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Meet the new members of AFC’s Associate Board

January 13, 2021

By Ashley Brown   Patricia Braboy (she, her, hers) is a Project Assistant at The Center of HIV Elimination and Community Engagement Coordinator at Third Coast Center for AIDS Research. She is a proud graduate of Jackson State University and is currently enrolled in the University of Michigan’s Sexual Health Educator Certification program. She has been educating youth about...
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Welcome to the Wellness Quarterly Newsletter

January 12, 2021

At AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) and Center for Health and Housing (CHH), we believe that mental health is a vital part of your life that impacts things like your productivity, emotions, work, school and more. Mental health is just as essential as physical health considering that mental disorders can also raise a risk for physical health problems down the line. In order to improve emotional health,...
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Meet Derrick Kimbrough: CPS administrator, former educator and lifelong learner

December 22, 2020

By Bailey Williams When Derrick Kimbrough was growing up on Chicago’s South and West Sides, he loved school so much that he’d often play school in his free time with his cousins. In each skit, Derrick insisted on acting out the role of the teacher by performing a lesson to his eager students. Decades later, Derrick transformed that early love of school into a career. After...
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Tyshon’s journey to finding Purpose and Joy in Fatherhood

December 16, 2020

By Sacha I. Urban  Content warning: This piece includes conversations about depression, sexual assault and suicide. Tyshon Shepard is a proud father of 3 boys. He spends his days taking care of his 2 younger sons, aged 1 and 2. His sons have given him purpose, leading him to set a goal of starting a business he can one day pass on to his sons.  “My kids...
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Survival to Survivor

December 10, 2020

By Bill Keller  Our addictions can bankrupt us. I definitely did that to myself and the relationships I had. I kept doing the same things, expecting to get a different result until I finally hit my rock bottom. I’m sharing my story to possibly reach someone who might be struggling and can relate to my journey. Know that things can get better and be different.  ...
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Meet some members of AFC’s Ryan White Community Advisory Board

December 9, 2020

By Bailey Williams   Each year, several people living with HIV volunteer to serve on AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC)’s Ryan White Community Advisory Board. Having received services and case management under the Ryan White Care Act, the Board members bring firsthand experience to their advocacy on the Board. Their feedback and insights on new AFC initiatives, programs and case...
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'I was sick and didn't even know it': How Medicaid helped Darrow Improve His Health

December 8, 2020

By Bailey Williams   Darrow Alexander, 57, of Chicago, started having pain in his pancreas, breathing problems and occasional chest pain. He wasn't sure what was going on and knew his options were limited because he was uninsured, but one day, he decided to go to Rush University Medical Center and inquire about his ailments.   While there, a staff member recommended...
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Meet Tim Jackson: AFC's new Director of Government Relations

November 25, 2020

By Bailey Williams    Tim Jackson vividly remembers the first political campaign he worked on at age 12 in Jackson, Mississippi.   Tim was at home with his mother when they both heard a knock on their door. His mother went to answer it, and Tim observed nearby, listening to the conversation taking place. Their alderman was running for re-election and wanted their...
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Here’s why LGBTQ+ Illinoisans should care about this election

October 27, 2020

By Mike Ziri, (he/him), Director of Public Policy at Equality Illinois   “2020 is the most important election of our lifetime.”  You’ve probably heard that a lot this year, and it’s true. And not just because of the presidential election.  The 2020 election should matter to LGBTQ+ Illinoisans for 3 big reasons that you may not realize:...
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Dramatic shifts in the Supreme Court could upend the legal rights of many Americans

October 22, 2020

By Colleen Connell, Executive Director of ACLU Illinois  The news of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death just weeks before the 2020 General Election solidified for many the role that Supreme Court of the United States will play – likely with an expanded conservative majority – in addressing numerous civil rights and civil liberties issues that affect our lives.  ...
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