AIDS Foundation of Chicago interim president and CEO John Peller penned a great column on the “Mississippi baby” story in the Windy City Times, pointing out what we can do about HIV now, thanks for including PACPI’s work with women and infants!
Peller says, “The Mississippi baby shows that pregnant women with HIV need access to programs like the Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative, which helps vulnerable moms deliver healthy, HIV-negative babies. If the Mississippi baby’s mother had access to such a program, her daughter may have been born into this world HIV-free.”
Here at PACPI, we work with the most vulnerable of women who are HIV-positive and need additional support and links to care and services. Our programs help women and families just like this family in Mississippi. We work to prevent transmission of perinatal HIV by focusing on the mother’s health and addressing needs in her life.
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Kimo of Chicago Spirit Brigade, Jonathan of Great Lakes Bears, and Anne Statton of PACPI at The Call!
This spring, Chicago Spirit Brigade (CSB) held the Spring Fling Drag Review featuring Ashley Morgan at The Call to raise money for PACPI. Another local organization, the Great Lakes Bears of Chicago, committed to matching the CSB funds raised that night. Such generosity, we were almost left speechless! We received a donation of more than $1,600 from the Spring Fling.
CSB uses their athletic abilities and love for performing to raise funds for direct care services of men, women, and children living with life-threatening challenges like HIV/AIDS. Every dollar donated to their blue buckets is matched by CSB thanks to their Spread the Cheer fund.
PACPI was also invited to attend and speak at CSB’s Starry Night fundraiser in July for the Spread the Cheer fund, which was created to support organizations like ours.
Julie Howes 2014 Adler Intern
We had the pleasure of hosting Julie Howes as an intern from Adler School of Professional Psychology for the 2014 spring semester. Julie is an Art Therapy student at Adler and worked with PACPI as part of her community service practicum. Despite the slow start to the semester due to the cold winter temperatures we all faced, Julie jumped right in to our follow-up project.
PACPI case managers work with our moms until their infants are about six months of age. After that point in time, we find that retention in care frequently drops. The follow-up project began in 2013 as a way to collect retention data from former PACPI clients by following up with them at three-month intervals.
Julie also provided assistance for various programs and projects including: arranging meal donations for our prenatal class, completing satisfaction surveys with exiting clients, contacting Illinois hospitals for Rapid Test result reports, helping distribute excess bottles and thermometers, and taking an in-kind donation inventory.
Intern support is valuable to PACPI thanks to the experience that individuals can bring to specific projects as well as additional program support to the PACPI staff.
If you know someone currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program who is looking for an internship, please refer them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Relevant fields of study include: public health, statistical analysis, marketing, creative writing, photography, public relations, or communications.