On National Health Center Week, Honoring the Role of Community Health Centers in LGBT Care

Though LGBTQ folks have made enormous leaps in legal protections and decreasing cultural stigma, that progress is deeply uneven across identity and geography. Many people in our communities still struggle to find a health care provider who shows us respect and understands our needs, and community health centers serve a special role in meeting those needs. And we do have specific needs – for example, lesbian and same-gender-loving women are at higher risk for breast cancer, but get routine screenings far less frequently. Transgender care is a whole field of specialty unto itself, and providers are almost never equipped with […]

OPENING THE DOOR TO Affirming, Affordable Home Health Care for LGBT Elders

Chase Brexton / LGBT Health Resource Center Many LGBT elders struggle to find welcoming, affirming health care providers – and the stakes can be even higher when they consider opening their doors to in-home assistance. The issues surrounding personal home care for LGBT elders, as well as tips for finding the right provider, will be discussed at an upcoming Lunch & Learn workshop offered by The LGBT Health Resource Center on Thursday, August 9th from noon to 1:30 pm at Chase Brexton Health Care’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore). We asked Suzanne Bartley, business development executive with […]

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 […]

LGBTQ Police Liaison to give talk at Chase Brexton, July 12th

Personal safety remains a top concern for many LGBT individuals, especially in light of violent incidents directed toward members of Baltimore’s LGBTQ community in recent years. Too often, police are not viewed as allies in addressing these concerns – and are sometimes even seen as threats themselves. The issues and more will be discussed in an open conversation between LGBT elders and Sgt. Kevin Bailey, the LGBTQ community liaison for the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), at an upcoming Lunch & Learn workshop presented by The LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care on July 12th. Sgt. Bailey discussed […]

Get Tested and Know Your Status on June 27th During National HIV Testing Day

Despite the availability of new treatments and preventive measures, a significant stigma remains around HIV, and many who may carry the disease are unaware of their status – and may be afraid to get tested. That’s why June 27th is observed each year as National HIV Testing Day, an opportunity for individuals to take the free, fast, easy test for HIV and know their status. This year, The POWER (Protecting Ourselves With Every Resource) Project of Chase Brexton will host an HIV testing event on June 27th from 11 am. to 3 pm. at the Y Knot Lot (1904 North […]

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 […]

Embrace Better Nutrition by ‘EATING YOUR RAINBOW’

Eating well doesn’t have to be hard or expensive for LGBT elders – it’s as easy as eating your rainbow! At a June 14th Lunch & Learn workshop presented by the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care, Tiana Matthews-Martinez, Chase Brexton’s nutritionist, will help elders understand which foods can boost their health, and which should be avoided. We asked Tiana to share some tips for healthy eating and better nutrition. What does it mean to “eat your rainbow” as a way to practice good nutrition? Unfortunately this isn’t referring to Skittles or Lucky Charms. Think about the produce […]

Honor Our LGBT Elders Day

LGBT Health Resource Center The stories, struggles, and trailblazing successes of Baltimore’s LGBT elders will be recognized at an upcoming event in celebration of National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day. Members of Baltimore’s LGBT community will come together for “Stories From The Community: The Elder Who Made a Difference in My Life,” a night of laughter, inspiration, recognition, and storytelling on May 16th from 6 to 8:30 pm at the Single Carrot Theatre (2600 North Howard Street, suite 1200). Learn more about the event at Tinyurl.com/LGBTelders2018. We asked Mark King, a Baltimore-based writer and activist, to discuss why he will […]

Making Your Home a Safe, Accessible Place to Age ‘Lunch & Learn’ May 10th

Increasingly, LGBT elders are aging in place – spending their golden years in the home they’ve always known. But as an individual’s health changes with age, their home must adapt to remain a safe and accessible environment. AARP Maryland will offer tips to improve the safety and comfort of one’s home at an upcoming Lunch & Learn workshop presented by the LGBT Health Resource Center on Thursday, May 10th from noon to 1:30 pm at Chase Brexton Health Care’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore). We asked Nancy Carr of AARP Maryland for some tips and tricks to […]

AIDS Walk & Run 2018: May 6th at Baltimore’s MD Zoo

  Hundreds of walkers, runners, and volunteers will take steps against HIV and AIDS in Baltimore at Chase Brexton Health Care’s fourth annual AIDS Walk & Run Baltimore, presented by Quest Diagnostics, on Sunday, May 6th at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. All proceeds from the AIDS Walk & Run Baltimore will support Chase Brexton’s HIV and AIDS programs, including assistance with medications, case management services, and medical care. A comprehensive health fair will once again be present at the end of the course offering health information, testing, and refreshments. Participants can register to walk or run, or start a […]