Walgreens Contribution Helps Exceed Lifeline Appeal Goal

More than $650,000 raised in 50 days, thanks to community support

Chicago, IL–(ENEWSPF)–Walgreens contribution of $25,000 to the Howard Brown Health Center’s Lifeline Appeal campaign brings the campaign’s total donations to more than $650,000 and ensures the center will remain open. 

“We are extremely grateful to Walgreens for its generosity and support. They helped make possible what seemed impossible when we announced the Lifeline Appeal 50 days ago – yet it happened because of this kind of support from the community,” said Jamal M. Edwards, President and CEO of Howard Brown Health Center.

For more than 20 years, Walgreens has supported and worked with Howard Brown Health Center to promote health and wellness in the LGBTQA community.

“We are glad we could help Howard Brown Health Center successfully close its ambitious Lifeline Appeal campaign,” said Glen Pietrandoni, Walgreens Pharmacy Services Manager.  “We look forward to continuing to support Howard Brown as it revitalizes itself to address the health care needs of our shared community.” 

Howard Brown Health Center and Walgreens have collaborated in several ways to meet the health care needs of the LGBTQA community.  For example, Walgreens manages Howard Brown’s 340B pharmacy program, which allows Howard Brown to provide substantially discounted prescription drugs to patients who otherwise may not be able to afford their medications.  Also, this program generates significant cost savings that Howard Brown can then use to support and expand its clinical services.   

Beginning Jan. 1, 2011, Walgreens will expand its participation in Howard Brown’s 340B program beyond the Sheridan Road clinic to include Walgreens locations at Clark & Barry and Broadway & Ridge.

This will enable Howard Brown and Walgreens to also serve Howard Brown patients at the TRIAD Health Practice, which Howard Brown operates in the Illinois Masonic Professional building at 3000 N. Halsted. 

Any new or existing insured patient can help support the mission of Howard Brown Health Center, simply by accessing medical or behavioral health care at its TRIAD Health Practice (773-294-8400) and having the prescriptions from Howard Brown’s providers filled at any of the three conveniently located Walgreens stores that participate in Howard Brown’s 340B program.  Howard Brown is currently accepting new insured patients at TRIAD Health Practice, and appointments are available quickly. 

Walgreens will also soon begin an in-store donation program for Howard Brown at select north side stores. Customers will have the opportunity to support Howard Brown Health Center by purchasing a $1, $5 or $10 Lifeline Appeal Heart, with all proceeds going to Howard Brown Health Center. Each customer will be able to sign their Lifeline Appeal Heart, which will be posted in the store.

“This is an extraordinary partnership that continues to improve services and the care for our community,” said Edwards. 

The Lifeline Appeal funds help support Howard Brown program and services to more than 36,000 people annually.

To donate to Howard Brown’s Lifeline appeal, please visit www.HowardBrown.org or call (773) 388-1600.

About Howard Brown Health Center

Founded in 1974, Howard Brown is now one of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning and allies (LGBTQA) organizations. The agency serves more than 36,000 adults and youth each year in its diverse health and social service delivery system focused around seven major programmatic divisions: primary medical care, behavioral health, research, HIV/STD prevention, youth services, elder services, and community initiatives. Howard Brown is a multi-site operation based in Chicago and includes a main health and research center in the Uptown neighborhood TRIAD Health practice at Illinois Masonic Hospital, the Broadway Youth Center, and three Brown Elephant resale shops in Chicago and Oak Park.