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Led by all Black women, AFC’s Care Team consistently goes above and beyond

September 21, 2022

By Livvie Avrick The role of Black women in healthcare often goes unseen and undervalued. At AFC, the impact of Black women cannot be overstated. Take the Care team for example, led by four extraordinary black female-identified leaders, Bashirat Olayanju, Lakethia Patterson, Angela Jordan, and Melanie Cross, these women are critical in keeping the Chicago HIV communities healthy, well, and...
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GTZ-IL awards $200,000 in grants to support ending the HIV epidemic in Illinois

August 30, 2022

This month, Getting to Zero Illinois (GTZ-IL) and AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) awarded $200,000 to community-based organizations implementing strategies to end the HIV epidemic by 2030. The pool of grants will support goals and alignment with the statewide plan. Each organization will receive an award from $20,000-$40,000 in addition to workforce training and technical assistance.  Six of...
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Meet Dominique Hayes, AFC’s Lead Care Coordination Specialist

August 18, 2022

By Indigo Quashie Dominique Hayes is the Lead Care Coordination Specialist (CCS) at AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC). She began her work in the field as an intern with Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative (PACPI). Now rebranded as the Mother and Child Alliance (MACA) , this initiative provides prenatal and postpartum comprehensive services to pregnant women and their families...
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Congress passes Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, sends to President Biden for signature

August 15, 2022

By Omar Martínez González, Sr. Manager, Policy & Advocacy CHICAGO, IL — AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) celebrates  Friday’s  passage of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill cleared the Senate last week and is headed to President Biden for his signature. AFC cheers the provisions that will allow the federal...
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AFC is seeking candidates for board membership

August 1, 2022

Are you interested in creating equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV or chronic conditions?   If the answer is yes, we have just the volunteer opportunity for you!  AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) is  looking for individuals who can help us achieve our goals of equity and justice by serving on our Board of Directors. ...
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Illinois Members of Congress support letter to Biden administration demanding $100m for Monkeypox Response

July 29, 2022

By Omar Martínez González CHICAGO, IL — On Monday the U.S. House of Representatives , led by New York Congressman Jerry Nadler (NY-10), delivered a letter to President Biden, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, and Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Rochelle Walensky requesting...
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“We Stayed Open.” Project Vida utilizes GTZ-IL's Community Grant to support Black Gay, Bisexual men in the face of a pandemic

February 8, 2022

By Indigo Quashie Jerome Montgomery, Executive Director of Project Vida Content warning for topics involving sexual violence and drug abuse. 20 years ago, if you saw Jerome Montgomery, then an electrical engineer and software developer and were told he would become the Executive Director of an organization that fought to support Latino and Black gay, bisexual, and...
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AFC announces first-ever Racial Equity Action Plan on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 7, 2022

AFC Board Chair Craig W. Johnson, photographed by Bailey Williams   By Bailey Williams CHICAGO--Today, on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) is announcing its first-ever racial equity action plan, a three-year plan intended to heal past harms and achieve racial equity within AFC and the Center for Housing and Health (CHH)'s...
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AFC Statement on Gov. Pritzker’s State of the State and Budget Address

February 3, 2022

Speaking under the dome of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker delivered his annual State of the State and Budget address on February 2, 2022. Acknowledging that the state “continues to battle an invisible enemy [COVID-19]”, Governor Pritzker outlined his $45.4 billion Fiscal Year 2023 budget that includes substantial investments in education,...
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AFC presents its 2022 State Legislative Policy Priorities

February 1, 2022

AIDS Foundation Chicago ( AFC) is proud to announce its 2022 state legislative policy agenda . G rounded in racial health equity, t hese legislative priorities are and will help advance the goals and priorities of the Getting to Zero Illinois (GTZ-IL) plan to end the HIV epidemic by 2030.  W e are extremely grateful for the collaboration of the...
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