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AFC offers capacity building micro-grants for HIV direct service organizations

January 29, 2016

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is soliciting grant applications for its FY 2016 Sustainability and Organizational Development Program . The Program is based on an approach to capacity building that emphasizes agency effectiveness and impact and seeks to enhance the ability of organizations to achieve their missions. Qualified community-based organizations that want to improve agency...
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Top three things missing from Governor Rauner's state of the state address

January 28, 2016

In his annual State of the State address, Gov. Bruce Rauner talked about a myriad of policy initiatives , from worker’s comp and pension reform to economic development and term limits that he claims will improve the quality of life for all Illinoisans and make the state both “compassionate and competitive.” Here are the top three things the AIDS Foundation of Chicago...
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Joint statement on stopping discrimination against transgender students

January 22, 2016

We stand with transgender and gender nonconforming students in Illinois and denounce the blatantly discriminatory bill recently introduced in the Illinois House by Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Palatine). HB-4474 would force transgender and gender nonconforming students to use separate bathrooms and locker rooms and that’s plain wrong. Not only does this bill promote fear mongering,...
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#WTSWNTS when discussing condomless sex

January 19, 2016

by Elijah McKinnon, digital communications coordinator “What to say // What not to say” is a series that explores the nuances associated with navigating topics related to HIV and AIDS, sexual health and relationships. When’s the last time you frantically searched for a condom in the middle of a hot and steamy moment? As a young, queer person who...
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Counter-conference raises awareness of those left out of National HIV/AIDS Strategy

January 15, 2016

by Lindsey Arenberg Policy and advocacy fellow, HIV PJA and AFC The sea of red umbrellas, the symbol of sex worker solidarity, could be seen from the stage of the National HIV Prevention Conference (NHPC)’s opening plenary featuring Douglas Brooks, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy for the White House. The umbrellas were part of a protest organized by AFC Community...
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10 tweets that tell the story of HIV in 2015

January 14, 2016

2015 was a big year for HIV! Not only were there huge advancements in science, but the epidemic also found its way back into mainstream media through art, pop culture and social activism. As we gear up for another stimulating year of progression towards putting an end to new HIV diagnoses, take a peek at these 10 tweets that tell the story of a big year in the HIV epidemic (in no particular order):...
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Harvard and AFC identify best IL health care plans for people with HIV

January 12, 2016

The deadline to enroll in health care coverage is approaching fast. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Harvard Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation recently published a collaborative health marketplace analysis that identifies this year’s best health plans for people living with HIV and other chronic conditions in Illinois. Quality Health Plan Assessments were...
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Fighting for Black liberation in Chicago

December 22, 2015

Maxx Boykin on stigma, Laquan McDonald and the end of state and community violence A steady fire is burning in Chicago. The flames of racial injustice have licked the edges of one of America’s largest and most powerful cities since long before the Great Chicago Fire. Almost one month ago, that fire was fed by the release of a video — a video showing one more example...
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Envisioning health equity: Bhuttu Mathews' story from rock-bottom to redemption

December 17, 2015

by Mirhanda Alewine, communications coordinator Bhuttu Mathews, a member of Illinois Alliance for Sound AIDS Policy (IL ASAP), uses his experiences as an immigrant and person living with HIV to advocate for other Illinoisans experiencing health inequity. Take a moment to imagine that everyone has access to health care, regardless of race, sex, gender, age, socioeconomic status...
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US Congress strengthens HIV/AIDS services in new budget

December 16, 2015

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) lauds the U.S. Congress in their relentless work to negotiate and pass a domestic budget that continues to strengthen and support critical HIV/AIDS services and programs into 2016. Under the budget deal, Congress has made several noteworthy bipartisan commitments in their support for domestic HIV/AIDS programming, including: Ensuring...
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