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Meet AFC's new community organizer, Coleman Goode!

April 18, 2018

By Kirstin Brockenborough Coleman Goode is our new Community Organizer! You may have most recently seen him around Springfield serving as Chief of Staff for long-time HIV advocate State Representative Greg Harris. We’re getting into who Coleman is and how he’s tackling health inequalities.  You can get to know Coleman and his plans for turning up our advocacy...
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“The truth about the 7,000": a response (and some lingering questions)

April 16, 2018

by Peter McLoyd POZ published Mark S. King’s article, “ The Truth About the 7,000 – Why are there still so many AIDS-related deaths? ” on April 2, 2018. The article moved HIV leader  Peter McLoyd ; this is his response. I woke up to the headline above in an article POZ Magazine. As I frantically read  Mark S. King ’s...
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The impact of sexual health on your mind, body and spirit

April 13, 2018

By Paige Miller If you’ve googled “sexual health” recently, you know the only results are how to improve sexual performance. Well, you can’t improve anything until you know you’re educated on what you like and are being true to yourself. But what does that really mean? Sexual health is the state of being mentally, physically and socially comfortable...
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Healing through art

March 29, 2018

by Raven Feagins Having a stable place to live can determine our health , including our vulnerability to HIV. This is especially true for young people who already account for 22% of new HIV diagnoses in the US. In Chicago , an estimated 15,000 youth experience homelessness each year and of those young people, about 3,000 identify as LGBTQ. Some of the top needs of LGBTQ youth...
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Social workers can make excellent grant writers

March 22, 2018

By Andrea Dakin, Senior Director of Program Development at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago Editor's note: Looking to make a career transition into grant writing and management? Visit aidschicago.org/careers to apply for our Program Development Manager position! While fundraising or grant writing may not be the obvious career choice for those receiving a Bachelor of Social Work...
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What to say/what not to say: Gender Identity

March 15, 2018

By Cheyenne Butler and Raven Feagins It's 2018 and gender identity beyond the binary is here and more visible than ever before! Young people are paving the way for a society evolved from the gender roles we learned about in grade school. We want everyone to feel safe and accepted. Here are a few things to keep in mind so that your language is affirming and inclusive. Want...
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Six reasons work requirements are a bad idea for Medicaid

March 2, 2018

By Andrea Callow, Associate Director of Medicaid Initiatives at Families USA HHS has issued its first two approvals for state Medicaid waivers that make a person's health coverage contingent on their work status. Kentucky and Indiana are the first states to get approval for waivers that tie coverage to work. Other states that are seeking approval for similar waivers include New Hampshire,...
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The Importance of Taking Care of Yourself on the Inside and Outside

February 22, 2018

By LaWanda Wilkerson This post originally appeared on December 1, 2017 on A Girl Like Me , a program of The Well Project .  This blog is dedicated to my best friend sister, Nichelle Daniel. While walking through the mall with my best friend (sister) for twenty or more years, we were talking about the importance of taking care of you to remain healthy. She reminded...
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AIDS Foundation of Chicago Applauds Gov. Rauner’s Proposal for Level HIV Funding in FY19 Budget, Advocates for Increased Funding

February 15, 2018

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) applauds Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed $25 million HIV funding allocation in the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Illinois state budget.  “We thank Gov. Rauner for his leadership in not cutting HIV funding,” said John Peller, AFC president/CEO. “Earlier this month, AFC expressed disappointment with Gov. Rauner and the Illinois Department...
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