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Convenings & Education

AFC serves as a knowledge and collaboration center for the HIV, health care and housing sectors in Illinois. Through its community-wide conferences, AFC convenes members of the public health workforce to explore topics like HIV and women; race, class and privilege; hepatitis C; and more.  These daylong trainings feature national thought leaders and ample networking opportunities.    


Policy and Advocacy Trainings:

Policy Fireside Chat: What’s at Stake This Election?
Hosted October 7, 2020

On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, AFC policy experts Kim L. Hunt, Aisha N. Davis, Esq., and Timothy S. Jackson discussed critical policy issues at stake in the 2020 General Election —including criminal justice reform, racial equity, Supreme Court decisions, voting, the Illinois Fair Tax and federal COVID-19 relief.
 

Policy Fireside Chat: Election Season & Beyond!
Hosted October 28, 2020

On Wednesday, October 28, 2020, AFC policy experts Kim L. Hunt, Aisha N. Davis, Esq., and Timothy S. Jackson talked through the final days of election season and what to expect after November 3 —covering critical policy topics such as the Census, last-minute voting reminders, the U.S. Supreme Court, federal COVID-19 relief, executive orders, Illinois state Fall Veto Session, and a local update on Mercy Hospital.
 

End of 2020 Legislative Session Wrap Up with Timothy Jackson
Hosted October 28, 2020

Just like almost everything in 2020, the Illinois legislative session was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the adjustments made to session, our representatives did meet to make decisions on the state budget and various legislation that will impact us all. What happened in Springfield this spring? AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) Director of Government Relations, Timothy Jackson, is here to walk you through it.
 

Advocacy Day 2020: Discrimination and COVID-19

As a part of Advocacy Day 2020, explore the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on Black communities and actions being taken by the city and state to prevent discrimination in care during the COVID-19 crisis.
 

Advocacy Day 2020: Setting the Foundation for OUR Future!

As a part of Advocacy Day 2020, sit in on a conversation between community members and legislators discussing the ways resources, services and advocacy must shift to build an equitable future in Illinois beyond COVID-19. 
 

Pride Action Tank: The Census, COVID-19 & Trans and Non-binary People
Hosted June 18, 2020

On Thursday, June 18, 2020, Pride Action Tank hosted The Census, COVID-19 & Trans and Non-Binary People —a panel conversation examining how the Census shapes public policy, political representation and impacts local resources for trans and non-binary people in the face of COVID-19.
 

Pride Action Tank: The Census, COVID-19 & Intergenerational LGBT+ Perspectives 
Hosted June 24, 2020

On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, Pride Action Tank hosted The Census, COVID-19 & Intergenerational LGBT+ Perspectives —an intergenerational panel conversation examining how the Census shapes public policy, political representation and impacts local resources for LGBT+ youth and older adults in the face of COVID-19.
 

Pride Action Tank: Illinois Congressional Delegation Breakfast 
Hosted August 25, 2020

On Tuesday, August 25, 2020, Pride Action Tank hosted their annual Illinois Congressional Delegation Breakfast where attendees hear updates on national efforts such as criminal justice reform, the Census, COVID-19 relief and mail-in voting —and submitted questions to members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation to learn what policy work is being done to support healthier communities in Illinois.
 

Pride Action Tank: Storytelling for Change Showcase
Hosted October 28, 2020

On Wednesday, October 28, 2020, as a part of the OUTReach Project, Pride Action Tank hosted the Storytelling for Change Showcase —featuring the stories of five LGBT+ older adults and a rich discussion about the unique challenges and pleasures of aging as LGBT+ people.
 

Pride Action Tank - Advocating for Change Showcase
Hosted December 9, 2020

 

Youth Advocate Solutions (YAS) + Hope and Healing Summit (2018/2019)

The Youth in Systems summit took place over two days, with the first day taking place on November 3, 2018 and the second day taking place on April 18, 2019. The two-day summit was meant to bring attention to and address the needs of LGBTQ+ systems involved youth. The final report can be found here

The goals were to: 

  • Create a platform that centers the voices and experiences of LGBTQ+ young adults to shed light on the issues they face and gaps in services, resources and opportunities, within systems of care. 
  • Identify opportunities to build capacity for families and communities to support systems-involved LGBTQ+ youth. 
  • Develop an agenda for advocacy, resources and inclusion with and for LGBTQ+ young adults and service providers.

OUTAging: Summit On Our Possibilities 2017 

This summit took place May 23-25, 2017 and brought together people from the LGBTQ community, particularly LGBTQ older adults, with service providers and stakeholders to discuss issues facing the LGBTQ aging community.  The final report can be found here.

OUTAging’s goals were to: 

  • Create a platform that centers the voices and experiences of LGBTQ older adults to shed light on the issues they face and gaps in services, resources and opportunities;
  • Provide a diverse and inclusive forum for redefining aging and care; and
  • Develop an agenda for advocacy, resources and inclusion with and for LGBTQ older adults.



Educational Webinars: 

Desire Driven Science: HIV Prevention Research, Pleasure and Equity
Hosted August 27 and 28, 2020

The purpose of this virtual conference is to educate the HIV workforce on the HIV prevention research pipeline in terms of new drugs and modalities. The webinar also features a panel of study participants who helped test long acting injectable cabotegravir for HIV prevention. Presenters include Dr. Sybil Hosek, Dr. Anu Hazra, Jim Pickett and Dr. Keith Green.

Presenter slides, fact sheets and handouts available here.
 

Thinking Inside the Box - Implementing Self-Testing Strategies for HIV and STIs
Hosted September 22, 2020

The era of COVID-19 is forcing us to adapt HIV and STI programming to ensure services remain accessible and desirable to the communities we are serving. Business as usual isn't the answer - we need to think inside the box. This two-hour webinar feature speakers from national and local Chicago contexts talking about programs and research around self and home testing for HIV and STIs. The discussion includes other strategies to improve access to testing that can serve us during COVID-19 and long after.

Presentation slides available here.
 

Evaluating the Tingle: Lessons learned from the PrEP4Love campaign
Hosted October 1, 2020

Researchers from George Washington University, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago discuss their published study findings related to Chicago’s ongoing PrEP4Love social marketing and community mobilization campaign. Several papers have been published and presented in the past two years which reveal how well the campaign has performed, while offering ideas, insights and potential directions for next steps and improving our efforts. 

Presentation slides available here.


HIV Sector Conferences

Positive Change II - Dismantling Racism in the HIV Workplace
Hosted October 29 and 30, 2020

The purpose of this virtual conference is to inform the HIV workforce and to reflect and strategize on the roles that leaders, communities and our organizations play in perpetuating structural racism and white supremacy. With grounding in an understanding of up-to-the-minute history, and the lived context of diverse populations heavily impacted by HIV such as Black and Brown transwomen, gay men, and justice-involved populations, participants will gain insights into building and sustaining a culture of Race Equity. Presenters include Dr. Sheldon Fields, Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, Dr. Russell Brewer and Dr. Tonia Poteat.

October 29 recording available here. Recording Access Passcode: #posday1
Presentation slides available here

October 30 recording available here. Recording Access Passcode: #posday2
Presentation slides available here

Triple Threat II: HCV, HIV and Opioids (2019)

This conference focused on the colliding co-occurring epidemics of HIV, viral hepatitis and opioids. It explored the scope, challenges and opportunities to reduce the infectious disease co-morbidities of injection drug use, especially those that can be implemented efficiently through the existing public health and medical systems.  

  • Conference Presentations

Advancing Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery in Opioids and other Substance Use Disorders (SUD) | Jeffrey Coady, Psy.D., ABPP, CAPT, United States Public Health Service, SAMHSA Regional Administrator (5)

Hepatitis C Update: key issues along the care continuum | Oluwatoyin (Toyin) Adeyemi, MD, Director, CORE Viral hepatitis Clinic, Senior Director for HIV services, Cook County
Health 

Chronic pain and the opiate epidemic | Glenn J Treisman, MD, PhD, Internal Medicine Director, AIDS Psychiatry Service at Johns Hopkins Medicine

Trauma-Informed Approaches in HIV, Hepatitis-C, and Opioid Use Disorder Care | Gabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADC, Director of Policy and Practice for Domestic Violence and Substance Use

The Power of Aligned Advocacy: Eliminating HCV | Jill Wolf, LCSW, Caring Ambassadors, Program, HCV Program Director