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September 20, 2019

Every year, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) mobilizes advocates and staff to talk with elected officials in Springfield about the needs and concerns of the HIV community. The legislative session gives us an opportunity to talk about current legislation that directly impacts us and the communities we serve. We speak up to humanize health care, housing and employment policies intended to help...
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“There’s still life after HIV”

September 18, 2019

Curtis Montgomery has been an advocate with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) for over 10 years. Currently serving on the Ryan White Consumer Advisory Board (CAB), Curtis is passionate about educating people about HIV prevention and serving as an example that being diagnosed with HIV is not the end. He, along with his fellow CAB members, are embarking on a mission to spread awareness about...
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Public Health Boot Camp accelerates learning for emerging health pros

September 6, 2019

This summer, emerging public health professionals came together to get an accelerated, hands-on training at the Public Health Boot Camp (PHBC). Co-sponsored by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and the Institute of Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, the program is designed to prepare HIV/AIDS public health leaders through a one-week...
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AFC remembers Michael Bauer's life and impact

August 30, 2019

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Michael Bauer on Thursday, Aug. 29.  Michael was a friend, donor, supporter, Board member and champion for AFC. We remember Michael for so many things, but most importantly, for his passion for AFC and so many other progressive organizations and causes.  Michael served as a Board member from 2000-2005...
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Illinoisans are ensured more accessible lifesaving medications

August 27, 2019

  HB 465 will make health care more accessible and affordable for Illinoisans by requiring the value of copay cards to be applied towards a covered individual's out-of-pocket costs. This bill bans copay accumulator policies in addition to regulating pharmacy benefit managers. HB 465 was sponsored by Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) in the House and Sen. Andy Manar...
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City of Chicago receives $1.8 million in new donations for Flexible Housing Pool

August 26, 2019

The City of Chicago announced on Thursday, Aug. 22, the expansion of the Chicago and Cook County Flexible Housing Pool (FHP) with a total of more than $1.8 million in new investments, including the first private investments in the program. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and Advocate Aurora Health are investing a combined $1.5 million over the next three years to support the City and its...
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Eight leaders bring passion and experiences to AFC’s Board and Associate Board

August 26, 2019

At the helm of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is its 31-person Board of Directors. Each member contributes to the vision and leadership of AFC, and provides a unique perspective based on their areas of expertise and lived experiences. AFC also benefits from support, fundraising and guidance from its Associate Board, comprised of 21 young professionals and emerging leaders. This year, AFC...
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How Open Door helps the HIV community thrive

August 19, 2019

AIDS Run & Walk Chicago brings together Chicago’s HIV community and supporters each year to celebrate, honor and remember how far we have come in the HIV epidemic. Open Door Health Center of Illinois is one of the many community-based organizations that fundraises with AIDS Run & Walk Chicago year after year to help them continue providing services and support for people living...
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PAT issues statement on proposed LGBTQ discrimination against federal contractors

August 16, 2019

by Kim Hunt, Executive Director, Pride Action Tank Lately, we can’t seem to get through a week without another attempt by the Trump administration to strip away the protections of LGBTQ+ people. Yesterday, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule change that could allow federal contractors to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people on the basis of religion. The proposed change...
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Critical medication assistance programs solidified in Illinois

August 13, 2019

Today, Gov. JB Pritzker signed HB 465 into law helping Illinoisans afford lifesaving medications. HB 465 will make health care more accessible and affordable for Illinoisans by requiring the value of copay cards to be applied towards a covered individual's out-of-pocket costs.  This bill bans copay accumulator policies in addition to regulating pharmacy benefit...
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