Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Join us for the Midwest LGTBQ Health Symposium

Learn best practicies for serving LGBTQ patients and how to tackle health disparities in the LGTBQ community. Register today! 

Save the Date: HBHC Announces the Big Orange Ball

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HBHC event of the year is here with the announcement of our first-ever Big Orange Ball!

This Halloween-themed event will boast cocktails, costumes and dancing with music curated by DJ Gloria Alers and DJ Megan Taylor.

When: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Where: The Geraghty, 2520 S. Hoyne, Chicago, IL
Time: 6 -11 pm

RIP Ticket: $300

1 VIP event admission

 Exclusive access to RIP green room, premium bar and other spooky surprises!

General Admission Ticket: $150

1 event admission

All proceeds support HBHC's primary medical care services along with culturally competent services to trans and gender non-conforming individuals, programming for homeless and at-risk youth and HIV/AIDS services and prevention, education and outreach.


HBHC Earns FQHC Designation


On Tuesday, August 11, during National Health Center Week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) selected Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) as a new grant earning Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Secured through a nationally competitive application process, this award includes an annual operating grant of approximately $650,000 and other benefits designed to increase access to high-quality primary care, behavioral health, and other services to thousands of low-income LGBTQ people and allies.

"With this award and federal designation, Howard Brown will expand its reach, assuring thousands more people--especially the most vulnerable in the Chicago area--will have greater access to comprehensive and culturally competent health care," said David Ernesto Munar, HBHC President and CEO.

This grant is part of a wider HHS initiative that made grant awards totaling $169 million for health care services reaching more than 1.2 million patients at 266 health center sites across the country.

CDPH Recommends That ALL MSM Be Vaccinated for Meningitis 


The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued that ALL gay, bisexual, queer and men who have sex with men (MSM) should be vaccinated for meningitis. Since mid-May, there have been six confirmed cases of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) including one death and a potential seventh case that yet to be confirmed. All of these infections have been among MSM.

IMD is a rare communicable bacterial disease that can cause meningitis, a severe disease of the brain and spinal cord, and other potentially fatal conditions. IMD is spread through intimate activities such as kissing and sexual contact or sharing drinks or cigarettes, smoking devices or marijuana. Common symptoms are fever, headache and a stiff neck. Other accompanying symptoms include nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light and confusion.

Also, roughly 10-15 percent of meningococcal disease die even with appropriate antibiotic treatment. Of those who recover, up to 20 percent suffer from some serious after-effects, such as permanent hearing loss, limb loss, or brain damage. One effective way to prevent IMD is by getting vaccinated for meningitis. And with Pride coming up, it’s crucial for more at-risk individuals to protect their own health and the health of our community.

So, do your part, and get vaccinated! Howard Brown Health Center is one of many CDPH partner sites offering free meningitis vaccinations. (Read a complete list of vaccination partner sites and which Pride events offering vaccines).


Introducing HBHC’s Walk-In Clinic Sliding Fee Scale!
The Sheridan Road Walk-In Clinic at Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) will provide a full range of comprehensive sexual health screenings on a sliding fee scale, instead of the current $95 flat fee.
What does this mean for you?
You can be tested for HIV/STIs for a fee that is based off self-reported income that won't break your bank. You can be charged as little as $0, up to $150. If cost is a barrier, we will still work with you to get you the services you need.
Which screenings are included?
  • HIV
  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia
  • Hepatitis (A, B and/or C)
  • Herpes (only if symptoms are shown)
  • Tuberculosis
To broaden patient access even more, the Walk-In Clinic is available EVERY Saturday, instead of every other Saturday.
New hours include:
  • Walk-In Clinic; 4025 N. Sheridan Road (NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED): Monday-Thursday (noon - 7 pm); Friday 9 am - noon;1 pm - 4 pm; and every Saturday 9 am-2 pm.
FYI: Meningitis vaccinations are FREE and are available at the Walk-In Clinic too!


 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).