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Over 2,000 HIV advocates “lived true” and raised $440K (and rising) at AIDS Run & Walk Chicago

October 11, 2019

“We want to make sure that the HIV epidemic is no longer able to sustain itself by achieving both HIV prevention and access to care goals,” said AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) President/CEO John Peller in his opening remarks to a crowd of over 2,000 runners, rollers, walkers and volunteers. “We don’t make these advancements toward getting to zero on our own -- we do...
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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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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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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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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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Illinois approves youth access to PrEP

August 7, 2019

    On Wednesday, August 7, Gov. JB Pritzker signed HB 2665 (the Youth PrEP bill) into law. This enables young people across Illinois to access preventive health care services, like PrEP, without parental consent.  "Young people don’t wait to have sex until they’re 18, and HIV doesn’t wait either. This legislation will help ensure...
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AFC denounces use of HIV status to justify family separation

July 26, 2019

AFC is appalled to learn that the U.S. government uses HIV status as cause for the cruel separation of immigrant and migrant families. In the Oversight of Family Separation and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Hearing   yesterday , Chief Brian Hastings of the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) stated that HIV status is a criteria used to separate families at the border . This new, insidious...
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AFC is on the move to better serve our community

July 8, 2019

On Monday, Aug. 5, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) will relocate its offices to 200 W Monroe, Suite 1150. For years, AFC has been expanding its program areas to better serve the region’s housing and case management services for people living with HIV or other chronic health conditions. AFC’s new space allows us to better support our 124-person staff as well as our vibrant network...
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Governor Pritzker, Please Revise Medicaid Rules for Gender-affirming Care

June 25, 2019

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago, in partnership with Illinois advocates, implore Governor Pritzker to revise currently proposed Medicaid regulation. This month, during Pride, our community makes time to celebrate and takes time to reflect on our history. With an eye towards both celebration and reflection, we have to take stock of the current landscape of LGBTQ healthcare access, especially...
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