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AFC announces 2016 Ryan White award recipients

November 23, 2015

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The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is pleased to announce the 30 organizations selected to receive an estimated $7 million in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grants to serve the HIV community throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.  

Funding through the federal Ryan White program, which distributes $2.3 billion nationwide to support people living with HIV, allows AFC to create a system of collaborative partnerships between Chicago-based organizations, establishing holistic and quality care for clients in Cook and the surrounding nine counties. 

According to Simone Koehlinger, AFC's senior vice president of programs, "The Ryan White program and the coordinated system of care that AFC leads is vital. This safety net ensures that people living with HIV —specifically those who do not have insurance or who have inadequate insurance  can get the care they need." 

"Funding for these services comes from the Chicago and Illinois Departments of Public Health. We are grateful for these funders for providing outstanding leadership for HIV services in the Chicago metro area and beyond," said Koehlinger.

In August, AFC released its first Ryan White request for proposals (RFP) in over five years, inviting Chicago-area organizations to submit applications for funding their support programs for people living with HIVThe majority of funding supports organizations that work to keep HIV-positive clients connected to care through the largest coordinated HIV case management system in the country, led by AFC.

"Over the past several years, the case management system has been adjusting to the changes that have come with the Affordable Care ActOur increased understanding of this new system has highlighted opportunities to continue to serve our clients in new and increasingly better ways," says Iliana Gilliland, AFC's director of care  

To make selections that would generate the greatest impact for clients, AFC coordinated proposal review panels consisting of AFC staff, Board members and public health professionals. Each panel scored proposals collaboratively based on their wide range of perspectives. AFC used the scores of these panels, as well as information about communities hardest hit by the epidemic and the experience of the applying organizations, to make its final assessments.

Bashirat OsunmakindeAFC's director of Ryan White client servicessays, "We selected applicants who demonstrated an understanding of client needs and the new health care landscape.Roman Buenrostro, AFC's director of special projects, adds, "The shift in the larger health care system presented AFC with the opportunity to work with funders and partner agencies to build an even more impactful and responsive model of service delivery."

The announcement of the Ryan White award recipients closely follows the release of Positive Momentum, AFC's new strategic plan, in which the organization commits to improving health equity and mobilizing communities to serve the HIV community in Illinois. The organization plans to reach these goals by refocusing its efforts on populations highly impacted by or vulnerable to the virus. The award recipients reflect this commitment, as a significant portion of the selected agencies serve communities of color and transgender women.

Ultimately, AFC President/CEO John Peller says, "AFC and its partner agencies have a greater focus on performance-driven outcomes and proof of high quality services. We are holding ourselves and each other accountable to continually monitor and improve how we serve people with HIVAFC is delighted to work collaboratively with a strong network of agencies who are innovative and deeply committed to co-develop a new model of care for people living with HIV."

Note: This map only shows agencies funded by AFC for Parts A and B of the Ryan White Program. AFC funds other organizations through other funding that is not shown on this map. The Chicago Department of Public Health and federal government directly fund organizations that are not shown on this map. AFC will make additional awards for Part B ambulatory care in the collar counties in 2016.

 

Service Category 

Agencies 

Ambulatory / Outpatient Medical Care 

Core Center 

Erie Family Health Center 

Food Bank / Home Delivered Meals 

Catholic Charities of Chicago 

Heartland Health Outreach 

Legal Assistance  

Legal Council for Health Justice

Mental Health 

AlexianBrothers Housing & Health Alliance 

Catholic Charities of Chicago 

Children's Place Association 

Christian Community Health Center 

Core Center 

Erie Family Health Center 

Oral Health 

Athena Dental Group, PC 

Christian Community Health Center 

Howard Area Community Center 

Open Door Clinic 

Provident Hospital 

Psychosocial 

AlexianBrothers Housing & Health Alliance 

Haymarket Center 

Test Positive Aware Network  

Universal Family Connection,Inc  

Substance Abuse Outpatient 

Haymarket Center 

Healthcare Alternative Systems 

Transitional Housing 

AlexianBrothers Housing & Health Alliance 

Children's Place Association 

Haymarket Center 

Healthcare Alternative Systems 

Medical Case Management 

  

Agape Missions 

Austin CBC 

Catholic Charities of Chicago 

Chicago House 

Children's Place Association 

Christian Community Health Center 

Core Center 

Erie Family Health Center 

Heartland Health Outreach 

Howard Brown Health

Lake County Health Department 

Michael Reese 

Open Door Clinic 

Project Vida Inc. 

Provident Hospital 

Sinai Health System 

South Side Help Center

South Suburban HIV / AIDS Regional Clinics  

Test Positive Aware Network 

UIC-Community Outreach Intervention Project 

University of Chicago  

Non-medical Case Management 

  

Catholic Charities of Chicago 

Heartland Health Outreach 

LR Anixter Center - CALOR  

Open Door Clinic 

Puerto Rican Cultural Center 

Southside Help Center 

Test Positive Aware Network 

University of Chicago

 

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