Sunday, April 26, 2015

Could You Be Howard Brown Health Center's Newest Board Member?
The Board of Directors of Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) invites service-oriented patients and community members to apply for membership on the Board.
The Board of Directors provides high-level direction and oversight of the organization's fiscal health, programmatic performance, and central management.  Working closely with staff leadership, the Community Advisory Board, and other stakeholders, the Board focuses efforts on advancing HBHC's mission improving the health and wellness of LGBTQ people and allies.

We are currently looking to elect 3-5 candidates with newly elected members serving a term ranging from 1-3 years.

For the 2015 class, the Board seeks diverse candidates with a broad set of skills. Professional backgrounds in finance, banking, retail, program evaluation, and philanthropy are especially welcome.  Also, this year's recruitment cycle will prioritize qualified transgender, cis-female, lesbian, and African-American candidates. With priority given to current HBHC patients, current or former clients of the Broadway Youth Center, and candidates 29 years old or younger.
Applications are due NO LATER than Monday, May 4, 2015.

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).