The Advocacy/Policy Committee draws from a diverse group of lawyers, policy analysts, AIDS advocates, agency directors and HIV-positive individuals from government and community-based organizations that provide legal advocacy, substance abuse, and other services for people with HIV/AIDS. The committee monitors and assesses the impact of state and local laws, administrative practices, and proposed legislation on HIV-positive individuals, and advocates on behalf of sound AIDS-related public policies.
Case Management Governance
The Case Management Governance Committee is a 15-member body broadly representative of both funded case management agencies and HIV-affected populations in the area. The committee is comprised of agency program directors, case management supervisors, case managers, and service consumers and includes city and suburban providers, gays and lesbians, people of color, and individuals serving women, children, substance users, hemophiliacs, and other affected communities. The committee provides general oversight of the case management system, identifies service gaps and sets priorities for system expansion, establishes the annual case manager training calendar, reviews results of client and agency satisfaction surveys, and participates in funded agency site visits.
The Executive Committee is made up of the chairs from each of the other committees and is elected by the full body SPC each November at the Annual Meeting. This committee is responsible for setting priorities for the SPC and AFC, addressing concerns in the community, and strategizing appropriate responses.
Faith Responds to AIDS
The Faith Responds to AIDS Committee is a partnership of thirteen churches collaborating together to provide a forum that allows broad-based interfaith exchange relative to the prevention of HIV/AIDS, reduction of stigma, and education. The committee meets monthly to allow the interchanging of experiences, the sharing of concerns and resources, and to analyze emerging trends among programs within the faith community. They also plan and develop local and national conferences, seminars, and workshops relevant for faith in prevention strategies as well as make recommendations relative to advocacy and policy development.
HIV & Aging
The HIV & Aging Committee draws a diverse group of program coordinators, medical care providers, case managers, counselers, advocates, and many others. This group aims at increasing awareness about the needs of the 50+ community, particularly within HIV and sexual health. The purpose of the committee is to develop relationships with other aging service agencies and programs, identify gaps in services and assess needs in the community. The committee also hosts annual conferences and forums for varying audiences.
Prevention & Care
The Prevention & Care Committee is comprised mostly of front-line prevention workers from community-based organizations. Quarterly meetings have focused on skills-building and information-sharing in key areas including program design and evaluation. The committee also organizes an annual all-day training conference for HIV health educators,outreach workers, service providers, and community advocates.
The Housing Committee includes representatives of large and small housing provider organizations from all areas of metropolitan Chicago. Committee members discuss and address the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS, and the Chicago area five-year AIDS housing strategic plan, "A Place to Call Home."
The Membership Committee, comprised of long-time SPC members, identifies and recruits AIDS services provider organizations to become members of the Service Providers Council. The committee also reviews applications for membership and slates candidates for leadership positions within the council.
Part B Cook and Collar County Advisory Committees
These committees are broadly inclusive of various HIV/AIDS service providers, service consumers, health centers and other entities that provide services to individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Chicago, Cook and Collar counties. The purpose of the advisory committees are to identify gaps in the continuum of services, assess the needs and resources within Cook and Collar counties, prevent duplication, and prioritize services. The committees provide AFC direction in its role as lead agency for the Part B Cook County Consortia.
For more information or to join the SPC, please contact Donnise Gaffeney at (312)-334-0959.