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We are thrilled to announce that the AIDS Foundation of Chicago is at a turning point — a point in our journey that’s built on the foundation of 35 years of hard work and deep support for Illinois’ HIV/AIDS community. We are finally at a place where we can soon achieve true wellness for people living with HIV and AIDS — and the end of new HIV transmissions in our state. By focusing on five key priorities, AFC has worked in 2019 to reach new communities impacted by the epidemic in innovative ways, while continuing to provide housing, case management, and a megaphone to thousands across the state. Thank you for your support and trust in us to lead this incredible movement in this new direction — a path to zero.

With gratitude,


AFC guided the HIV community in a new direction in 2019. Together, we worked toward being stronger organizations, louder advocates, and better providers for our clients and participants.


Case managers

Convened 125 case managers to learn the latest on how to best support their clients through more than 50 in-person and online trainings.



partner organizations

Created space for 32 partner organizations to exchange ideas and learn about the edge of innovation through the Service Providers’ Council.




Mentored six small organizations on their journeys to support people living with and vulnerable to HIV:

The Association of Clinical Trial Service Transforming reentry services
Chicago Women's AIDS Project
Brave Space Alliance
GlobaL Girls
Project Vida


free events

Hosted or played a leading role in 12 free events, including daylong conferences, summits and trainings where our community had important conversations with one another on topics such as race and HIV in the workplace.

AFC’s Women’s Connection brought transgender and cisgender women together to improve HIV health care access in Chicago. Program staff led 18 trainings on cultural competency, social media, advocacy and more, and developed new ways to connect with isolated women living with HIV.
Every day, AFC walks alongside almost 7,000 people who need a little extra support to achieve their health and life goals. We’re advancing a health care system in which everyone has access to the care and housing they need to thrive.




case managers



Supported the journeys of 6,944 clients living with or vulnerable to HIV by partnering them with 125 case managers at 35 agencies who help them connect to health care, transportation and so much more.

$13.4 million

71 vulnerable clients

Supported the Center for Housing and Health in its administration of the Flexible Housing Pool, an innovative $13.4 million collaborative investing public and private dollars in providing supportive housing for 71 vulnerable clients.

1,182 people

442 clients

1,182 people were supported with long-term housing and supportive services. We also helped 442 clients with short-term assistance, including one-time emergency payments, to help them stay stably housed.



Located 1,427 people who were disconnected from their health insurance and helped them reconnect to care through the AFC program CommunityLinks.



Enrolled 108 people in the Safe and Sound Return Partnership, a project that supports people living with HIV who are leaving the prison or jail to ensure they receive the health care and services they need to prosper.


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Partnered with Brave Space Alliance to engage transgender and gender-nonconforming Chicagoans about open enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Cohosted the Bisexual Health Summit, in conjunction with the National Sexual Health Conference, alongside the Bisexual Health Task Force, co-led by AFC.

I used to wonder, like, ‘What am I here for? What is my purpose in life?’ And I have a purpose now.

Valerie Linzy
Valerie Linzy, a mom, a Chicagoan, and a client of AFC and Christian Community Health Center is thriving today; AFC’s case management system supported her during some tough times.

AFC used its bold voice for change to advance key pieces of legislation in Illinois in 2019. We also supported our advocate network in building a movement to end HIV criminalization, support the LGBTQ+ community and tell their stories to inspire change.

Inspired advocates to take action in person, over the phone and via social media on legislation that advances health equity.


visited springfield

148 advocates visited Springfield for HIV Advocacy Day on May 14, 2019.


traveled to washington, D.C.

13 advocates traveled to Washington, D.C. to fight for health equity at AIDSWatch.


contacted a legislator

122 calls

788 emails

270 advocates contacted their legislators through AFC, including making 122 calls and sending 788 emails on important policy issues that impacted the HIV community in Illinois for a total of 910 legislator connections.

Ending Laws that Harm People with HIV

Advanced HIV decriminalization work through establishing and growing the Illinois HIV Action Alliance and convening town halls across the state to build momentum and hear from the community.

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Pride Action Tank made LGBTQ+ rights a priority in city and state politics

Co-hosted a nonpartisan forum for Chicago mayoral candidates to hear their perspectives on LGBTQ+ and intersectional issues.

Presented a congressional breakfast on LGBTQ+ priorities that featured Illinois representatives.

Incubated and helped launch One Roof Chicago, a new LGBTQ+ centered organization to create intergenerational community for elders and youth in Chicago.

80 voices

Amplified 80 voices through original storytelling on AFC’s website and social media channels.

2019 marked a new era for health care in Illinois. Thanks to Govenor JB Pritzker and state legislators, AFC advanced 4 key bills that improve the lives of all Illinoisans — particularly people living with and impacted by HIV and AIDS. Our legislative wins in 2019 pave the way toward ending new HIV transmissions in the state and creating a state where all Illinoisans can thrive.
AFC continues to grow — and as we grow, we are evolving to improve the on-the-job experience for staff and volunteers. AFC focused intensely in 2019 on creating space for hard conversations about racial and social injustices, and how we must end inequity to achieve our vision for a better future.


Raised more than $785,000 through AFC’s special events, including AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, where participants raised almost $500,000 (a record!) and nearly $245,000 was returned to participating organizations.

racial equity trainings

Hosted three days of workshops for all AFC staff to increase knowledge around racial inequity and the impact white supremacy has on achieving health equity.

Engagement survey

Conducted a 113-question engagement survey to better understand AFC staff needs and build a pathway toward improving the workplace.


new positions


staff members



Added 8 new positions at AFC, which increased our staff to 103 members.

Recruited, trained and learned from 25 interns across AFC’s programs, advocacy and external relations endeavors.

In August, AFC moved to a new office space at 200 W Monroe St. to better support our 103-person staff and network of partner organizations and case managers. The move took intense planning and understanding of what staff and volunteers need to do their best work and feel supported.
Preventing new cases of HIV is at the core of our work — and now, it’s at the core of Getting to Zero Illinois, which will be achieved by increasing the use of PrEP and expanding access to HIV care and treatment. As a result, more Illinoisans living with HIV will be able to achieve undetectable HIV status, live healthier lives and prevent transmission (U = U, or Undetectable = Untransmittable).

Getting to Zero Illinois

Launched Getting to Zero Illinois, a ten-year plan to end new HIV transmissions in our state, alongside Govenor JB Pritzker and leaders across Illinois communities, with support from Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.



Received feedback on the draft plan from 785 people.


town halls

Hosted 9 community town halls about the plan.


work groups

Held the first meetings of the GTZ-IL Implementation Council and 7 work groups.


health care professionals



Trained 350 health care professionals across 8 trainings in the Midwest about PrEP and U = U through Project RSP.



Advanced initiatives around PrEP access and improved access to this HIV prevention method by leading the 391-member Illinois PrEP Working Group.

After a three-year, community-driven development process, Getting to Zero Illinois officially launched in May with a plan to make big changes in Illinois. “Through partnerships and a renewed focus on testing, treatment and prevention, we will save lives and stop HIV from impacting so many communities,” said Govenor JB Pritzker at a press conference heralding the plan release.

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