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From Service to Service: How Jose Diaz's Journey Came Full Circle at the 2022 USCHA

December 7, 2022

  This year’s US Conference on HIV and AIDS was held on the island of Puerto Rico in its capital city, San Juan . The island is rich in history with San Juan (founded in 1521) being the oldest city in the US territory and the island itself, after being colonized by Spain and later the US (as a result of the Spanish-American war ), is considered by some to be the...
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AFC awards $8.82 million in Ryan White grants to 40 organizations to provide HIV-related care and services

December 1, 2022

AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) will distribute $8.82 million to 40 organizations to deliver high-quality, cost-effective Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program services in Cook County and surrounding Collar counties. In September 2022, AFC released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to local organizations to support eleven service categories under the Ryan White program. The Ryan White program serves people...
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CCLC Upclose (Series): TCA Health

November 30, 2022

In June this year, AFC and  Pride Action Tank  announced the pilot launch of the  Connection to Care Learning Collaborative (CCLC) , which seeks to work with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and look-alikes in Chicago to increase their capacity to provide LGBTQ+ HIV care for their patients.   This Learning Collaborative is focused on increasing capacity...
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AFC Honor's the Life and Legacy Of Clinton Latimore

October 6, 2022

It is with heavy hearts that we, the AFC family, announce the loss of our colleague and friend Clinton Latimore, but it is with a joyous spirit that we celebrate his life.   Clinton joined the AFC family in 2019 as an intern with the Housing Stabilization Team and Housing Navigation Program. Over the years, he made a significant impact on Chicago and the people fortunate...
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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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Caprice Carthans believes transgender health care must be rooted in reality and healing

August 23, 2022

By Indigo Quashie Caprice Carthans is a member of AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s Board of Directors and Community Advisory Board (CAB) and fierce advocate for competent transgender health care across the city. As a Black transgender woman herself, Caprice centers her advocacy work around supporting, inspiring, and protecting her communities and the physical spaces they inhabit...
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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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PAT’s Co-Creating Futures 2021 summit report shares how BIPOC and LGBTQ+ leaders can be involved in public policy work

July 14, 2022

By Indigo Quashie Between July and September of 2021, Pride Action Tank (PAT) , through the support of AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) , hosted three monthly events geared towards bringing together BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and LGBTQ+ leaders to work collaboratively to discuss the ways community members can be involved in public policy work...
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LGBTQ+ youth share their DCFS experiences at Pride Action Tank Youth Summit

June 16, 2022

By David Fischer, Juvenile Justice, Education, and Youth Development Consultant, Quo Vadimus, LLC  Do you remember the first-ever document you had to sign? Maybe it was an assent to participate in a survey in high school or college for aid paperwork. How carefully did you read that document? Did all of it make sense? For some children and youth, one of the...
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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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