Our work

Professional Development & Leadership Building

Community engagement, effective mobilization and education are key components of the work AFC does to strengthen the public health sector in Illinois. 

Over the past 15 years, AFC has created coalitions and taskforces to promote cross-training for community members and care providers to work together. Most recently, AFC’s Women's Connection Taskforce has been helping providers better understand the challenges of the community of people most impacted by HIV and AIDS, while educating community members on best advocacy strategies.  

History of AFC Leadership Building 

Since 1993, AFC has developed and led professional learning and skill development sessions for leaders in the HIV, housing and public health sectors. AFC has the capacity and expertise essential to deliver engaging, relevant trainings from professionals and experts in HIV/AIDS and evidence-based practices for vulnerable populations. Our goal is to ensure a competent and compassionate workforce to serve people living with and vulnerable to HIV and other chronic conditions. 

Rooted in adult learning theories and other training theory, AFC provides over 100 opportunities per year for professional development and growth of our HIV workforce.  We provide basic awareness trainings to inform other service sectors on the state of HIV. We build basic competencies and advanced opportunities for our HIV workforce. AFC also supports the ongoing nurturing of an HIV-positive workforce with training and skills for people leaving the criminal justice system to re-enter the workforce. 

AFC works with managed care organizations, health insurance plans, and health and hospital systems to ensure staff receive a customized, comprehensive training that leads to an informed and competent workforce.

For more information, contact Kathye Gorosh, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, at kgorosh@aidschicago.org.

Board Development  

  • Board development
  • Individual fundraising  

Case Manager Competencies 

  • HIV 101
  • HIV and stigma
  • HIV and people of color
  • Ethics and HIV
  • HIV and insurance navigation 

Communication Strategy 

  • Creating an elevator speech
  • Branding and marketing

Flexible Training Delivery Modality

  • Introductory HIV and aging training
  • Strategies for behavioral health screening 

Trauma-Informed Care