All Hail Progress on HIV/AIDS

World AIDS Day will be commemorated locally in a special event on Nov. 30 at 9 a.m. at the Baltimore War Memorial. In addition to remembering those who have battled HIV and AIDS, the ceremony will be a call to action for testing and treatment, and a platform to debut the U=U Campaign in Baltimore. Ahead of World AIDS Day, we asked Dr. Sebastian Ruhs, director of Chase Brexton Health Care’s Infectious Diseases Center of Excellence, for an update on the status of HIV and AIDS in Baltimore. Overall, how would you describe the state of the fight against HIV/AIDS […]

Finding Her Calling A profile of Karen Bellesky – Chase Brexton’s longest-serving employee

It took a little while before Karen Bellesky’s new job became her calling – all of two months. Hired in April 1992 as Chase Brexton Health Care’s first registered dietician, Karen wasn’t familiar with the clinic and believed she was taking just another job. Instead, she was deeply moved by the dedication of her colleagues and the great struggles her patients faced, and quickly became a passionate advocate for Chase Brexton’s work. The turning point came about two months into her tenure, when Karen met with a person dying of AIDS and the patient’s partner. The couple playfully asked how […]

Chase-Brexton Charm Ball 2018 Raises More Than $240,000

Chase Brexton Health Care’s Charm Ball 2018 succeeded in raising more than $240,000 to support Chase Brexton’s patients during an exciting, fun-filled evening on September 22nd honoring the community health center’s 40th anniversary. More than 500 attendees came together at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel for a journey through four decades of welcoming, affirming care. Current and former board members and staff guided guests through the challenges and victories of decades past and shared an exciting glimpse of what’s to come. All funds raised supported the Hope Lives Here Fund, which assists Chase Brexton patients with critical needs. “It’s only […]

Dr. Bernie Branson Shares Stories of Chase Brexton’s Early Days, Establishment of HERO

Sitting in a bar on St. Patrick’s Day in the mid-1980s, Dr. Bernie Branson had a choice to make.  From 1978 to 1982, Branson served as the first medical director of the gay men’s venereal disease clinic that would grow and evolve into Chase Brexton Health Care, before entering private practice. But as HIV and AIDS took hold in Baltimore’s LGBT community, Branson and providers across the city had to decide whether to continue to provide care to those affected. With so little understood about the disease, many straight health care providers refused to provide care—or sometimes, even simple respect—to […]

New Chief at Chase Brexton An interview with incoming director Sam McClure

The LGBT Health Resource Center recently welcomed a new director, Sam McClure, who looks to continue the center’s mission to provide health information and resources to Baltimore’s LGBT community. McClure joined the center on August 20th from the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, where she was an executive overseeing affiliate relations, external affairs, advocacy, and supplier diversity teams. She takes over for Nate Sweeney, who departed the center this past spring. We caught up with Sam to ask her about her background and her goals for the center. What brings you to Chase Brexton? I saw an opportunity […]

Love Your Liver

 Chase Brexton Health Care Millions of people worldwide are affected by hepatitis, a viral disease spread through blood contact which attacks the liver. Each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention observes July 28th as World Hepatitis Day, an opportunity to recognize those impacted by the disease and spread awareness of the availability of a cure. Here in Baltimore, Chase Brexton Health Care is leading the efforts against hepatitis C, a common form of the disease often found in baby boomers. Chase Brexton’s Infectious Disease Center of Excellence has developed a comprehensive and effective treatment program which successfully cured […]

Elder PRIDE Returning to Pride Festival in Druid Hill Park on June 17th

Elder Pride will return to Druid Hill Park at the upcoming Baltimore Pride Festival on June 17th, the second straight year that the LGBT Health Resource Center will offer LGBT elders the chance to connect with their community, receive important information and resources, and reflect on their journey. The Elder Pride tent will once again be located in Druid Hill Park on Swann Drive, near the Family Pride location. Attendees will have the chance to add themselves to a timeline of LGBT history, celebrate their “coming out” anniversary in an “Out Proud” photo booth, and receive free testing, resources, and […]