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Positive Momentum: 2016-18 Strategic Plan

We’ve made significant progress in the treatment and prevention of HIV since the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s last strategic plan over three years ago. In 2017, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) reached over 5,000 people through housing and case management services. We mobilized hundreds of advocates on local and national levels to support those living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases. 

However, there is still much work to be done, particularly in communities most-impacted by HIV, such as young Black gay and bisexual men, transgender women of color, Black women living in high-incidence areas and Latino gay and bisexual men.

With this in mind, in November 2015 AFC released Positive Momentum, an ambitious but focused strategic plan for 2016-2018. We refreshed our vision, updated our mission and designed strategic priorities that will guide our work and our collaboration with you.

Read about our year-two successes toward achieving this new strategic plan in AFC's 2017 Annual Report. Click here.


Mission Statement

AFC mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases. 

Vision Statement

People living with HIV and related chronic diseases will thrive, and new HIV infections will be rare.

Strategic Priorities

To realize our mission to mobilize communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases, we will:

Improve health equity.
We will increase access to high-quality, comprehensive prevention, care and housing services free from stigma.

Prevent new cases of HIV.
We will reduce new HIV infections through innovative approaches to prevention, care, housing and education with a focus on most-impacted populations.

Serve as a collaboration and knowledge center.
We will be a thought leader and resource center to create and share best practices, innovations and models.

Be a bold voice for change.
We will be a leading voice to mobilize advocates and people living with HIV and related chronic diseases to transform systems, policies, and resources.

Commitment to Priority Populations

Anyone can become infected with HIV, but HIV and related chronic diseases disproportionately impact certain populations in distinct geographic areas. We can have the greatest impact on the HIV epidemic by focusing our efforts on those most-impacted by HIV, based on epidemiological data and unmet need:

  • Young Black gay and bisexual men
  • Transgender women of color
  • Black women living in high-incidence areas
  • Latino gay and bisexual men

Factors that drive the HIV epidemic and health inequities that we will address include:

  • Homelessness
  • Sex work
  • Drug use
  • Incarceration
  • Poverty
  • Unemployment
  • Lack of access to health care
  • Immigration status

AFC will also work to meet the evolving needs of older adults with HIV and long-term survivors.

Commitment to Organizational Excellence

To strengthen AFC as an organization, we will move to a talent management framework, develop staff and Board leadership, implement long-range business planning with a focus on diversity and inclusion, and identify flexible office space.

We will announce periodic updates on how we will implement the new strategic plan. Sign up to receive information about this and other AFC projects!