cuts to Medicaid, breast and cervical care screening services and the Illinois AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) could disrupt services, leading to late testing, late diagnosis and worse health outcomes, which will actually increase state spending rather than reduce it,” Munar said.

 This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).