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The Women's Connection

The Women’s Connection Project's goal is to increase engagement in the HIV care continuum. AFC, in collaboration with geographically diverse partner organizations that have rich histories serving cis- and transgender women of color living with and vulnerable to HIV, will develop and regularly convene a task force comprised of a broad range of stakeholders. The Task Force will be comprised of organizations that have focused on HIV, as well as those that serve women, but have not traditionally provided services or programs related to HIV. The primary objective of the Task Force is to develop and implement a local plan to engage women of color in Chicago across the HIV continuum of care. Specific Task Force activities include the following: conduct a needs assessment of women of color living with and vulnerable to HIV; develop an asset map of resources serving the target population; develop a shared data collection tool that will allow participating organizations better understand the demographics and needs of the cis- and transgender women they serve.

For more information, contact L'Oreal Bailey at lbailey@aidschicago.org.

The Women's Connection

The Women’s Connection Project's goal is to increase engagement in the HIV care continuum. AFC, in collaboration with geographically diverse partner organizations that have rich histories serving cis- and transgender women of color living with and vulnerable to HIV, will develop and regularly convene a task force comprised of a broad range of stakeholders. The Task Force will be comprised of organizations that have focused on HIV, as well as those that serve women, but have not traditionally provided services or programs related to HIV. The primary objective of the Task Force is to develop and implement a local plan to engage women of color in Chicago across the HIV continuum of care. Specific Task Force activities include the following: conduct a needs assessment of women of color living with and vulnerable to HIV; develop an asset map of resources serving the target population; develop a shared data collection tool that will allow participating organizations better understand the demographics and needs of the cis- and transgender women they serve.

 

Safe and Sound Return Partnership

SSRP is a three year-program that will help coordinate services for returning citizens with HIV and AIDS. This collaborative, multidisciplinary intervention will bring together providers of HRSA, HUD/HOPWA, and DOL funded services. SSRP is a three-pronged intervention that works at the client, provider, and systems levels to ensure continuity of and retention in care and reduce structural barriers that can impede ex-offenders’ progress along the HIV treatment cascade. SSRP will leverage the existing infrastructure of AFC’s Correction Program, which has partners within the Cermak Health Services/Cook County Jail, Cook County’s public health system, while strengthening existing partnerships, and establishing new collaborations. The three main focus points:

  1. Rapidly connect 215 high-need Persons Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) recently released from Cook County Jail and Illinois prisons to medical, housing, and employment services, along with other supports such as behavioral health treatment.
  2. Develop and deliver trainings to increase capacity of citywide housing and employment providers.
  3. Convene a cross-system SSRP Coalition to reduce systemic barriers/gaps and develop strategies to increase access to and coordination of comprehensive medical, housing, and employment resources for ex-offenders with HIV/AIDS.