Howard Brown Health Center hosts community town-hall meetings

Wed. April 23, 2014 8:40 AM by News Staff

Chicago, IL - Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) has announced a series of town-hall meetings to discuss the health and wellness needs of Chicago's diverse LGBT community. The sessions are part of HBHC's community needs assessment, conducted every five years to gauge health-related concerns for HBHC's patient populations. 

"Respondents to the 2012 LGBT Community Needs Assessment overwhelmingly identified affordable health services and care as their leading concern," said David Ernesto Munar, President and CEO. "Our series is designed to dig deeper in order to better understand the community assets and barriers affecting the health of people in our community." 

HBHC will rely on the community needs assessment for planning and quality improvement initiatives. Input from the meetings will be shared widely to spur public awareness and support for LGBT health promotion activities, according to a statement from the organizaton. 

Sessions will be held at HBHC's Brown Elephant in Lakeview at 3651 N. Halsted, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. on the following dates: 

Monday, May 12: LGBTQ Older AdultsFacilitators: Medical Director Magda Houlberg, MD and Cecilia Hardacker, Director of Geriatric Education

Monday, May 19: Lesbians, Bisexual and Queer WomenFacilitators: Betsy Rubinstein, Manager of Lesbian Community Care Project and Michelle Wetzel, Senior VP for Policy, Strategy and Business Development

Monday, June 2: Gay, Bisexual & Queer MenFacilitators: Staff Physician Alfred Torrence, MD and Serette King, Health Educator

Monday, June 9: Transgender IndividualsFacilitators: Blue, Program Manager of the Transgender Women of Color Project, and Taylor Casey, Manager of Transgender Health

Monday, June 16: LGBTQ Youth Under 24Facilitators: Imani Rupert, Director of HBHC's Broadway Youth Centerand Kristin Keglovitz, PA, Director of Clinical Operations

HBHC invites interested participants who cannot attend in person to join the discussion virtually on Twitter with the hashtag #HBHCTownHalls.