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Howard Brown To Open New Health Center On Clark Street


Rendering of the new HBHC Center

Howard Brown Health Center, one of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) organizations, will open a new medical clinic at 6500 N. Clark St., according to that a press release from that organization. 

With its new designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center, this opportunity will allow the clinic to open by year’s end.

Technically located in Rogers Park, the new clinic will be located just a block north of Edgewater and will surely service many of both community’s residents.

The clinic will be co-located with Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ circulating library with more than 14,000 volumes, 800 periodical titles, and 100 archival collections.

David Ernesto Munar, President and CEO of Howard Brown Health Center, said, “The new site, located in an emerging hub for LGBTQ culture in Chicago, furthers Howard Brown’s mission to eliminate the disparities in healthcare experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning people. Sharing a space with Gerber/Hart also gives us an exciting opportunity to provide a robust wellness experience that impacts a visitor’s body, mind and spirit.”

The new, 15,000 square-foot medical center will offer all its health services there by early 2016. Those services will include primary health care (including sliding scale options), behavioral health, wrap-around support, educational opportunities and a meeting/event space.

The Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, which has been at the location since 2013, has expressed excitement about the new partnership with Howard Brown. 

Carrie Barnett, board president of Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, said, “For decades, Gerber/Hart has been an important repository that documents Chicago’s rich LGBTQ history. Sharing a space with Howard Brown will provide new opportunities for the community to learn about and connect with our movement’s beginnings, local leaders, art and contributions to this great city.”

Founded in 1974, Howard Brown Health Center has been at the forefront of LGBTQ health issues since its inception. With an annual budget of more than $22 million, it serves 18,000 patients a year, including adults and youth.

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