Here at the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care, we are grateful for another very productive and full year living our mission in 2019. At the heart of our work is providing welcoming and affirming health care for our LGBT patients.

I’m very proud to say that our LGBT Health Equity Training Team provided more training and education to medical and behavioral health providers this past year than ever before. We know that medical education and training rarely includes the critical information that providers need in order to deliver affirming health care to LGBT patients, and we are determined to change that.

More individuals are seeking out our behavioral health services than ever before, and we continue to offer a wide array of therapeutic and support groups. These services and groups are specifically tailored to meet the needs of LGBT patients and the unique challenges they face in receiving effective behavioral health care.

2019 was a year of firsts for me in my role. I enjoyed being a part of my very first National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day event as well as participating in my very first ElderPride at my first Baltimore Pride Festival. If you watched the Pride Parade, you couldn’t miss the large contingent from Chase Brexton and our fantastic purple Llamacorn shirts. It was an incredibly fun and festive experience and I can’t wait to do it again!

One of the most transformative things in my work this year was hearing directly from our patients. People tell me their concerns about their health care. They tell me when they have challenges with their health and with their health care. I hear when we get their care right and I also hear when we get it wrong. I learn from every conversation and endeavor to help solve problems. Some problems are simple to solve, and others are very complex however this extraordinary team is committed to making Chase Brexton Health Care a truly welcoming and affirming health care environment.

As I look forward to 2020, I want to invite you to be a part of the work we’re doing here. I hope we will be your health care resource and I hope to see you at one of our many events throughout the year.

Remember: Be Healthy, Be Proud, Be You. 

The author is director of Chase Brexton’s LGBT Health Resource Center. To learn more about its programs, groups, classes, and initiatives, visit Resourcecenter.lgbt.