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  • AGING SERVICES AND ADVOCACY

    AGENCY: THE CARE PLAN
    ADDRESS: Chicago 60601
    CONTACT: Jacqueline Boyd
    PHONE: 630-479-0083
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    8:00a.m. – 6:30p.m. Monday through Friday

    At The Care Plan, we cultivate a culture of client-directed care. Our client-directed approach to care means that we keep you firmly rooted at the center of health and aging decisions. We listen first, share expertise and advice on your aging future. Prepared with knowledge and perspective gleaned from our years of expertise, you are able to anticipate potential needs and plan accordingly. It is impossible to have your wishes executed if you have not prepared adequately to age. Failure to plan ahead generally results in choosing the path of least resistance when faced with a health challenge, and it is easy to fall between the cracks.

    Aging Services include: Identity, health profile, care needs, support system, end-of-life wishes, legacy planning, financial resources, advanced directives, and legal protection.

    All of our services are tailored to meet your individual needs, however, these are the areas we find our LGBTQI-identified clients most often desire assistance and support: Same-Sex relationship rights, homophobia & trans phobia discrimination prevention, HIV discrimination prevention, trans & gender spectrum 101, pronoun preference & name enforcement, and family of choice.

    We work to provide affirming care to transgender and gender expansive individuals who seek our services. We recognize these individuals often have experienced barriers to quality health and aging services due to discrimination, ignorance, and intolerance. We explicitly educate our practitioners on harm reduction.

    Associated Tags: advocacy , aging services , care needs , discrimination , education , end of life , harm reduction , lgbt , LGBTQ , mistreatment , Training

  • Comprehensive Primary Care and Wellness Services

    AGENCY: HOWARD BROWN HEALTH
    ADDRESS: 641 W 63rd St, Chicago, IL 60637
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 388-1600
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    Howard Brown Health exists to eliminate the disparities in health care experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education and the provision of services that promote health and wellness.

    9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 11:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. Tuesday. 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. Friday

    Associated Tags: Cholesterol , Diabetes , health , HIV , Howard Brown , Hypertension , primary care , south side , STI , Weight Management

  • ADVOCATING FOR COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT

    AGENCY: A.C.E.
    ADDRESS: 5038 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60639
    CONTACT: Kathryn Mercado
    PHONE: (773) 669-6223
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. Monday through Friday

    A.C.E. is a community that advocates a healthy lifestyle for young men of color, ages 18-29, who have sex with other men.

    Our Moto: “Belong, Be Safe, Be Empowered.”

    We offer FREE HIV/STI Testing Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

    We host fun, social, educational, empowering events for men.

    We offer outings and outreach and incentives for participating.

    Free condoms and lube.

    Volunteer opportunities

    Associated Tags: advocacy , empowerment , HIV , HIV testing , men , safe , STI , volunteer , young men

  • Right Fit for You

    AGENCY: RIGHT FIT FOR YOU
    ADDRESS: 2828 North Talman Ave. Chicago, IL 60618
    CONTACT: Sam Provenzano
    PHONE: (219) 545-2909
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE:

    Right Fit for You, Inc. Chicago’s premiere online network of LGBT & LGBT-Friendly Personal Trainers and fitness facilities in Chicago.

    Our mission: to provide the LGBT community with a comfortable training atmosphere from start to finish. Search our network of personal trainers at no cost and find the right fit for you!

    Associated Tags: fitness , gym , health , Right Fit For You , trainer , Training

  • VIDA Wellness Center

    AGENCY: PROJECT VIDA
    ADDRESS: 2659 S. Kedvale Ave., Chicago, IL 60623
    CONTACT: Alejandra (Alex) Pena
    PHONE: (773) 277-2291
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    Project VIDA is a culturally-focused HIV/AIDS prevention and direct services community-based organization located on Chicago’s West Side. Project VIDA was founded by a consortium of volunteers in 1992 to address the unique needs and concerns of Latino and African American individuals at risk for or currently living with HIV/AIDS. We began with two co-founders distributing condoms out of a hardware store in Little Village (over 90,000 residents), then grew to have our own space, and now have two sites with dedicated and committed staff, volunteers, contractors, and Board of Directors. Project VIDA’s mission was newly revised in 2010 and is now “to improve quality of life and reduce health disparities in underserved communities by promoting self-empowerment and providing holistic health education and direct services.”

    The VIDA Wellness Center provides Oriental medicine, such as acupuncture and massage therapy to the South Lawndale/Little Village community, as well as the rest of the Chicagoland community.

    Condoms are available to the general public on a walk-in basis during general operating hours, Monday thru Friday at the following two sites:

    Free and confidential HIV counseling and testing is available to the general public by appointment or during general operating hours on a first-come, first-serve basis, at the following two sites listed below.

    Associated Tags: African American , condoms , HIV , HIV testing , HIV/AIDS , Latino , Oriental medicine , prevention , PROJECT VIDA , testing , wellness center

  • HIV Case Management

    AGENCY: PROJECT VIDA
    ADDRESS: 2659 S.Kedvale Ave., Chicago, IL 60623
    CONTACT: Andrew Roberts
    PHONE: (773) 277-2291
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Monday through Friday, by appointment

    Project VIDA is a culturally-focused HIV/AIDS prevention and direct services community-based organization located on Chicago’s West Side. Project VIDA was founded by a consortium of volunteers in 1992 to address the unique needs and concerns of Latino and African American individuals at risk for or currently living with HIV/AIDS. We began with two co-founders distributing condoms out of a hardware store in Little Village (over 90,000 residents), then grew to have our own space, and now have two sites with dedicated and committed staff, volunteers, contractors, and Board of Directors. Project VIDA’s mission was newly revised in 2010 and is now “to improve quality of life and reduce health disparities in underserved communities by promoting self-empowerment and providing holistic health education and direct services.”

    The HIV Case Management service provides medical and supportive case management to clients living with HIV/AIDS; including food, transportation, referrals, medication adherence counseling, housing assistance, etc.

    Associated Tags: African American , case management , Hispanic , HIV , HIV/AIDS , Latino , PROJECT VIDA , west side

  • Stroger Hospital Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine

    AGENCY: CORE CENTER
    ADDRESS: 2020 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60612
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (312) 572-4500
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    The Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine at Stroger Hospital & CORE Center is staffed by physicians, psychologists, nurses and social workers who provide comprehensive medical and mental health care for adolescents and young adults ages 13-24. All services are confidential, bilingual (English/Spanish), youth and LGBT friendly. If you need an immediate appointment, contact Brenda Robinson at (312) 864-3582.

    Associated Tags: adolescent , advocacy , Core Center , health , mental heatlh , prevention & wellness , primary care , youth

  • Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital

    AGENCY: EDWARD HINES, JR. VA HOSPITAL
    ADDRESS: 5000 S. 5th Ave., Hines, IL 60141
    CONTACT: Lorry Luscri and Mandi Evanson
    PHONE: (708) 202-8387
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Every Monday through Friday 8:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.

    Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, located 12 miles west of downtown Chicago on a 147-acre campus, offers primary, extended and specialty care to all veterans and is a key treatment facility within the Great Lakes regional network of VA hospitals and outpatient clinics. Specialized clinical programs include Blind Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury, Neurosurgery, Radiation Therapy and Cardiovascular Surgery. The hospital also serves as the southern tier hub of the Great Lakes region for pathology, radiology, radiation therapy, human resource management and fiscal services.

    Hines VA hospital is a leader in treatment equality and is committed to providing quality care to all veterans, including the estimated 26,000 Illinois veterans who identify as LGBT. In order to provide culturally-sensitive and appropriate services to the LGBT community, Hines VA hospital emphasizes four core elements: 1) patient non-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation and gender identity, 2) an equal visitation policy that allows any person the patient chooses, including same-sex partners to be present during a patient’s stay, 3) an employment non-discrimination policy, and 4) training in LGBT patient-centered care. Their efforts in promoting equality were recognized in 2013 by the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index as being a leader in LGBT Health Care Equality.

    Hines VA hospital currently operates 471 beds and six community based outpatient clinics in Elgin, Kankakee, Oak Lawn, Aurora, LaSalle, and Joliet. Over 600,000 patient visits occurred in fiscal year 2010 providing care to over 54,000 veterans, primarily from Cook, DuPage and Will counties. In FY 2010 the budget for Hines was over $510 million, allowing them to provide a wide range of primary and specialty services to all members of the veterans community.

    Associated Tags: adult , basic needs , case management , counseling , end of life , health , homeless services , intensive treatment , mental health , prevention & wellness , primary care , specialty care , substance use , veterans

  • Youth Drop-In Center

    AGENCY: PROLOGUE LGBT SOUTH SIDE DROP IN CENTER
    ADDRESS: 1857 E. 71 St., Chicago, IL 60649
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: None Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    New LGBT South Side drop in center!!!
    Description
    Prologue is a multi-site, community-based high school and GED program founded in 1972. It is state-recognized and NCA accredited.

    We Offer:

    A Safe Heaven to Meet
    Free Rapid HIV Testing
    Connect To Care
    ILI Assessments
    Incentives
    Safe Sex Kits
    Referrals
    Peer Lead Groups
    Peer Support
    Internet Access
    Help Finding a Shelter
    Help Writing a Resume
    Referrals to our Alternative High School / GED Program
    And Much More!!!

    Associated Tags: basic needs , career and employment , drop-in center , education , health , HIV/STD , prevention & wellness , Prologue , Prologue LGBT South Side Drop In Center , youth

  • Community Health Action Plan

    AGENCY: CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH @ CITY OF CHICAGO
    ADDRESS: 333 S. State St., Rm. 200, Chicago, IL 60604
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (312) 747-9884
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: N/A
    HOURS:
    Unknown

    The LGBT Community Action Plan serves as a supplement to Healthy Chicago, the City’s public health agenda. It identifies ways to address high rates of smoking, obesity, HIV prevention, access to care, and other concerns within Chicago’s LGBT community. The Chicago Department of Public Health developed this plan in coordination with City leaders and community health providers across the city, and also relied on input from LGBT residents and allies of the community.

    The action plan outlines 22 strategies to improve the overall health of the LGBT community, including: improving data collection, addressing violence within the community, improving cultural competency about LGBT-specific concerns among Chicago’s health providers, and improving overall inclusion of the LGBT community across the city in order to better connect members with health resources and information.

    Associated Tags: basic health , Chicago Community , Chicago Department of Public Health , city of chicago , community , health , Healthy Chicago , prevention & wellness

  • Free Resources for Young Women

    AGENCY: YOUNG WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT PROJECT
    ADDRESS: 2334 W. Lawrence Ave., Ste. 221, Chicago, IL 60625
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: None Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Thursday 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.

    At Young Women Empowerment Project girls can get involved right away! If you are between the ages of 12-23 and have experienced trading sex for money, drugs, a place to stay, survival needs, gifts or protection or gang involvement — then feel free to come by. YWEP is open to any person who identifies as girl… that means transgender girls are welcome here!

    We have an Open Time every Thursday from 4-7pm where girls can:

    Use the Computer/Internet
    Get clothes from the FREE clothing exchange
    Meet and talk with other girls and get support
    Get FREE clean rigs and works or drop off your dirties
    Get FREE condoms and safer sex supplies

    After Open Time you can stay for a GIRLS in CHARGE meeting from 6:30-8:00pm every Thursday

    Associated Tags: basic needs , clothing exchange , free condoms , girls , health , internet use , needle exchange , prevention & wellness , safe sex , support groups , transgender , women , Young Women's Empowerment Project , youth , YWEP

  • Open Door HIV/STI Screening Clinic

    AGENCY: OPEN DOOR
    ADDRESS: 164 Division St., Ste. 607, Elgin, IL 60120
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (847) 695-1093
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown

    The HIV testing program targets high-risk populations of Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM), and high-risk heterosexuals including sex workers, sex partners of HIV-positive MSM’s, persons who have multiple unprotected sex partners, users of IV and non-IV drugs, and sex partners of Intervenous Drug Users. Persons receiving these services will be provided pre and post-test counseling per Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and State of Illinois.

    Associated Tags: health , HIV , HIV testing , MSM , prevention , prevention & wellness , primary care , STD

  • Our Voices Advocating Health (OVAH)

    AGENCY: TPAN
    ADDRESS: 5050 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60640
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 989-9494
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    9:00a.m. to 9:00p.m. Every Monday through Thursday, 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. Every Friday

    The prevention department’s mission at TPAN is to maintain the agency’s reputation as being Chicago’s first one-stop agency for individuals looking for HIV prevention information, HIV testing, counseling and/or referrals. OVAH! is primarily targeted towards young, at risk people of color. This can include MSM’s as well as substance users, or people who just want to know how to stay safe.

    Associated Tags: African American , AIDS , education , health , HIV , men , Men who have sex with men , MSM , prevention & wellness , primary care , recovery , STD , substance use , TPAN

  • Heartland Alliance Heathcare Services

    AGENCY: HEARTLAND ALLIANCE
    ADDRESS: 2645 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 275-2586
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    Varies

    Heartland Health Outreach, a program of Heartland Alliance, specializes in providing and advocating for accessible, affordable health-care services to those who have historically been hardest to reach. Heartland provides a full range of primary, mental health, dental, oral, and substance use treatment and care and takes a holistic approach.

    Associated Tags: affordable , dental , doctor , health care , heartland alliance , oral , primary care , substance use

  • HIV Outpatient Primary Care, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Services

    AGENCY: PROVIDENT HOSPITAL
    ADDRESS: 500 E. 51st St., Chicago, IL 60615
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (312) 572-2724
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    By Appointment

    Provident Hospital HIV Program provides comprehensive, wrap-around services that include outpatient primary care, mental health, psychosocial, dental, substance abuse, medication adherence, outreach/prevention and case management services to approximately 400 HIV patients residing in South side community areas.If you need transportation to your clinic appointment, please call the nurses office at (312) 572-2734 or (312) 572-2736 at least one day prior to your appointment.

    Associated Tags: basic needs , case management , health , HIV , mental health , prevention , primary care , Provident Hospital

  • Primary Health Care

    AGENCY: ARIS HEALTH
    ADDRESS: 3000 N. Halsted St., Ste. 711, Chicago, IL 60657
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 296-8400
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Aris Health focuses on providing complete patient-centered primary care for adults, families and children within the GLBT community. Aris focuses on ensuring that patients are involved in the care they receive from their medical providers and fostering long-term provider-client relationships, where patients and providers work together

    Associated Tags: Aris Health , doctor , health , primary care , primary health care

  • HIV Testing & Share Safely

    AGENCY: HIV ELIMINATION
    ADDRESS: 5841 S. Maryland Ave., Chicago, IL 60637
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (866) 747-0074
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    Varies

    Get Tested
    You have lots of options for getting tested! You can:

    Call our hotline at 1-866-747-0074 or email “I need an HIV test” to hivelimination@uchicago.edu
    Find the Chicago Department of Public Health or Planned Parenthood clinic closest to you for free HIV or STI testing.

    Share Safely
    If you have been diagnosed with HIV or a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and would like to ask any sex or needle-sharing partners to get tested, OR if you know someone who you think was exposed to HIV or an STI, we can help you tell them anonymously. We will send them a personal message which does not include any information that can be used to identify you.
    -First, provide us with as much information as possible in the form below (you must enter either a phone number or email for the recipient for us to contact him/her)
    -When we receive the form, we will email or text you within 24 hours to confirm that the information you provided is accurate
    -You must send your confirmation within 24 hours
    -Within 24 hours after you reply to us, we will send this to the recipient:
    “This is a message from the University of Chicago Medicine. Someone who knows you thinks you might be at risk for HIV or STIs. For help getting a free test, call 1-866-747-0074. ”
    Once we have sent this message, it will be up to the recipient to obtain testing. We will send the message only once, and we will not contact you further. Your information will be permanently deleted from our system and will not be used for any other purpose.

    Please note: We cannot tell you if the recipient has received a test, nor can we guarantee that they do so.
    Thank you for encouraging others to get tested!

    Associated Tags: Anonymous sharing , health , HIV Elimination , HIV testing , HIV/STD , prevention , prevention & wellness , primary care , STD , STI Testing

  • HIV Care Clinic

    AGENCY: MICHAEL REESE RESEARCH AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION
    ADDRESS: 2525 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60616
    CONTACT: Norma Rolfsen, RN
    PHONE: (312) 791-3465
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    Varies

    The HIV Care program is a recognized leader in integrated primary and multi-speciality care for people living with HIV disease. This twice-weekly clinic provides a seamless system of care to approximately 300 patients in all stages of HIV disease both with and without insurance, from the neighborhood and the metropolitan area.

    Care is provided regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Established by concerned medical residents at Michael Reese Hospital in 1989, HIV Care actively continues the mission of the former medical center in serving the underserved alongside all patients at the same high level of care and also in initiating new approaches to treatment that further enhance effectiveness. The staff is extensively trained in cultural competency in LGBT and other population-specific issues.

    Associated Tags: health , health care , HIV , HIV positive , low-income , Michael Reese Research and Education Foundation , primary care , STD

  • Generation L, Prevention Intervention for MSM & MTF

    AGENCY: AMIGAS LATINAS @ ASTREA FOUNDATION
    ADDRESS: 2703 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622
    CONTACT: Cassandra Avenatti
    PHONE: None Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    None Listed

    We currently have youth programming for folks of all genders, as well as free HIV/STI Testing, Comprehensive Risk Counseling Services (CRCS) and a safe and identity-affirming drop-in space. Generation L is a community-level HIV prevention intervention for MSM and transgender (male to female) youth between the ages of 18-24. The program utilizes social events and public performances to convey a prevention message, and is designed to be fun and relevant for queer Latin@ youth. The group members design monthly safer sex campaigns, conducts monthly themed (and often costumed!) outreach and hosts social events throughout the year. Additionally, participants facilitate safer sex sessions called ‘Just the Tip’ each month in the youth space. We have opportunities for youth to obtain a small stipend for their participation.

    Associated Tags: amigas latinas , astrea , astrea foundation , education , generation L , health , HIV , HIV prevention , Latino , male-to-female , men , MSM , mtf , prevention , prevention & wellness , queer , STD , trans , transgender , youth

  • Illinois HIV/STI/STD Hotline

    AGENCY: STATE OF ILLINOIS
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (800) 243-2437
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    24 hours a day

    This hotline is free and anonymous offering callers the most up-to-date, medically-accurate information on AIDS/HIV and sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs), emotional support, and state-wide referrals for healthcare and social services related to AIDS/HIV and STDs. This program offers services in English and Spanish and provides a wealth of information and referrals to callers.

    Associated Tags: health , helplines and eSupport , HIV , HIV/STD , hotline , illinois , prevention & wellness , STD , STI , support