Looking Ahead to U=U in 2020

More than three years ago, the Prevention Access Campaign launched the U=U initiative, an international effort to spread the scientific consensus that individuals with HIV who maintain an undetectable viral load cannot sexually transmit the virus to others. On World AIDS Day 2018, Baltimore joined that consensus with the unveiling of U=U Maryland, a community-led coalition working to spread the U=U message in Baltimore and beyond. As U=U looks ahead to its fourth year, we caught up with Murray Penner, the North American executive director for the Prevention Access Campaign, to learn more about the current state of the U=U […]

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft in the New Year

Identity theft remains a serious threat to the financial well-being of individuals of all ages, and LGBT elders face additional challenges in keeping their personal information secure. Tips and strategies to help keep personal information out of the hands of thieves will be offered at an upcoming workshop hosted by the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care. The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, January 9th 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 […]

Ringing in the New Year

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 […]

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 […]

Comemmorating World AIDS Day 2019

Join Chase Brexton Health Care and its community partners on World AIDS Day, Sunday, December 1st, for “A Celebration of Perseverance,” a memorial march through Mount Vernon, followed by a prayer breakfast. The event will honor those we’ve lost, rejoice with our long-term thrives, and celebrate how far we’ve come to support one another, improve health care, and get closer to an end to the HIV epidemic. “World AIDS Day is important because it gives us the opportunity to educate the community on the importance of HIV testing and prevention,” said Tonya Williamson, project coordinator for the POWER (Protecting Ourselves […]

Health Insurance Open Enrollment is Here

Open enrollment is here, and everything you need to know to determine your eligibility and get signed up for health insurance will be discussed at the LGBT Health Resource Center’s next Lunch & Learn workshop. The workshop will take place on Thursday, November 14th from noon to 1:30 pm in the community rooms at Chase Brexton’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore). The session will be presented by Chase Brexton Health Care social work case managers Alyson Mullie and Robin Mayfield, along with eligibility specialist Ronday Wilson. We asked the trio to share a bit of the information […]

Starting the U=U Conversation in Maryland

The Baltimore City Health Department and community partners across the city joined the international U=U conversation last December with the launch of the U=U Maryland campaign, spreading the scientific consensus that HIV-positive individuals with an undetectable viral load cannot transmit the disease to sexual partners. In the months since, the campaign has been a presence at community events, resource fairs, and health discussions across the city. Guiding the campaign’s efforts is its community board, chaired by Anthony McCarty. We asked Andrew to reflect on the first year of U=U Maryland, and what it took to bring the campaign’s message to […]

All About Our Pronouns at Chase Brexton Health Care

It’s Pronoun-palooza at Chase Brexton Health Care! Our centers are honored to serve nearly 4,000 gender-diverse children, adolescents, adults, and elders. In creating a welcoming, affirming care environment, using the appropriate name and pronoun for every patient is non-negotiable. In that spirit, our LGBT Health Resource Center is leading an internal campaign about the importance of correct pronouns in patient care. Using the patient’s chosen name and appropriate pronoun isn’t just good manners – it’s good health care. Demonstrating respect by seeing someone as the whole person they are is the basis of a therapeutic relationship. The cost of being […]

Upcoming Workshop to Discuss Abuse in the LGBT Community

If you needed help to escape an abusive relationship, where would you go? What long-lasting impacts can abuse have on an individual? What barriers does the LGBT community face in improving the resources available to survivors? The topic and more will be discussed at the next “Lunch and Learn” event, hosted by the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care on Thursday, October 10th from noon to 1:30 pm in the community rooms at Chase Brexton’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore). We asked Kate Bishop, education coordinator for the LGBT Health Resource Center, and social […]

Back-To-School Guide for LGBTQ Students

Back-to-school can be an anxious time for many LGBTQ youth, who may expect to face bullying, humiliation, and discrimination at school. Though the atmosphere for LGBTQ students has improved greatly in the past decade, school can still be a rough place to spend your day. In the 2017 National School Climate Survey, national LGBTQ student advocacy group GLSEN found that 90% of Maryland students heard homophobic, biphobic or transphobic slurs at school. More than half of queer and gender diverse high school students had been verbally harassed, a quarter were physically harassed, and 10% had been physically assaulted. When our […]