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What the Fiscal Cliff Means for HIV Services in Illinois

November 28, 2012

You've heard about it. It's coming. And it sounds scary. But what does the "fiscal cliff" really mean for people living with HIV? According to a new analysis by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, the impact of the automatic budget cuts will be prove to be both deleterious to public health and costly for taxpayers in the long run. On January 2, 2013, absent any change in federal law,...
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AFC Hails New Chicago Deputy Commissioner for HIV/STI Services

November 24, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 23, 2012 MEDIA CONTACT Greg Trotter, 312-314-0913   The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) welcomes the appointment of Nanette Benbow as the new Deputy Commissioner for HIV and STI Services at the Chicago Department of Public Health....
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In or Out of Prison, Iranian Doctors Find Way to Help

November 16, 2012

Dr. Kamiar Alaei, on left, and his brother, Dr. Arash Alaei, at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, November 2012. By Sara Semelka For more than a decade, Dr. Arash Alaei and his brother Dr. Kamiar Alaei made quiet but revolutionary changes in Iran’s healthcare system, focusing on harm reduction practices for people forced into the shadows of society, including LGBT...
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Comments on State Medicaid Benchmark Plan

November 14, 2012

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) is considering options for the Medicaid benchmark Medicaid benefits (pdf) package that will be extended to the new health care reform Medicaid expansion population. The Medicaid benefits package defines the baseline of services covered by the state for the newly eligible Medicaid recipients under health care reform. ...
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SHINE Conference Examines HIV and Social Determinants

November 12, 2012

Why does HIV have a disproportionate impact on communities of color? The SHINE Conference, a two-day affair hosted by the University of Chicago, aims to get to the root of that question. All are invited to attend what promises to be rousing discussion on the social determinants of HIV. “SHINE Conference: Social and Structural Determinants of HIV Infections Among...
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Doctor: "Abstinence is not enough."

November 9, 2012

Dr. Lisa Henry-Reid poses with her family. From left to right, daughter Lorelle, son Taylor, Dr. Henry-Reid and her husband Samuel. To many, the debate over comprehensive v. abstinence-only sex education is one of cultural values and political leanings. But it’s much more for Dr. Lisa Henry-Reid. She has dedicated her professional life to adolescent medicine. She’s...
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The Stigma of Sandy: Sound Familiar?

November 8, 2012

Photo credit: Charles le Brigand By Julie Davids, Director of National Mobilization and Advocacy for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago “People who didn’t evacuate are stupid … careless … a danger to others…” Ringing any bells? “They were in denial … selfish… thought they were invulnerable.”...
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Road to Health: AFC's New Strategic Plan Moving Forward

November 8, 2012

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago has announced its new three-year strategic plan to address imminent changes in health care and address the diverse needs of vulnerable populations. Called “The Road to Health: Charting Health Improvements for HIV-Affected Communities,” the strategic plan is intended to cover the next three years, 2013 to 2015. The plan is organized around three broad...
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2013-2015 Strategic Plan

November 8, 2012

Road to Health: Charting Health Improvements for HIV-Affected Communities Strategic Plan, 2013-2015 Download the one-page summary Download the Strategic Plan Fact Sheets    
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Comments to Illinois Department of Public Health on Proposed Rules of Sexually Transmissible Disease

November 7, 2012

Recently the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) proposed adoption of rules for the sexually transmissible disease code. After consultation with medical providers, agencies that provide services to youth, community members, and persons living with HIV and STDs and other service providers, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, and Howard Brown Health Center...
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