About AFC

Simone Koehlinger

Chief Programs Officer

For over 20 years, Simone has worked to address health disparities and a myriad of health issues, including HIV and sexually transmitted infections, tobacco, mental health, substance use, and obesity.

She has led a number of multi-disciplinary teams and coalitions to enhance community health and coordinated LGBT health related research projects.

In her previous capacity as the Director of the Office of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Health at the Chicago Department of Public Health, she was responsible for developing and implementing citywide programs to increase health care access and provider competency. As the Director of Special Projects for the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago, Simone provided leadership and administrative management to ensure the successful implementation of an obesity prevention program and HIV prevention projects.

Simone received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and her BA from Valparaiso University.

She is a proud runner, has finished her first 200-mile AIDS bicycle ride, and has completed two Chicago marathons as a member of AFC’s TEAM TO END AIDS training program.