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Meet some of AFC’s behind-the-scenes, COVID-era essential workers

September 17, 2020

By Bailey Williams When the new coronavirus (COVID-19) sent most AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) staff home to work remotely, many members of our finance and contracts team continued to come to the office. A lot of the work this team does cannot be done remotely. Though this work often happens behind the scenes, it is essential to the many services AFC provides to help people living with HIV...
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This year, experience AIDS Run & Walk Chicago however you want

September 15, 2020

By Bailey Williams  I spent most mornings in the summer of 2016 running before work. I’d run a neighborhood route, often in the streets when cars were few, the sun was rising, and nothing but birds and insects could be heard. I was in the best shape of my life and had finally gotten down to easily running 7-minute miles. When the annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago came around...
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HIV HUB’s COVID-19 financial assistance has “changed the lives” of 289 people living with and vulnerable to HIV

September 1, 2020

By Bailey Williams After receiving an eviction letter, a man in emotional distress called the HIV Resource Coordination HUB. The phone line led by AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) and Center on Halsted is dedicated to providing information and resources related to HIV. By the time Oscar Solis, a Rapid Responder for the HUB at Center on Halsted, answered his call, the man was extremely upset,...
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Ryan White case manager stops opioid overdose minutes after receiving training from AFC

August 27, 2020

By Bailey Williams  For the past three years, Mayra Olivares has helped people living with HIV and AIDS achieve better health outcomes. As a Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program case manager at Erie Family Health Centers, Mayra makes sure her clients receive needed medication, medical appointments and referrals for vital services like housing. Prior to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Mayra...
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AFC remembers longtime supporter, Ron L. Fritz

July 17, 2020

AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC)’s Board and staff send our deepest condolences to Ron Fritz’s family and friends. Ron was a dedicated member of the AIDS Marathon Training Program and TEAM TO END AIDS (T2) for 15 years, in addition to fundraising for AIDS Run & Walk Chicago. His devotion to advocating and raising money for people living with HIV and AIDS began after the passing of...
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AFC launches new hotel project for people living with HIV who are experiencing homelessness

July 15, 2020

AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) is pleased to announce the launch of Hotel to Home, a project using available hotels in the region to serve people living with HIV who are experiencing homelessness. The goal of the project is to protect people living with HIV from COVID-19 by immediately moving them into hotels and then quickly connecting them to permanent housing options. The project, funded by...
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Queer Bronzeville: A Short History of Black Queer Chicago and AIDS Activism, 1920-1985

June 22, 2020

By Tristan Cabello Bronzeville is often thought of as one of Chicago’s most prominent, African-American neighborhoods, but it was also home to a vibrant, well-accepted queer culture that emerged in the 1920s. From State Street to Cottage Grove Avenue, along 43rd and 47th Street, Bronzeville’s commercialized and jazz-influenced urban culture offered African-American queers several...
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Illinois Lottery Launches Annual Red Ribbon Cash Instant Ticket

June 10, 2020

Proceeds Benefit Illinois Agencies Providing HIV/AIDS Prevention, Education, and Care Services FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 9, 2020 Media Contacts: Amelia Dellos, (312) 898-8792 CHICAGO – The Illinois Lottery is bringing back its annual Red Ribbon Cash instant ticket, which has raised more than $8.6 million for HIV/AIDS prevention, education, and treatment in Illinois since...
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In a landmark veto, President Preckwinkle protects privacy of people diagnosed with COVID-19

May 26, 2020

AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) commends Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s decision this morning to protect the privacy of people who have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus (COVID-19). President Preckwinkle vetoed the SAFE with First Responders resolution, which if enacted, would have permitted the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) to share the addresses of...
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AFC helps returning citizens living with HIV shelter in place

May 5, 2020

By Bailey Williams Imagine: you have been recently living at Cook County Jail, one of the epicenters for the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Despite still having time left in your sentence, you are notified you’ll be one of the hundreds of people released to decrease crowding in the jail.   Despite the jail‘s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, as of May 4,...
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