Howard Brown Health and Chicago Dancers United (CDU) have announced a partnership to improve healthcare outcomes for local dance community members. Through the partnership, Howard Brown will be the go-to referral source for dance industry professionals looking for quality healthcare services at little to no cost.
"Howard Brown is honored to provide new access points for healthcare services for the Chicago dance community, a talented and diverse group of local artists," said Channyn Parker, director of strategic partnerships at Howard Brown Health. "Supporting dance industry professionals is vital to reaching communities that may not have access to health insurance. We look forward to supporting Chicago's dance community through this partnership."
Beginning immediately, Howard Brown Health will refer Chicago dance community members to primary care physicians, dentists, mental health professionals, and more at its clinics for little to no cost. While individuals can make an appointment at any Howard Brown clinic, the partnership "clinic of choice" will be in Hyde Park at Howard Brown Health 55th Street, 1525 E. 55th St. For a full list of clinics, visit www.howardbrown.org .
Dance industry professionals using Howard Brown's suite of services will be able to apply to The Dancers' Fund to have any medical appointment co-pays covered.
"This partnership with Howard Brown Health is going to allow Chicago Dancers United to connect our dance community to health services that may have been challenging to access previously," said CDU Board President Michael Anderson. "It's a game changer for CDU as we continue helping our dance community remain healthy."
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The mission of Chicago Dancers United is to foster the health and wellness of Chicago's professional dance community by providing financial support through The Dancers' Fund for preventative health care and critical medical needs. Anyone working in or retired from a professional capacity within Chicago's dance communitydancers, technical staff, administrators, choreographers, instructors, accompanists, and moreis eligible. Chicago Dancers United is supported, in part, by Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and the MacArthur Funds for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.