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Professional Partners

AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families
http://www.aids-alliance.org
AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families is a national non-profit membership organization that was established in 1994 to a voice to the needs of women, children, youth, and families living with and affected by HIV and AIDS.

AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC)
http://www.aidschicago.org
AFC grants funding for local HIV/AIDS care and prevention programs, advocates for sound AIDS policy and increased public support for AIDS services, and through our Service Providers Council, develops and implements strategies for coordinating AIDS care and prevention services.

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago (ALCC)
http://www.aidslegal.com
ALCC delivers free legal services to more than 1,000 clients each year. In addition, the ALCC provides educational outreach and advocacy to promote the fair treatment of people with HIV and AIDS

Bethany Place
http://www.bethanyplace.org
Bethany Place is a nonprofit, community-based AIDS Service Organization (ASO) located in Belleville, IL, that provides comprehensive, coordinated services to people infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Better Existence with HIV (BEHIV)
http://www.behiv.org
Better Existence with HIV is a private not-for-profit AIDS service organization in northern Cook County, Illinois.  Founded in 1989 to address the alarming growth of HIV in Evanston, Chicago's north side, and the northern suburbs, BEHIV has grown into a regional service provider with 21 professional staff and 230 dedicated volunteers.

Central Illinois Friends of PWA, Inc.
http://www.friendsofpwa.org
Central Illinois Friends of PWA is an organization dedicated to serving the HIV/AIDS community in Central Illinois by offering mentoring, support groups, Ryan White & United Way financial assistance, HIV information, and connections to local resources for persons living with HIV.

Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF)
http://www.chicagobarfoundation.org
The CBF, the charitable affiliate of the Chicago Bar Association, improves access to justice for people who are impacted by poverty, abuse and discrimination. The mission of CBF is grounded in the belief that access to justice is central to our democratic society and that the efforts of a few can make improve the lives of many. CBF accomplishes their mission by awarding grants and other assistance to legal aid and public interest law organizations, encouraging the legal community to contribute time and money, functioning as a clearinghouse for information and resources, and providing community leadership regarding social justice issues.

Chicago Dept. of Public Health
http://www.ci.chi.il.us/Health
The Chicago Department of Public Health is responsible for protecting its residents and visitors through the prevention and control of disease and injury.

Chicago Recovery Alliance-Positive Change
http://www.anypositivechange.org
The Chicago Recovery Alliance facilitates harm reduction outreach sites across the city of Chicago.  The philosophy of the program is to respectfully collaborate with people in order to assist with any positive change as a person defines it for him/herself.

Children Affected by AIDS Foundation
http://www.caaf4kids.org
The mission of the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (CAAF) is to make a positive difference in the lives of children infected with HIV and affected by AIDS. CAAF accomplishes this by helping meet their diverse, special needs, advocating and educating on their behalf, and bringing joy and fun into their lives.

The Children’s Bureau
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/
The mission of the Children's Bureau is to provide for the safety, permanency and well being of children through leadership, support for necessary services, and productive partnerships with States, Tribes, and communities.

Chicago Department of Senior Services, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program
http://www.cityofchicago.org/seniorservices
Grandparent-headed households face unique disadvantages – advance age, isolation, poor health, low or fixed income, education deficiencies, lack of transportation, inadequate housing or support services - that make it especially difficult for some grandparents to provide for their grandchildren. The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Program promotes family cohesiveness (emotional, physical, and financial well-being of the family unit) and community stability by providing grandparents and other relatives raising grandchildren with information, education, and supportive services.

HelpSource-Human Services Guide for East Central Illinois
http://www.helpsource.org
HelpSource is the most comprehensive, online reference guide available to human services, healthcare providers, and residents of East Central Illinois and West Central Indiana.

The HIV Coalition
http://www.thebody.com/hivco/hivco.html
The HIV Coalition (HIVCO) is an organization of over 500 medical and social service professionals and community members who are committed to facing and responding effectively to the HIV epidemic. HIVCO's mission is to promote the awareness, prevention, treatment, and research of HIV in the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago. HIVCO is the Midwest’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender organization.

Illinois Dept. of Children & Family Services (DCFS)
http://www.state.il.us/dcfs
Social services are delivered to vulnerable populations through more than 200 Federally funded contracts with not-for-profit organizations, local governments, and educational institutions.  Funding for services is provided through he Title XX Social Services Block Grant.  The block grants’ goals are economic self-support, self-sufficiency, preventing neglect, abuse of children and adults, and preventing or reducing institutional care.

Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH)-AIDS/HIV
http://www.idph.state.il.us
The Illinois Department of Public Health provides AIDS/HIV information, ADAP, testing and other services.

Jewish AIDS Network-Chicago
http://www.shalom6000.com/janc.htm
Jewish AIDS Network is a grass roots organization dedicated to providing services and referrals to individuals infected with HIV/AIDS, and their families and friends who are also impacted.

The Men of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition (MOCHA)

http://www.tpan.com/mocha/mocha.html
Community-based organization serving African-American and Latino men who have sex with men by providing outreach, support groups, educational groups, HIV counseling and testing, STD screening, AIDS vaccine research, substance use counseling, mental health counseling, Ryan White HIV case management, and other HIV prevention and care services.

Midwest AIDS Prevention Project
http://www.aidsprevention.org
Each year, MAPP provides more than 700 safer sex workshops, presentations, trainings, media events, outreach events, and speaking engagements throughout the state. Audiences targeted have included teens, college students, gay and lesbian communities, women, people of color, health care workers, church groups, HIV outreach workers, Latino, Asian, and Arabic communities, and others. Since it began in 1988, MAPP has distributed over two million AIDS education materials and condoms, reaching more than 500,000 people.

Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center
http://www.uic.edu/depts/matec
MATEC is based at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Jane Addams College of Social Work. MATEC provides training and information services in seven states including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Each is charged with developing training and information services to meet the needs of their area.

Midwest Hispanic Health Coalition
http://www.salud-latina.org
The Midwest Hispanic Health Coalition is a recognized leader in not-for-profit development, advocacy and information dissemination to increase public awareness regarding the specific needs of the Latino population. The organization has contributed to the field by developing new prevention models, analyzing data on Latino populations, and implementing numerous culturally competent services to engage the Latino community in health care initiatives across the Midwest.

National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center
http://aia.berkeley.edu
The National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center's mission is to enhance the quality of social and health services delivered to children who have been abandoned, or at-risk of abandonment, due to the presence of drugs and/or HIV in the family. The Resource Center provides training, information, support, and resources to service providers who assist these children and their families.

Open Door Clinic
http://www.opendoorclinic.org
The mission of the Open Door Clinic is to aggressively confront the Human Immunodeficiency Virus with early intervention using primary medical services and compassion. The Open Door Clinics provide HIV testing, referrals for medical specialists and mental health providers, alternative care, HIV education, nutrition counseling, and substance abuse referrals.

Ryan White Care Act
http://hab.hrsa.gov/history.htm
In August 1990, Congress signed the Ryan White CARE Act to improve the quality and availability of health care services for people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. Named for Ryan White, the HIV positive teenager from Indiana who made headlines with his brave fight against ignorance and prejudice, the CARE Act funds a variety of health and social programs across the country.

Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN)
http://www.tpan.com
Founded in Chicago in 1987, TPAN continues to grow and evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of those affected by HIV and AIDS. TPAN offers a range of services, including treatment and resource information, support, mentoring programs, and yoga.  In addition, TPAN offers medical services, which focuses primarily on testing but also includes diagnostics and blood work, needle exchange programs, and other services.