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31 organizations awarded $7.35 million to provide HIV care to Chicagoland area

December 10, 2019

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The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) has awarded 31 organizations a combined $7.35 million to connect thousands of people in the Chicagoland area living with HIV and AIDS to health care, housing services, transportation and other supportive services. These organizations were selected based on a spectrum of criteria, including their ability to serve Chicagoans most impacted by HIV: Black and Latino/Latinx gay and bisexual men, transgender women of color, and Black women living in high-incidence areas.

“We are confident that the organizations selected will provide our community with outstanding HIV care and support services to improve lives and contribute to the evolving the HIV epidemic,” said Bashirat Olayanju, Senior Director of Care at AFC.

AFC evaluates and awards funding for a suite of HIV services in Cook and surrounding counties through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program, which distributes $2.3 billion nationwide to fund services specifically for people living with HIV. This federal funding comes from the Illinois and Chicago Departments of Public Health. Awarded organizations were notified on Friday, Dec. 6, and funding will be available to organizations in March or April 2020. The awards are contingent on AFC receiving funding from the Illinois and Chicago Departments of Public Health.

This year, AFC provided funding to seven new organizations: AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Chicago Women’s AIDS Project, Human Resource Development Institute (HRDI), Lawndale Christian Health Center, Men and Women in Prison Ministries, Southshore Hospital and the Will County Health Department.

“Lawndale Christian Health Center is grateful at the opportunity to partner with AIDS Foundation of Chicago in providing the highest quality clinical services to persons on the West Side living with HIV/AIDS,” said Lawndale Christian Health Center’s Chief Clinical Officer of Operations Dr. Wayne Detmer. “Our patients can face significant barriers to accessing health care services, but this funding will allow us to continue offering comprehensive and affordable care within our medical home.”

Across the board, AFC prioritized funding for vital support services, such as mental and psychosocial care, substance use care, food access and non-medical case management, and supported an increase in some case manager salaries.
 

New approach to evaluating services

This year, AFC pursued a three-tier approach to reviewing applications from organizations seeking Ryan White funding. First, applications were evaluated by a panel of community members, who individually scored applications, then discussed those applications as a group, and reached consensus about scores. Second, AFC reviewed past performance of organizations who had previously provided HIV services. Finally, each application was given a Health Equity Score, which was based on key health indicators (including HIV prevalence, health disparities, availability of resources and support services, availability of medical care and more) for each neighborhood served by an organization.

“The Health Equity Score ensures that we’re funding organizations who are providing services to neighborhoods that have been historically under-served by medical services, especially HIV care services,” said Olayanju. The ten neighborhoods whose Health Equity Scores inicated the need for most support are the following: 

  • West Garfield Park
  • Riverdale
  • Englewood
  • Washington Park
  • North Lawndale
  • West Englewood
  • East Garfield park
  • Greater Grand Crossing
  • Oakland
  • Austin

"Over the course of the HIV epidemic, the face of people living with HIV and the communities most impacted by it has shifted," said Román Buenrostro, AFC's director of special projects and planning. "We feel very proud that the organizations selected to provide this new level of care reflect the diversity of the communities currently impacted by HIV in Chicago."

While multiple agencies will be providing these lifesaving services across the Chicago area, it is impossible to fill all gaps and serve all people in the region who need HIV care. In the coming year, AFC will be working with funders and partner agencies to identify additional opportunities to strengthen the sector and fund additional services for communities hardest hit by the HIV epidemic.
 

2020 Ryan White awardees

Ambulatory Outpatient Medical Care

AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Erie Family Health Center
Hektoen Cook County Health Integrated Programs (CCHIP)
Lake County Health Dept.
Lawndale Christian Health Center
Open Door Health Center
Will County Health Department

Food Bank

Catholic Charities
Heartland Alliance Health
Puerto Rican Cultural Center

Housing

Alexian Brothers Housing and Health Alliance
Haymarket Center
Puerto Rican Cultural Center

Legal services

Legal Council for Health Justice

Medical Case Management

Agape Mission Inc.
Catholic Charities
Chicago House
Children's Place Association
Christian Community Health Center
Erie Family Health Center
Faith United/Project VIDA
Heartland Alliance Health
Hektoen Cook County Health Integrated Programs (CCHIP)
HIV Care Program
Howard Brown Health
Lake County Health Department
Lawndale Christian Health Center
Men & Women in Prison Ministries
Open Door Health Center
Sinai Health Systems
South Side Help Center
Southshore Hospital
Test Positive Aware Network
University of Chicago
University of Illinois – Community Outreach Intervention Project
Will County Health Department

Medical Nutrition Therapy

Heartland Alliance Health
Lake County Health Department

Mental Health

Alexian Brothers Housing and Health Alliance
Catholic Charities
Children's Place Association
Christian Community Health Center
Erie Family Health Center
HRDI
Open Door Health Center
Will County Health Department

Non-Medical Case Management

Brothers Health Collective
Chicago Women's AIDS Project
Christian Community Health Center
Erie Family Health Center
Lake County Health Department.
Open Door Health Center

Oral Health

Christian Community Health Center
Heartland Alliance Health
Howard Area
Lawndale Christian Health Center
Open Door Health Center
Will County Health Department

Psychosocial

AIDS Healthcare Foundation - CALOR
Alexian Brothers Housing and Health Alliance
Catholic Charities
Chicago Women's AIDS Project
Haymarket Center

Substance Use

Alexian Brothers Housing and Health Alliance
Catholic Charities
Haymarket Center
HRDI
Open Door Health Center
Will County Health Department

 

Categorized under AFC news, Case management and Chicago.

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