Howard Brown Health Center Seeks Applicants for its Community Advisory Board

CONTACT:
Andie Baker
773.572.6990
AndieB@howardbrown.org
 
Howard Brown Health Center Seeks Applicants for its
Community Advisory Board
Applicants must have received services at HBHC within the past two years.
 
Chicago, IL (May 4, 2015)—As part of its ongoing community engagement mission, Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) calls for new applicants for its Community Advisory Board (CAB), a board that provides feedback on HBHC’s community health programs.
 
Meeting once per month, “the CAB serves an important function for HBHC by giving ongoing consumer feedback on the design and delivery of the agency’s many programs,” says Andie Baker, HBHC‘s Clinical Quality Improvement Manager and CAB Staff Liaison.
 
Baker added, “Over the last year, the CAB gave critical feedback on HBHC’s pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) literature and marketing campaign, the agency’s translation services and patient-centered medical home materials, among other topics. Also, throughout the year we update the Board of Directors with our progress and activities.”
 
Like HBHC’s client base, the 7 – 15 members of the CAB represent the diversity of the community, which is crucial in ensuring that the full spectrum of needs for all LGBTQ individuals is being met. 
 
“We want to invite people that take part in HBHC programming—including The Broadway Youth Center—who feel that their voices often get left out in decision-making at health-focused organizations, especially with regard to race, ability, immigration status, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, HIV status and age,” said Jesse Gauger-Kiraly, CAB’s Chair.
 
In order to be eligible, CAB applicants MUST have received services from HBHC within the last two years. Other CAB membership requirements include:
  • Attend at least 9 of the 12 CAB meetings each year
  • Read information sent to the CAB to prepare for meetings
  • Provide thoughtful feedback at meetings
  • Promote HBHC in the community
  • Make suggestions about what you think the community needs
  • Participate in CAB photo on HBHC website, annual report, and other materials
“Being part of CAB is a chance for us patients, consumers and community members to work together and collaborate to make our experience within all Howard Brown Health Center programs and services more tailored to who we really are and what actually works for us,” says Gauger-Kiraly.
They added, “Each of us are experts on our own experience and have wisdom to share on how we can strengthen HBHC as an agency and help make the patient and client experience here more effective and affirming.”
To apply, visit howardbrown.org/application and download the CAB application form. The form can be submitted in person at any HBHC location, or emailed to Andie Baker at CAB@howardbrown.org.
 
Applications are due by Sunday May 31 
 
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About Howard Brown Health Center
Founded in 1974, Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) is one of the nation’s largest health care and research organizations, primarily serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) community and its allies. It is the largest such organization in the Midwest and serves adults youth and children throughout the region. An innovative and patient-centered health home, HBHC provides primary medical care, behavioral health services, and specialty chronic and infectious disease services, and conducts nationally-renowned clinical and behavioral research.

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