This year’s Black & Red event raised money for the Brownstone Clinic, a place dedicated to serving people who would otherwise have no place to turn for healthcare. Many of the clinic’s patients are homeless and unemployed, struggling with psychiatric disorders, cultural barriers, and a lack of healthcare literacy. Without the clinic, many patients might wait months for an appointment with a specialist or forgo much-needed treatment altogether. Unlike community clinics with staff dedicated solely to their facility, the Brownstone is unique in that Hartford Hospital physicians and specialists from all medical fields donate their time to the clinic so our community patients are seen by the very best physicians.
With all that it does, the busy Brownstone Ambulatory Care Services has outgrown its current location on Retreat Avenue in Hartford. A new clinic building at 132-138 Jefferson Street will open in spring 2019. Proceeds from the Black & Red will support Hartford Hospital’s commitment to serving the most vulnerable in our community.
The Black & Red event was also used to promote Hartford HealthCare’s public-facing campaign aimed at keeping our communities safer by helping people dispose of prescription drugs responsibly. According to a study by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, as many as 6.2 million people misuse controlled prescription drugs. Visit BeRxesponsible.org to learn the facts about prescription medication dangers and also sign up to receive a drug deactivation kit.
Watch “A Night of Black & Red,” hosted by Rebecca Stewart and Rob Dibble on NBC Connecticut.