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AFC staff, advocates commemorate World AIDS Day at events throughout the week

November 24, 2021

By Bailey Williams Every year on December 1,  the HIV community celebrates World AIDS Day, a day where we make space for and listen to people living with HIV, mourn those lost to AIDS-related complications and rally together to support the end of the HIV epidemic.   This year marks the 40 th  year anniversary of ...
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Davon Lawrence, AFC’s new Director of Prevention Capacity Building, brings a passion for service to AFC

October 13, 2021

By Ella Shapiro   Davon Lawrence ’s passion for service was inspired by his mother. Raised in New Jersey, Davon grew up watching his mother work for the Salvation Army as an Intake Counselor. He saw the way that his community improved through the work she and her colleagues did by caring for others. From a...
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Illinois residents share experiences, ideas to improve the state’s Medicaid program

October 12, 2021

By Bailey Williams For more than 50 years,  Illinois Medicaid  has offered millions of  residents access to health insurance for free or reduced rates. Illinois Medicaid is the largest health insurer in the state, providing coverage to about 25 percent of the state’s residents including people living with HIV, working families,...
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Chris chooses to “option up” at AIDS Run & Walk Chicago

September 30, 2021

By Ella Shapiro One day in 2014, Chris Pazdernik  was taking a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) train when they noticed an ad for that year’s AIDS Run & Walk Chicago fundraising event. Five years prior, Chris had tested positive for HIV. At the time, they were left with a lot of insecurities. They didn’t know what kind...
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AFC is seeking candidates for board membership

August 30, 2021

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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AFC celebrates the “Keeping Youth Safe and Healthy Act” Becoming Law

August 20, 2021

On August 20, 2021 Governor JB Pritzker signed the Keeping Youth Safe and Healthy Act, which creates age-appropriate learning standards for public schools that decide to teach comprehensive personal health and safety education (grades K-5) and comprehensive sexual health education (grades 6-12).   “AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) thanks Governor Pritzker for signing...
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AFC’s Learning Circle Collaborative awards $72,000 to strengthen eight POC organizations

August 19, 2021

Today, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) is excited to  announce the fourth cohort of the Learning Circle Collaborative (LLC) awardees inducted into the capacity building and technical assistance program (CBA). Grant funds will be used to support organizational infrastructure, leadership development, systemic capacity building and the delivery of culturally responsive community...
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Remembering Debra La Joyce Thornton: Longtime housing advocate, woman of faith and mother

July 26, 2021

By Bailey Williams Longtime housing advocate Debra La Joyce Thornton, age 64,  passed away Thursday, July 1. Debra is survived by her mother, four children and three grandchildren she loved dearly.  Described by many as  extremely hardworking and dedicated, Debra spent the last two decades helping hundreds...
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“Our legacy is our people”: Celebrating the legacy of the Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus

July 1, 2021

By Bailey Williams I n the summer of 2005, party promoters, bar and bathhouse owners, government representatives, community leaders, health providers and Black gay, bisexual and same gender loving men convened at what was formerly the Ramada Inn on 47th Street and South Lakeshore Drive to...
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First-ever Getting to Zero Illinois Community Grant Program awards $350,000 in grants

June 17, 2021

T oday, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) is thrilled to join Getting to Zero Illinois (GTZ-IL) in announcing the grant recipients for the first-ever Getting to Zero Illinois Community Grant Program, a pool of grants totaling $350,000. Fourteen organizations across the state have each received one-time grants of up to $30,000 for new projects that will help...
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