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Munar Stepping Down Following Two-Decade Career at AFC

February 11, 2014

Dear Friends, As a person living with and concerned about HIV, I am enormously grateful to have spent the past 23 years of my career nurturing a vibrant and powerful community for social justice at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC). It is therefore with mixed emotions that I announce my plans to step down as AFC’s president and CEO at the end of March to take the helm at the Howard...
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AFC Releases 2013 Annual Report

February 5, 2014

For nearly 30 years, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) has led the fight against HIV/AIDS. It is with the collective efforts of our individual, government, and community partners that we continue to achieve new and exciting milestones year after year. Our 2013 annual report highlights our first-year accomplishments in implementing our three-year strategic plan called Road to Health...
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Comments on the Draft Medicaid 1115 Waiver

February 4, 2014

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) submitted comments January 22, 2014, in response to the state’s Draft 1115 Waiver Application .  In the comments, AFC urges the state to prioritize case management for people with HIV, leverage the Medicaid Health Home state plan option to improve care for people with HIV, and institute financial incentives for HMOs to improve care provided to people...
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HIV Health Summit Kicks off 2014!

February 3, 2014

On January 27, 2014 the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) hosted its first HIV Health Summit to provide an opportunity for key stakeholders, such as HIV/AIDS providers, community members, Medicaid managed care organizations, government officials, and legislators to discuss the opportunities, changes and challenges the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid managed care will bring people living with...
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Illinois Cascade of Engagement in HIV Care

January 6, 2014

At the Illinois HIV Planning Group meeting held December 2013, the Illinois Department of Public Heath's Dr. Fangchao Ma presented data about Illinois and the HIV continuum of care.  Information includes percentages of people living with HIV who know their status, are engaged in care, and have a suppressed viral load.  The presentation also offers a comparison to national rates....
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Munar: Illinois Medicaid Must Harness Existing Infrastructure to Turn Tide on AIDS Epidemic

December 18, 2013

AIDS Foundation of Chicago President and CEO David Ernesto Munar testified on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 before the Illinois House Human Services Appropriations Committee on the state’s proposed Medicaid 1115 waiver.  The proposal – outlined in this concept paper released in November 2013 – would allow the state to obtain federal Medicaid matching funds for a wider range...
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World AIDS Day in Chicago

November 27, 2013

World AIDS Day is December 1! Here are a few important events going on in Chicago to honor the occasion. World AIDS Day is an opportunity to celebrate the gains made in ending the epidemic, embrace those living with HIV/AIDS, and commemorate those who have died from complications with AIDS. It’s also an occasion for HIV testing, advocacy, education, and celebration...
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Reaffirming Our Commitment to the Denver Principles

November 27, 2013

“We are ‘People with AIDS.’ ” After 30 years, that line is still powerful, still true. It’s the opening to the Denver Principles , the core document of a self-empowerment movement that grew out of San Francisco in the early 1980s. People first, condition second. The Denver Principles are, in many ways, the Bill of Rights for people living with...
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Comments on the "Path to Transformation" 1115 Waiver Concept Paper

November 26, 2013

HIV infection can be managed as a chronic disease if people with HIV have access to high-quality, culturally-competent medical care and supportive social services. Providing this optimal care leads to long- and short-term cost containment as well as improved quality of life and prognosis for the patient, helping to meet the Triple Aim. There are an estimated 42,500 people living with HIV in Illinois,...
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Reaching the Summit

November 21, 2013

Vendors packed the auditorium. Pamphlets lined tables and tables lined the gym floor. Even though we were in the basement at the field house in Chicago’s Riis Park, we had reached the Summit of Hope . According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, “the Summit of Hope is a community expo, bringing together local service providers to create a one-stop environment for...
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