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Solving one challenge for people leaving jail or prison: connecting to HIV health care

January 26, 2018

Helping people leaving Illinois’ jails and prisons thrive is at the core of the Safe & Sound Return Partnership (SSRP), a three-year program that started in October that will connect 215 returning citizens Led by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and funded by a $900,000 federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), SSRP will also partner with and train...
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AFC and PAT Statement on Health and Human Services creation of the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division

January 19, 2018

By Alaina Kennedy The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and Pride Action Tank (PAT) strongly condemns the announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) the creation of the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division (CRFD) in the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR).  The Trump administration and HHS announced the CRFD will be tasked with “restoring...
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The Conscience and Religious Freedom Division is about protecting providers who discriminate

January 19, 2018

AFC and Pride Action Tankstrongly condemn the announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to create the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division (CRFD) in the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR).  The Trump administration and HHS announced the CRFD will be tasked with “restoring federal enforcement of our nation’s laws that protect the fundamental and...
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Chicago is ready to get to zero

January 18, 2018

By Raven Feagins Dec. 13, 2017 was a cold night on the west side of Chicago, but just over 30 community members from across the city made the trip to gather at Malcom X College for the first Getting to Zero Illinois town hall . Getting to Zero is a state-wide initiative that will end the HIV epidemic in Illinois by implementing a statewide plan that is informed by communities most affected...
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Hey, America: your high rents are hurting people’s health

January 17, 2018

By Brian Solem Housing and health are inseparably linked. You’re more likely to be in consistently good health if your housing costs (rent or mortgage plus utilities, groceries and other household needs) take up a limited slice ( 30% by most estimates ) of your overall budget. If you are barely making ends meet, your health might show it, and you become more susceptible to unstable...
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My voice represents millions more

January 11, 2018

By Will Wilson Longtime HIV advocate and Chicago resident Will Wilson was invited to share his first-person account of using Medicaid and Affordable Care Act services to the people in charge of nationwide Medicare and Medicaid services.  It was cold, dark, and I was up way earlier than normal. Still, I was excited. I was heading to Washington D.C. to share my story with Calder...
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Your voice matters! Join our Board in 2018

January 10, 2018

Are you interested in creating equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases? If the answer is yes, we have just the volunteer opportunity for you! The AIDS Foundation of Chicago is seeking candidates for board membership. Please apply by Wednesday, Feb. 28. We’re looking for individuals who are passionate about creating...
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Finding a place to call home

January 4, 2018

By Raven Feagins Until the age of 45, Latesha never had a place of her own. For years, she relied on friends and acquaintances to have a safe place to sleep at night, but, when she wasn’t lucky enough to find someone to stay with, she resorted to sleeping on the streets of Chicago. “I was always here, here, here and here. Each time there were setbacks after setbacks,”...
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2017 Policy and Legislative Victories

January 3, 2018

By Raven Feagins As advocates, we work hard to ensure the rights of our communities are protected. Despite the whirlwind that was 2017 (a.k.a. the year that made me question my faith in humanity), together we did have some wins.  Below are six major victories we've achieved this year. 1. The ACA is still the law! One of the biggest challenges this year has...
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When a caregiver cares for herself, too

December 20, 2017

By Raven Feagins Veronica* is the loving matriarch of her Chicago-area family. When she’s not taking care of two of her grandchildren, her mom and her aunt, she works as a talented seamstress. She’s open with her family about most things - except her own health status. Veronica is living with HIV and has for the past 20 years. Most of her family, except her husband, don’t...
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