COVID-19 Pandemic Creates Growing Need for Behavioral Health Services

The physical toll of the COVID-19 pandemic is measured in new cases and medical outcomes, but hidden costs of the pandemic are often borne by those who may never contract the virus. The stresses of the pandemic and the restricted lives most Americans face have caused a surge in the demand for behavioral health services. This need comes not just from those already in care who find themselves cut off from their traditional appointments and groups, but also from individuals who might never before have needed behavioral health assistance. Dr. Stephanie Saunders, PsyD, Director of Behavioral Health for Chase Brexton […]

Preparing for Tax Season at the Next ElderPride Power Hour

Tax season can be a challenge for many elders, and that challenge could be greater than ever this year as the COVID-19 pandemic restricts the availability of professional help in preparing their return. LGBT elders in need of assistance can learn how to get the help they need at The Center for LGBTQ Health Equity’s upcoming virtual ElderPride Power Hour, scheduled for Thursday, February 11 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Courtney Bettle, AFC, Director of Financial Capability for the CASH Campaign of Maryland, will present the online session, and offered a preview of some of the tips she’ll share. […]

Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccines

Many people are looking forward to getting a COVID-19 vaccine with excitement, but many have concerns and questions as well. These concerns and questions are valid, and at Chase Brexton, we want to provide our community with accurate, helpful information to address them. Here’s what we know about the COVID-19 vaccines which will soon be available to the public. How do the vaccines work? Both vaccines work by delivering synthetic mRNA into our bodies. The mRNA is a messenger for DNA, which tells our cells what to make in order to fix, build, or maintain things in our bodies. In […]

Intergenerational Conversations with the Stonewall Generation

The experiences of the Stonewall generation will be at the center of the LGBT Health Resource Center’s next virtual ElderPRIDE Power Hour, coming up this Thursday, December 10, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The session will be presented by author Jane Fleishman, PhD, MEd, MS; for information on how to join, visit www.chasebrexton.org/PowerHourDec2020. We asked Jane a few questions about her work around elder sexuality and the importance of LGBT elders sharing their stories and experiences. In your experience, what is the most common misconception about this time in our community’s history? In addition to my work as a […]

Reflecting on the Election, Preparing for Trans Day of Remembrance

We have made it through a high-stakes, and deeply polarized election season. Even folks who don’t engage in electoral politics much have felt the building tension among our communities. Our President and Vice President elect have been projected and announced, and even though there may be ongoing vote counting process and legal wrangling, change appears to be just around the corner. There were many big wins for representation, most noticeably, a glass ceiling has shattered with the selection, campaign, and victory of Vice President elect, Senator Kamala Harris. Election season also brought exciting wins for LGBTQ candidates nationwide. Delaware elected Sarah McBride as state […]

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 […]