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The Magic of Dr. Mildred Williamson

February 25, 2021

By Kennedy Brookins When I agreed to write a post about Dr. Mildred Williamson, who most recently served as the Executive Director of HIV Services at Ruth M. Rothstein's CORE Center, I thought this would center Mildred ’s career — the accomplishments, metrics and awards. And let’s be clear, she’s got all of those. But as I started talking with Mildred and her...
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Flexible Housing Pool helps young families experiencing homelessness find permanent housing

February 17, 2021

By Bailey Williams  Shortly after having her son in 2019, Robin Petites found herself without stable housing. Her son stayed with his grandparents, while she couch surfed at friends’ apartments or slept in her car.    Robin’s household was just one of many families with children experiencing homelessness in Chicago. In 2018, the last year for which U.S. Census...
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The Editor’s Desk: Why we created and maintain a community-informed style guide

February 4, 2021

By Bailey Williams  For those of us who write, it is necessary to scrutinize not only the truth of what we speak, but the truth of that language by which we speak it. - Audre Lorde  A few weeks after George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis and protests galvanized the nation, the Associated Press Stylebook—the language and style guide most news outlets and many others...
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Organizations need to support newer advocates making community change

February 3, 2021

Editor's Note: This piece was originally published in conjunction with the Building Power Through Advocacy media training on January 29, 2020. By George M. Johnson Social media has allowed us the space to share important information in the form of a tweet and within minutes reach millions throughout the world. As it continues to grow as the leading force that is driving news...
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Queer Bronzeville: A Short History of Black Queer Chicago and AIDS Activism, 1920-1985

February 2, 2021

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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AFC program partners with online job platform RiseKit to expand resources for returning citizens

January 26, 2021

By Bailey Williams  Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, talks of record unemployment for the general U.S. population filled newspaper headlines and nightly newscasts. Alarm bells sound and talks of economic recovery continue, but not for everyone.   Almost two years before the pandemic, the Prison Policy Initiative found that the rate of unemployment for people...
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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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