Howard Brown Health and the National Museum of Mexican Art Partner to Provide No-cost COVID-19 Testing in Pilsen

The new location is Howard Brown’s Ninth COVID-19 Walk-up Screening Site

(Chicago, IL, February 2, 2021) – Today, Howard Brown Health and the National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA) have announced a partnership to provide no-cost COVID-19 testing in Pilsen. The new testing site will be embedded inside the NMMA, with no appointment necessary, and testing services available to the public.

“Latinx communities in the U.S. have borne the brunt of the pandemic and must be prioritized for expanded  assistance mitigating the virus through testing, education, contract tracing, self-quarantine, and vaccinations,” said David Ernesto Munar, President and CEO of Howard Brown Health. “We are thankful to partner with the NMMA and provide this service to Pilsen and all surrounding communities.”

From March through December of 2020, Howard Brown Health provided over 64,000 screenings for COVID-19 at its clinics and community testing sites across Chicago. Howard Brown provided over 10,000 screenings in Little Village alone through its ongoing community testing site in partnership with Project Vida at 2659 S Kedvale Ave, Chicago, IL 60623.

“COVID-19 has greatly impacted Mexican populations in Chicago as well as the NMMA’s artistic and supporter groups, especially in Pilsen,” said Carlos Tortolero, President and Founder of the National Museum of Mexican Art. “We are proud to do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 through this partnership with a trusted community health center, Howard Brown Health.”

All screening services are available in Spanish and English, at no cost to patients, and provided regardless of immigration status or a person’s ability to pay. If an individual or family has health insurance, Howard Brown will collect that information for billing purposes.

The following hours of operation are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, February 2, 2021:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
  • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For a complete list of Howard Brown Health’s COVID-19 services, go to


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Howard Brown Health exists to eliminate the disparities in healthcare experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education and the provision of services that promote health and wellness. Howard Brown is the largest LGBTQ organization in the Midwest, providing primary and specialty healthcare, social services, and infectious disease screenings to more than 35,000 people each year. The 11 clinics span the City of Chicago, from Englewood to Rogers Park. For more information, visit

The National Museum of Mexican Art exists to stimulate knowledge and appreciation of Mexican art and culture from both sides of the border through a significant permanent collection of Mexican art, rich visual and performing arts programs, high quality arts education programs and resources and professional development of Mexican artists. The Museum welcomes all people and strives to foster a world where all are included. For more information, visit


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