Advocacy

Center for Education, Research and Advocacy

Advancing LGBTQ Health Policy

ERA’s advocacy team focuses on initiatives that improve the health and lives of people within the LGBTQ community who need it most.  We work to advance patient access to affirming health care and address social determinants of health. We advocate for progressive public policy, participate in grassroots efforts, and lead community education initiatives that support our four primary focus areas:

Access to Healthcare

All people deserve the right to affordable and affirming healthcare. For LGBTQ individuals, finding such healthcare can be an even bigger challenge. Our advocacy team is working with partner organizations to ensure that both our patients and the greater LGBTQ community in Chicago and beyond have the healthcare they need to live their best lives.

Civic Representation

We work with local state and national representatives to ensure that LGBTQ people’s experiences are equally represented in the lawmaking process. Howard Brown Health participates in Transgender Lobby Day, Community Health Centers Lobby Day through the National Association for Community Health Centers (NACHC), and advances local LGBTQ initiatives that improve the health and well-being of our community.

Patient Advocacy

Navigating insurance and healthcare systems can be a daunting task, especially for LGBTQ individuals. Howard Brown Health is dedicated to standing up with our patients when equal treatment becomes a barrier to one’s health. We work with our insurance navigators and partners to help identify patient concerns and the trends that allow for systemic discrimination in the healthcare industry.

Policy Endorsements

We partner with local and national organizations to both create and impact law and policy that help improve the lives of LGBTQ people. Our team collaborates with partners, offering insight into how policies may impact our patients and the broader LGBTQ community. We continue to work with our partner advocacy and legal organizations to support LGBTQ affirming policies and push back against policies that put our community and their well-being at risk.