World AIDS Day in Illinois

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Walgreens, Greater Than AIDS to partner with local orgs for National HIV Testing Day

DEERFIELD — Pharmacy chain Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS announced Monday that they would partner with local organizations to provide free testing for National HIV Testing Day. According to a press release, Walgreens will provide free HIV testing at locations in 260 cities on Thursday, June 27, between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. They’ll be working with local health departments, HIV/AIDS service organizations, and other community organizations to provide the testing. “Walgreens continues to support HIV testing since it is a critical first step in developing effective prevention and care strategies, regardless of status,” said Glen Pietrandoni, senior director, patient care and advocacy, Walgreens. “With more than 3,000 HIV-trained Walgreens pharmacists in communities across the nation, we can uniquely support HIV testing, education and care, working towards an end to HIV/AIDS.”
In addition to offering on-site free and fast HIV testing, counselors from local agencies will answer questions about HIV prevention and treatment options, including PrEP. No appointment is required. BioLytical Laboratories, Chembio Diagnostics, and OraSure Technologies, Inc. are contributing donated test kits and Abbott Rapid Diagnostics is providing support for outreach for the event.

AIDS Foundation of Chicago welcomes Nadeen Israel as new VP of Policy

CHICAGO — Last week, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) announced that Nadeen Israel as their new vice president of policy. In an email announcement, the AFC said that Israel started at the organization in 2018 as the director of policy. In her new role as VP of policy and advocacy, she will provide guidance to help AFC create a  policy strategy that supports the HIV community and advances health equity. 

“I’m humbled to have this opportunity and energized to work with my AFC colleagues and our partners to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV,” said Israel in the announcement. Prior to AFC, Israel served as the director of policy and advocacy at EverThrive Illinois where she led the organization’s policy development and implementation efforts on issues ranging from Medicaid and the ACA to maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. 

“Her deep knowledge of health policy and the social determinants of health, such as housing, will help AFC move the needle on our major initiatives, including the Getting to Zero Illinois plan, which aims to end the HIV epidemic by 2030,” said AFC’s President/CEO John Peller. “I am proud to appoint a strong, smart, compassionate woman of color to this role and look forward to continuing to work with Nadeen.”