Posts by Kayla Brown

Staff Spotlight: Hannah Berkowitz

Hannah Berkowitz, Legal Council Staff Attorney Legal Council just keeps growing! Two months ago, we welcomed over 10 new employees in our legal programs, development team, and administrative team. Legal Council has many exciting projects coming up, so we’re taking the time to highlight the projects and our new team members in our new blog…

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Living True: Transgender Day of Remembrance

Almost 20 years ago, transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith started the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) to honor Rita Hester, a transgender woman killed in her own home in 1998. Her death was widely ignored by the media and many today still don’t know who Rita was. Her death remains unsolved. TDOR is a day…

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Client Focus: Sasha

From day one life forced Sasha to put up a fight. When she was born, she was infected with HIV and was a child of the foster care system. At age six she was diagnosed with AIDS. Despite the trauma and health struggles she experienced, by 2014 Sasha was thriving. It seemed she was doing…

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IL Governor Signs Stock Asthma Rescue Medication

With help from Legal Council’s children and family advocates, the ‘Stock Asthma Rescue Medication’ bill (SB 3015) has been signed by Gov. Rauner and is now Public Act 100-0726. This victory will promote access to proper asthmatic care to children in need, allowing schools to voluntarily stock asthma rescue medication and for trained staff to administer it…

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Celebrating #LegalCouncilPride

This Pride Month, Legal Council for Health Justice had a blast participating in the Chicago Pride Parade!   We would like to thank not only the Chicago Spirit Brigade for raising funds for our programs but also to everyone who marched with us. Happy Pride!  

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Pharmacies: An Endangered Species

A growing trend in the low income neighborhoods of Chicago is causing a great deal of concern for public health. Compared to white neighborhoods, black and Latino communities are being labeled as pharmacy deserts. “Pharmacy deserts” are neighborhoods that are suffering from various pharmacy closures. These vulnerable communities are usually less affluent and home to minorities and senior citizens. When pharmacies close, these residents are left behind without basic needs.

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