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Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC)

Grantee Information

Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC)
4025 N. Sheridan Rd. Chicago, IL 60613
773-388-8864 (Phone)
773-388-8887 (Fax)

The Howard Brown Health Center is the only community-based organization (CBO) in Chicago with combined substance abuse treatment, HIV/AIDS prevention, testing services, and primary medical care targeted to the LGBT community. They provide culturally-competent and comprehensive care to medically underserved populations in metropolitan Chicago.

Grant Project Information

Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) CTA-CD
Beau Gratzer


The purpose of the project is to extend a grant that was originally awarded from Sept. 1, 2005 to Aug. 31, 2008. That project consisted of a collaboration between Howard Brown Health Center and the Executive Service Corps of Chicago (ESCC) to provide technical assistance and capacity development to minority-serving organizations to help them design and implement effective HIV/AIDS services and programs. ESCC provided administrative support to improve agencies' fiscal and operational capacity to deliver those services. The current project proposes a collaboration between HBHC, South Side Help Center (a minority-serving CBO), Haymarket Center (a substance abuse and mental health program) and a community-based health center to provide technical assistance and capacity development. Chicago’s minority populations follow the national trends. Most individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Chicago are in the ethnic/racial minority, with African Americans making up the largest percentage of the HIV/AIDS cases. The taret population for this project are agencies providing services to minority populations regarding HIV/AIDS prevention, substance use, and associated mental health issues. The project plans to implement the following strategies/practices or interventions:

  • Implement single and/or multi-day, skills-building service provider trainings,
  • One-on-one programmatic technical assistance that helps minority-serving agencies design and implement effective HIV prevention programs and
  • One-on-one administrative technical assistance that helps organizations enhance their infrastructure by assisting them to develop and strengthen their organizational systems and evaluation plans.
They subsequently expect the following outcomes:
  • Enhance administrative capacity of 18-24 community organizations per year,
  • Enhance integration of HIV prevention, substance use treatment/mental health services into service delivery of 18-24 minority-serving organizations and
  • Increase access to HIV prevention, substance abuse treatment, and supportive services.

Evaluation data will be collected by the three agencies on a routine basis. Data will be reported to an evaluator at HBHC. Performance indicators that will be used to conduct the evaluation include detailed information about agencies applying for technical assitance, information about the seminars and conferences, and data regarding the number of service units provided by each client agency at baseline compared to at the conclusion of technical assistance activities. Outcome evaluation measures include pre and post surveys to assess knowledge gains (particularly at the trainings) and the number of minority-serving organizations engaged and served. One other performance indicator is to measure the beginnings of sustained impacts like the development of new networks of care. This will be measured through a combination of self-reported survey feedback from CBOs within the network, those involved in informal/formal linkage agreements, and through qualitiatve feeeddback from one-on-one technical assistance sessions.

OMH objective(s) towards which the project's results most contribute
  • Increased awareness, education, & outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health & health disparities problems
  • Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health & other community-based services and systems through user-centered design for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., health IT, culturally/ linguistically appropriate services, service provider education/ training, workforce diversity)
  • Strengthened leadership and coordination to leverage resources and enhance effectiveness and efficiency of individual and collective efforts (including, but not limited to, research and data)

Key (not more than 5) Healthy People 2010 objectives or subobjectives (by number and name) towards which your project's results most contribute (see Appendix 3 of OMH’s Evaluation Planning Guidelines at

  • Improve access of quality health services for priority racial/ethnic minorities.
  • Number of individuals participating in OMH-funded grant program activities per year
  • Number and percent of individuals with increased awareness and knowledge of racial/ethnic minority health problems and how to address such problems as a result of OMH-funded program participation.
  • Number of racial/ethnic minority health improvement and/or health disparities related strategic plans developed to facilitate leadership and organizational effectiveness.
  • Number of partnerships facilitated and/or established to enhance coordination and collaboration on racial/ethnic minority health disparities problems.

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