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State-Run Health Insurance Marketplace: Why AFC Opposes HB 3227

May 15, 2013

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) recently made the difficult decision to oppose legislation that creates a state-federal partnership for operating Illinois’ health insurance marketplace. We base this decision  on the poor consumer protections in the bill. House Bill 3227 ( Senate Amendment 2 ) is backed by our partners, including Campaign for Better Health Care (CBHC),...
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VIDEO: Chris Wade Speaks at Rally for Human Care

May 13, 2013

Chris Wade has a powerful voice. As a member of the Illinois Alliance for Sound AIDS Policy , a group convened by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), Chris traveled to Springfield to participate in Lobby Days on May 8. AFC organized 40 individuals from the state’s northern and central regions to urge lawmakers to continue funding HIV care and supportive services; however, Wade...
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Inside Story Wins Two Silver Awards of Distinction

May 7, 2013

You might want to sit down for this: You’re reading a blog post about this blog—this award-winning blog. Not to be too self-serving, but we need to toot our horn for a minute. The International Academy of the Visual Arts announced winners of the 2013 Communicator Awards on Thursday, April 30, and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s Inside Story won two silver awards...
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Give OUT Day: A Spotlight on Rectal Microbicides

May 3, 2013

Rectal microbicides are the next wave of protection against HIV, and you can join the movement by supporting the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s Give OUT Day advocacy campaign on May 9 . Learn about the power and potential of rectal microbicides by downloading this podcast, where AFC’s Jim Pickett and Ryan Singleton discuss ways...
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AIDS Housing Soars on Report Card Day

April 29, 2013

Report card day can be a source of anxiety for some, but for Chicago’s AIDS housing sector, it was a time to smile. “It’s really just extraordinary to gather and celebrate,” said David Ernesto Munar, President/CEO of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), speaking at an annual gathering on April 25. “Over the past five years, AIDS housing stock increased...
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Lobby Days 2013: A Correctional Health Care System

April 25, 2013

Cheryl Davies-Booth was one of nearly 40. On April 10, she traveled with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and a band of advocates to Springfield for Lobby Days. Most of the activists aboard the southbound bus were eager to encourage funding for lifesaving HIV services and to support other bills that were gaining steam in the General Assembly, but Cheryl, a case manager...
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Pioneer of the One-Third

April 23, 2013

Rev. Doris Green understands the research: Nearly two-thirds of state inmates, she claims, return to prison within three years of their release. Though the recidivism rate in Illinois is high, Rev. Green is working to reverse this trend, and she’s doing it with award-winning care. “Two thirds of the population always go back to prison,” said Rev. Green, director of correctional...
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AFC's Spring Dinner: We Laughed, We Celebrated, We Made a Difference

April 19, 2013

Nobody was out of reach from comedian Paula Poundstone’s sarcastic jabs at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s Spring Dinner, as she poked fun of Dean Richards, MC for the April 18 event; Chicago’s weather; and even the foundation’s corporate sponsors. “I thought we were safe,” quipped Bill Gerardi, chief medical officer at Aetna Better Health, after the event...
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The Evany Factor: Impact of an Advocate

April 16, 2013

Evany Turk believes in change. As a warm, respected ambassador in many of Chicago’s underserved neighborhoods, she doesn’t just talk about making a difference; she lives it. The Illinois House of Representatives recently passed a comprehensive, sexual health education bill, and Evany, an advocate for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), stood behind the measure and continues...
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AFC's Cynthia Tucker Receives Woman of Excellence Award

April 12, 2013

Cynthia Tucker is a woman of excellence. For decades, she has been a relentless champion of the HIV/AIDS movement, serving currently as director of prevention and community partnerships at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC). On April 25, she will receive an honor that’s as fitting as the virtues she embodies: The Chicago Defender will present her with the 2013 Women...
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