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AFC announces 2016 Ryan White award recipients
From a press release
2015-11-30

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The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) is pleased to announce the 30 organizations selected to receive an estimated $7 million in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grants to serve the HIV community throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.

Funding through the federal Ryan White program, which distributes $2.3 billion nationwide to support people living with HIV, allows AFC to create a system of collaborative partnerships between Chicago-based organizations, establishing holistic and quality care for clients in Cook and the surrounding nine counties.

According to Simone Koehlinger, AFC's senior vice president of programs, "The Ryan White program and the coordinated system of care that AFC leads is vital. This safety net ensures that people living with HIV —specifically those who do not have insurance or who have inadequate insurance — can get the care they need."

"Funding for these services comes from the Chicago and Illinois Departments of Public Health. We are grateful for these funders for providing outstanding leadership for HIV services in the Chicago metro area and beyond," said Koehlinger.

In August, AFC released its first Ryan White request for proposals ( RFP ) in over five years, inviting Chicago-area organizations to submit applications for funding their support programs for people living with HIV. The majority of funding supports organizations that work to keep HIV-positive clients connected to care through the largest coordinated HIV case management system in the country, led by AFC.

"Over the past several years, the case management system has been adjusting to the changes that have come with the Affordable Care Act. Our increased understanding of this new system has highlighted opportunities to continue to serve our clients in new and increasingly better ways," says Iliana Gilliland, AFC's director of care.

To make selections that would generate the greatest impact for clients, AFC coordinated proposal review panels consisting of AFC staff, Board members and public health professionals. Each panel scored proposals collaboratively based on their wide range of perspectives. AFC used the scores of these panels, as well as information about communities hardest hit by the epidemic and the experience of the applying organizations, to make its final assessments.

Bashirat Osunmakinde, AFC's director of Ryan White client services, says, "We selected applicants who demonstrated an understanding of client needs and the new health care landscape." Roman Buenrostro, AFC's director of special projects, adds, "The shift in the larger health care system presented AFC with the opportunity to work with funders and partner agencies to build an even more impactful and responsive model of service delivery."

The announcement of the Ryan White award recipients closely follows the release of Positive Momentum, AFC's new strategic plan, in which the organization commits to improving health equity and mobilizing communities to serve the HIV community in Illinois. The organization plans to reach these goals by refocusing its efforts on populations highly impacted by or vulnerable to the virus. The award recipients reflect this commitment, as a significant portion of the selected agencies serve communities of color and transgender women.

Ultimately, AFC President/CEO John Peller says, "AFC and its partner agencies have a greater focus on performance-driven outcomes and proof of high quality services. We are holding ourselves and each other accountable to continually monitor and improve how we serve people with HIV. AFC is delighted to work collaboratively with a strong network of agencies who are innovative and deeply committed to co-develop a new model of care for people living with HIV."

2016 Ryan White Award Recipients by Service Category

Service Category / Agencies

Ambulatory / Outpatient Medical Care

Core Center

Erie Family Health Center

Food Bank / Home Delivered Meals

Catholic Charities of Chicago

Heartland Health Outreach

Legal Assistance

Legal Council for Health Justice

Mental Health

Alexian Brothers Housing & Health Alliance

Catholic Charities of Chicago

Children's Place Association

Christian Community Health Center

Core Center

Erie Family Health Center

Oral Health

Athena Dental Group, PC

Christian Community Health Center

Howard Area Community Center

Open Door Clinic

Provident Hospital

Psychosocial

Alexian Brothers Housing & Health Alliance

Haymarket Center

Test Positive Aware Network

Universal Family Connection, Inc

Substance Abuse Outpatient

Haymarket Center

Healthcare Alternative Systems

Transitional Housing

Alexian Brothers Housing & Health Alliance

Children's Place Association

Haymarket Center

Healthcare Alternative Systems

Medical Case Management

Agape Missions

Austin CBC

Catholic Charities of Chicago

Chicago House

Children's Place Association

Christian Community Health Center

Core Center

Erie Family Health Center

Heartland Health Outreach

Howard Brown Health Center

Lake County Health Department

Michael Reese

Open Door Clinic

Project Vida Inc.

Provident Hospital

Sinai Health System

Southside Help Center

South Suburban HIV / AIDS Regional Clinics

Test Positive Aware Network

UIC-Community Outreach Intervention Project

University of Chicago

Non-medical Case Management

Catholic Charities of Chicago

Heartland Health Outreach

Howard Brown Health Center

LR Anixter Center - CALOR

Open Door Clinic

Puerto Rican Cultural Center

Southside Help Center

Test Positive Aware Network

University of Chicago

View a map of where 2016 Ryan White Award Recipients can be found throughout Chicago and its surrounding areas on our website here: www.aidschicago.org/page/news/all-news/afc-announces-2016-ryan-white-award-recipients .

About AIDS Foundation of Chicago

Founded in 1985 by community activists and physicians, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) is a local, national and international leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS. AFC collaborates with community organizations to develop and improve HIV/AIDS services; fund and coordinate prevention, care, and advocacy projects; and champion effective, compassionate HIV/AIDS policy. To learn more, visit www.aidschicago.org .


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