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“Setting the Pace: remarks from President/CEO John Peller at 2018 annual meeting

April 9, 2019

AFC’s 2018 Annual Report: Setting the Pace Review photos from the event  Hello and good evening! Thank you, Anna, for kicking our party off tonight and for leading AFC’s Board to achieve great things in 2018. I’m so grateful for the leadership and support you have offered me and AFC this past year.  In 2018, we kicked off a great race toward an...
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From Ryan White to running a marathon: my story

March 27, 2019

By Sarah Pasternak When I tell my friends and family that I’m fundraising for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago through TEAM TO END AIDS (T2) , I tend to get some follow-up questions: Why am I SOOOO into raising money for HIV and AIDS services? Why am I signed up for a second marathon with T2? Why have I had the Until There’s a Cure bracelet since 1996?* Why did I join the Ribbon...
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How cannabis is helping people living with HIV

March 6, 2019

By Raven Feagins UPDATE : On June 26, 2019, Governor Pritzker signed a bill into law that will legalize recreational cannabis for adults in Illinois by the start of 2020. Once this new law is in place, all Illinoisans 21 years and older will be legally allowed to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis, as well as varied amounts of THC (the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis)-infused products...
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[UPDATED] We stand with Jussie Smollett

January 30, 2019

[UPDATED March 27, 2019] Yesterday, we reshared on our social media accounts a statement from January about Jussie Smollett and the horrific hate crime that he reported. Much has changed in the story since Jan. 30. Truthfully, we may never know what happened that night — or what happened in recent days and weeks to lead to no convictions, no trial, no justice. What we at AFC...
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Things on our team’s plate in 2019

January 25, 2019

Happy 2019! The new year brings in renewed energy, and AFC staff are back at work continuing their plans towards advancing health equity! With new and continuing projects underway, we checked in with three staff members about to see what they are most excited about for 2019. "In 2019, I am looking forward to being able to give the reentry returning citizens housing and employment opportunities...
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My father’s journey to get his wings

January 16, 2019

By Jared Smith*, Edited by Raven Feagins AFC received a packet in the mail in May 2018 with AIDS ribbon lapel pins and a beautiful, hand-written note. We followed up to find out more. Here’s a story from a young man about his father and how the pins arrived at AFC. An eye doctor by profession, a friend to many, a husband, an uncle and a father. My father was a man of many...
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Policy and legislative wrap up for 2018

January 11, 2019

2018 was another year full of policy and legislative ups and downs on all levels. However, AFC and like-minded advocates across the country stayed strong when faced with sometimes harsh and inhumane policies that threatened the livelihoods of our communities. Here are a few of the most influential policy and legislative highlights of the year.   Illinois Medicaid hepatitis C...
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Getting to zero through sex ed

January 4, 2019

By Raven Feagins This post originally appeared on November 29, 2018 on GTZIllinois.hiv . Conversations around U=U , PrEP and condom use are common among folks in the HIV workforce, but how can these conversations get started in middle and high school classrooms? The Hult Center for Healthy Living addresses this, among other topics, in their comprehensive sexual health curriculum...
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Housing is the foundation for better health

December 20, 2018

By Raven Feagins Darrow Alexander is a Chicago native originally from the Englewood neighborhood. He thrives on connecting with others, especially if it’s through food, and he loves giving back to his community. However, before he settled into his cozy apartment in Uptown almost six years ago, Darrow whole-heartedly believed that he would forever be alone.   “I...
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Open Enrollment and what it means for Trans and GNC folks

December 12, 2018

By Kirstin Brockenborough Enrollment in the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace will be open for a few more days, and the excitement for another year of the Affordable Care Act (the ACA, a.k.a. Obamacare) is still in the air. (It could also be climate change, but who knows!)   The ACA created a way to expand Medicaid and create more opportunities for people to enroll in...
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