Tips for LGBTQ Youth and Families on Navigating a Virtual Return to School

This back-to-school season will be a unique experience for many LGBTQ youth and their families, with school districts in Maryland and elsewhere starting the year with entirely virtual learning. For some youth, this learning environment will bring relief from harassment and allow them to attend school in a safe environment. Others, however, may feel even more isolated and cut off from sources of social support and affirmation. We asked Dr. Elyse Pine, a provider with Chase Brexton Health Care’s Gender JOY program, for some advice on navigating a back-to-school season unlike any other. What unique difficulties can this uncertain, potentially […]

Baltimore Comes Together For Support, Resources Amid COVID-19

From free meals for youth and food support, to child care for health care workers and first responders, to check-in calls for seniors, Baltimore residents and medical professionals are coming together during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and finding new ways to support each other. We asked Dr. Richard Bruno, interim site medical director at Chase Brexton Health Care’s Mt. Vernon Center, to discuss some basics about COVID-19, and how Baltimore’s residents and medical professionals have banded together to weather these challenging times. What are some common symptoms of COVID-19? How can mild symptoms be treated? The novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) most […]

HIV and the Coronavirus – How to Protect Yourself

The new coronavirus has radically changed daily life for everyone, but for individuals living with HIV, the virus brings with it unique questions and fears. We asked Dr. Sebastian Ruhs, Interim Chief Medical Officer and Director of Infectious Diseases for Chase Brexton Health Care, to address these questions. Who faces the highest risks from the coronavirus? We know from data coming from China and Europe how COVID-19 behaves. Based on the data we have available, those at highest risk from the disease are those with severe conditions like cancer, pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease. Is someone living with HIV at higher […]

Coping with Early Memory Loss

By Aaron CahallChase Brexton Health Care The prospect of a condition which may cause early memory loss can be a scary experience, both for the individual facing the diagnosis and for their loved ones, caregivers, and support network. Advice for navigating these conditions and connecting with crucial resources will be at the center of an upcoming workshop hosted by The LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care. The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, March 12 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the community rooms at Chase Brexton’s Mt. Vernon Center, 1111 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.  Anyone […]

Give Yourself the Gift of a Stress-Free Holiday Season

The holidays aren’t always a joyous and restful time of the year, especially for LGBT elders. From dealing with their families or families of choice to budgeting their time, energy and finances, the year’s end can be a hard time for many. Tips for managing holiday stress and avoiding its negative health effects will be presented at an upcoming workshop hosted by the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care. The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, December 12th from noon to 1:30 pm in the community rooms at Chase Brexton’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore). Anyone […]

Comemmorating World AIDS Day 2019

Join Chase Brexton Health Care and its community partners on World AIDS Day, Sunday, December 1st, for “A Celebration of Perseverance,” a memorial march through Mount Vernon, followed by a prayer breakfast. The event will honor those we’ve lost, rejoice with our long-term thrives, and celebrate how far we’ve come to support one another, improve health care, and get closer to an end to the HIV epidemic. “World AIDS Day is important because it gives us the opportunity to educate the community on the importance of HIV testing and prevention,” said Tonya Williamson, project coordinator for the POWER (Protecting Ourselves […]

Health Insurance Open Enrollment is Here

Open enrollment is here, and everything you need to know to determine your eligibility and get signed up for health insurance will be discussed at the LGBT Health Resource Center’s next Lunch & Learn workshop. The workshop will take place on Thursday, November 14th from noon to 1:30 pm in the community rooms at Chase Brexton’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore). The session will be presented by Chase Brexton Health Care social work case managers Alyson Mullie and Robin Mayfield, along with eligibility specialist Ronday Wilson. We asked the trio to share a bit of the information […]

Starting the U=U Conversation in Maryland

The Baltimore City Health Department and community partners across the city joined the international U=U conversation last December with the launch of the U=U Maryland campaign, spreading the scientific consensus that HIV-positive individuals with an undetectable viral load cannot transmit the disease to sexual partners. In the months since, the campaign has been a presence at community events, resource fairs, and health discussions across the city. Guiding the campaign’s efforts is its community board, chaired by Anthony McCarty. We asked Andrew to reflect on the first year of U=U Maryland, and what it took to bring the campaign’s message to […]

Upcoming Workshop to Discuss Abuse in the LGBT Community

If you needed help to escape an abusive relationship, where would you go? What long-lasting impacts can abuse have on an individual? What barriers does the LGBT community face in improving the resources available to survivors? The topic and more will be discussed at the next “Lunch and Learn” event, hosted by the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care on Thursday, October 10th from noon to 1:30 pm in the community rooms at Chase Brexton’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore). We asked Kate Bishop, education coordinator for the LGBT Health Resource Center, and social […]

Brushing Up on Dental Health for LGBT Elders

Dental care isn’t just about keeping your teeth sparking and healthy – oral hygiene can have a major impact on an elder’s overall health and quality of life. You can brush up on these topics and much more at the next Lunch and Learn event, hosted by the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care on Thursday, August 8th from noon to 1:30 pm in the community rooms at Chase Brexton’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore). The program will be presented by Karyn Carr Porter RDH BS, supervisor of dental hygiene for Chase Brexton Health […]