2020 Community Impact Report

In response to the events of 2020, Howard Brown Health made the bold and necessary decision to radically re-envision our presence across the City of Chicago. Through COVID-19 screening, we collaborated with diverse neighborhoods and communities, bringing greater awareness to our mission of advancing LGBTQ health equity. Our expedited launch of telehealth in March 2020 brought providers into patients’ homes, while slowing the spread of COVID-19. Through intentional partnerships, targeted outreach, and nimble redirection of our resources, the impact of our work improved outcomes for thousands of patients across Chicago.

COVID-19 2020 Fact Sheet

An unprecedented pandemic in 2020 brought Howard Brown Health’s mission into focus. Amidst a backdrop of uncertainty, COVID-19 created an immediate crisis requiring a coordinated response in the service of public health and for the safety of historically under-resourced communities. With a bench of experts in community health, infectious disease, epidemiology, and contact tracing, Howard Brown quickly responded with testing stations, innovative partnerships, and revised protocols to keep patients and staff safe from a previously unknown virus. Using experience in crisis HIV response, social service support, and wraparound medical care, Howard Brown is uniquely positioned to adapt to urgent needs during an unpredictable time.

Four Corners: Health Research Priorities Among TNB Communities

In the summer of 2019, Four Corners conducted eight focus groups, two in each city of participating sites, in order to explore health and research priorities, participants’ prior experiences with research, and preferences for research dissemination. Focus groups were facilitated by two TNB project staff and included 65 participants, all of whom were at least eighteen years of age and self-identified as transgender, nonbinary, or gender nonconforming. Participants were recruited via flyers posted at the four FQHCs and social media advertisements. Focus groups were audio recorded and transcribed.

Four Corners: Health Research Priorities Among TNB Communities – Community Report

We are a group of trans and nonbinary community members from the Four Corners: Trans & Nonbinary (TNB) Health Research Advisory Network. In 2019, we conducted our first study on TNB health research priorities. We want to share the project, research, and findings with YOU, our community! We also want to provide helpful guidelines for TNB people to engage in meaningful research that reflect our values and we want to challenge researchers and institutions to prioritize our needs, because we know us better than anyone else does!


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