Avoiding the “Great Imitator”: Syphilis Facts and Prevention

Syphilis remains an often-overlooked public health problem in Baltimore, but anyone who is sexually active should know the signs of this disease, as well as methods of treatment and prevention. According to the Maryland Department of Health, cases of syphilis statewide increased by more than 12 percent last year from the year before, along with similar increases in gonorrhea and chlamydia. Last fall, executives at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the country was losing ground in preventing new cases of these diseases. Before we talk about treatment and prevention of syphilis, let’s briefly talk about the disease […]

2019: To Your Health!

LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care WITH 2019 ALMOST upon us, the staff of the LGBT Health Resource Center took a moment to share their New Year’s resolutions and hopes for our community. Sam McClure, director – As I look into 2019, I want to see our patients in a safe and affirming environment for all their health care needs. I also hope to see our community taking positive pro-active steps towards health and wellness. When we have detractors and political factions working against us, elemental power comes from our commitments to taking good care of ourselves […]

How to Avoid Holiday Stress

The holidays can be a particularly stressful time of year for LGBT elders, from dealing with their families or families of choice to budgeting their time, energy, and finances. Tips for managing this 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 13th from noon to 1:30 pm in the community rooms at Chase Brexton’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore). Anyone interested in attending or receiving more information on this upcoming Lunch and […]

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 […]

Taking Care of Our Community Transgender politics in focus

Since my last writing about the very personal and intimate sting of the news cycle, which revealed proposals to redefine sex and gender in a way that would roll back years of diligent work and progress that brought awareness to the true nature of gender, I’ve though more about how we take care of ourselves and our community and all the ways we can do more. As we begin Transgender Awareness Month, we’ll have many opportunities to gather in support and solidarity with transgender individuals. Many of us will attend a vigil to honor the Transgender Day of Remembrance. We […]

Amid Anger, Sadness, and Fear

The news cycle has been full of troubling and confusing news for the LGBTQ community this past week. Like many of you, I’ve been reading lots of articles, thought leadership and activism reacting to what appears to be information “leaked” out of the federal government threatening changes in the definitions of a person’s gender as solely determined by their sex at birth. I’ve had moments of anger and sadness, and fear. Through it all, what’s remained top of mind for me as the Director of the LGBT Health Resource Center (LHRC) at Chase Brexton is this: We provide welcoming and […]

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 […]

Chase Brexton to commemorate 40 years of service Charm Ball 2018

Chase Brexton Health Care will honor its four decades of welcoming, affirming care with a special journey through the organization’s past, present, and future at Charm Ball 2018, set for Saturday, September 22nd at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel. Current and former board members and staff will guide guests through the challenges and victories of decades past and share an exciting glimpse of what’s to come, all in support of Chase Brexton’s Hope Lives Here Fund, serving some of Maryland’s most vulnerable populations. Tickets are now available at Charmball.org. “Founded by and for the LGBT community in 1978, Chase Brexton has […]

Seeking Support for Coping with Alzheimer’s Disease

Facing a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, or the prospect of caring for someone suffering from it, can be terrifying for LGBT elders. Fortunately, resources and a support group of others living the same experience is available. Those resources and information about the group will be presented at an upcoming Lunch & Learn workshop hosted by the LGBT Health Resource Center and the Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater Maryland Chapter. The workshop will be held at Chase Brexton Health Care’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street) on Tuesday, September 13th from noon to 1:30 pm. We asked Junnell Daniels, education coordinator with […]