EPISODE 4 | All the Little Signs that Tell Us We’re Welcome – LGBTQ Health Equity with Howard Brown Health

Kristin Keglovitz-Baker discusses LGBTQ healthcare, with a call to action for allies, members of the LGBTQ community, and leaders.

If you’ve worked yourself out of a mission, you’ve succeeded.

When Kristin Keglovitz-Baker, Chief Operating Officer of Howard Brown Health – one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ health organizations – stated this quote in our interview, it hit us hard. It’s a short, powerful statement with a lot of punch.


We spent the entire car ride from the Administrative offices of Howard Brown Health in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood to our Northwestern offices discussing the power of a solid – usually simple – mission.

The mission of Howard Brown is straightforward – to eliminate disparities in healthcare experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. For the last thirty years, Howard Brown Health has been paving the way in this arena and making continuous headway towards this mission. In a time seemingly riddled with bigotry, uncertainty, and lines drawn in the sand, Howard Brown is serving as a safe haven, a resource, and a guiding light towards the future for individuals among the LGBTQ community.

On a hot morning in July, we sat down with Kristin to discuss LGBTQ health, healthcare, rights, and trying to make a difference in Chicago during an uncertain time.



EDIT: This episode was recorded and produced well before the string of events that occurred in Charlottesville, VA on August 13. Skinny Trees is overwhelmingly proud to discuss topics such as the ones you’ll hear in this episode with people like Kristin (and Tom, Michael, and Susan from Access Living, Dr. Linda Rae Murray, and Dr. Melissa Simon). We continue to take a stand for healthcare equality while standing in the face of bigotry and racism and we are glad that so many of you stand next to us. We move onwards and upwards united. 

EPISODE 2 | On ‘Breaking the Rules’ with one of Chicago’s most prominent Social Activists, Dr. Linda Rae Murray

On Healthcare, Education & Politics in a changing climate with Dr. Linda Rae Murray


How do you feel about the last month?

We have a new {future} President. We have a changing America.

On Episode 2, we dive a little deeper into this…

The front door of Dr. Murray’s home

Just from Dr. Linda Rae Murray’s painted door to her home, one can quickly tell she is a little different from all the rest…

Dr. Murray is one of the largest personalities we will most likely ever to have grace Skinny Trees and is quick to have an unfiltered, real-talk, open conversation about things that are on her heart. A social activist, educator, clinician, and self-proclaimed revolutionary, Dr. Murray has spent her long career giving a voice to the medically undeserved.


Having graduated from UIC medical school, Dr. Murray started her medical career at Cook County Hospital, where she ultimately went on to become the Chief Medical Officer of Primary Care & Community Health. Throughout her career, she held high-level positions at community-based clinics throughout Chicago, such as Near North and Woodlawn Health Center, held an appointment as the Medical Director of the Manitoba Federation of Labour in Canada, and became the President of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Throughout it all, she has stood as a strong voice for patient care of the uninsured and underinsured, for students – specifically those of color, and for the justice of marginalized populations.

We sat down with Dr. Murray on a cold, Friday morning in her home to discuss her take on politics, education, healthcare, breaking the rules, and the overall changing climate of America.

S H O W   N O T E S

We’d like to especially thank Da In Lee who interviewed students to get their reaction regarding the election- this was played in the intro of this podcast, to Kurt Swan Jr. for a student music submission (outro music) from Black Swan Productions, and to Tone Jonez.



Interview with Dr. Linda Rae Murray:






EPISODE 1 | Deciphering Health Equity Language with Dr. Melissa Simon

An interview with Dr. Melissa Simon reveals the language nuances on health equity.


WELCOME TO THE FIRST EPISODE OF SKINNY TREES: AN EXPLORATION OF HEALTH INEQUITIES IN & AROUND CHICAGOWe are so excited you dropped by our little corner of the web to listen to EPISODE 1 | Deciphering Health Equity Language with Dr. Melissa Simon.

We hope you enjoy listening as much as we have enjoyed creating.

Episode 1 was created to set the scene for the content of Skinny Trees and the reoccurring themes we will discuss over the next 6 months of season 1. We interview Dr. Melissa Simon to better understand the landscape of health equity and to learn more about the varying terms of health disparities/inequality/inequities.

{As a reminder, all episodes can also be found on iTunes. Search for Skinny Trees by typing, “health inequities chicago”}

We also highlight a great example of equality versus equity – follow along with the image below during that narrative! IISC_EqualityEquity.png

We also spotlight one of our unique content areas, 5 in 5, or 5 health facts in 5 minutes. 5 in 5 is delivered to you by Da In Lee, a 2016 ChicagoCHEC Summer Research Fellow and undergraduate student at Northeastern Illinois University.

dainDa In will cover:

  • Recent updates on the Zika Virus and what you should know
  • The global health workforce
  • Recent developments on a polymer to fight super bugs
  • VIolence as a public health issue
  • Flu season – have you received a vaccine?

For a complete list of show notes (including low-cost locations in Chicago to receive a flu vaccine) please see below! 

And lastly, we want to highlight the amazing talents of Elizabeth Breen, a 2016 ChicagoCHEC Summer Research Fellow and undergraduate student at University of Illinois at Chicago, who supplied us with the opening music track. The song is titled The Heat off of the album, Havin’ Stuff  and Being Pretty. For more information on where to purchase the track, please see show notes below.

S H O W   N O T E S 


5 in 5: