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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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IL House Passes Bill for Comprehensive Sexual Health Education

April 17, 2013

ACLU-IL , AFC , and Planned Parenthood Support Landmark Measure Media contact for ACLU-IL: Edwin Yohnka (312-201-9740, ext. 305 / eyohnka@ACLU-il.org) Media contact for AFC: Ramon Gardenhire (301-379-3024 / rgardenhire@aidschicago.org) Media contact for Planned Parenthood: Lara Philipps (312-592-6820 / larap@ppil.org) The Illinois House of...
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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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President's Budget Preserves Essential HIV/AIDS Programs, Removes Sequester

April 11, 2013

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) applauds President Barack Obama’s 2014 fiscal year budget proposal, which preserves federal funding for essential AIDS-related care, prevention and housing services and dismantles the harmful discretionary funding cuts known as “sequestration.” “Under sequestration, low-income Americans will experience devastating cuts in health...
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Doing Right by Her Family Name

April 9, 2013

Michelle wants you to know her name. She’s proud of it, empowered by it, and she identifies with its deep history. We can’t publish her last name for confidentiality purposes; however, her enthusiasm is sincere. In fact, she recently spoke at a 100,000 Homes Campaign celebration, sharing her name, her past, and her goals with a large audience over lunch. Michelle...
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A Double Anniversary: Ten Years Running

April 3, 2013

John Peller is a perfect 10 for 10. As the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) celebrates its tenth year of fighting HIV/AIDS with endurance sports, Peller is doing the same. He joined the National AIDS Marathon Training Program in 2003 to prepare for his first marathon. Athletics had never been his forte in high school or college, but the urge to run 26.2 miles constantly...
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Comprehensive Sex-education Bill Gains Momentum in Illinois House

March 28, 2013

A bill for comprehensive sexual health education in Illinois (HB 2675) moved out of House Human Services committee on March 13 by a vote of 9-6 and awaits a full House vote. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is part of a statewide partnership that has been advocating heavily for this legislation for four years. “We’ve lobbied on it, engaged lawmakers, written...
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AFC to State Insurance Dept: Heath Plans Must Provide Solid HIV Benefits

March 28, 2013

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) submitted on March 27, 2013 comments to the Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) on the standards insurance plans must meet to be included on the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace. The marketplace (also known as the exchange) will be an interactive website that will allow individuals and small businesses to purchase more affordable private health...
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Creating a Culture of Coverage

March 26, 2013

Individuals with HIV/AIDS, as well as other vulnerable people, will have an easier time accessing health care in the coming months as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the national health reform law. But linking them with coverage will be a challenge. “Essentially, people just don’t know the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace is here,” quipped...
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