Team PACPI exceeds $10,000 goal in AIDS Run & Walk

With a goal of raising $10,000 and recruiting 30 team members, all of us at PACPI are thrilled that our team of 42 members helped raise more than $12,800 for this year’s AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, hosted by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago!

You helped us raise 128% of our goal – we could not have done this without our team members and generous donors, thank you!

Cuts and proposed cuts to the state budget in addition to the budget impasse are making it increasingly important for PACPI to reach out to private donors like you and strengthen our foundation so we can continue to serve women and families in Illinois.

The Team Donation page is open through October 31 so get in your final donations soon!

PACPI team starting walk

Team PACPI starting walk

This event helps PACPI raise money to keep our programs going so we continue to serve pregnant and postpartum women living with HIV who have few resources and need access to care to manage their HIV diagnosis during and after pregnancy. Our programs have proven results to prevent perinatal HIV transmission.

Helping women establish a connection to care helps decrease HIV transmission to their child and any future children or partners. Treatment and care can reduce the risk of perinatal HIV transmission to less than 2%, which rocks!

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PACPI Mourns Susan Gevirtz

PACPI is saddened by the loss of one of our founding mothers. Susan Ruth Gevirtz was a founding member of Pediatric AIDS Chicago (PAC), the organization that created the Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative.

Susan served many years as a member of PAC and ultimately became president of the organization. Susan was passionate about the work that PAC and PACPI undertook to help prevent the transmission of HIV from mothers to babies.

Susan was a dedicated volunteer, a passionate fundraiser, and most importantly, a model mother to both her children and her community. Susan’s vision lives on in PACPI’s work.

Our thoughts are with the Gevirtz family and all her loved ones.

A memory or condolence can be shared on her legacy page.

Chicago Foundation for Women Grants $15,000 to PACPI

Chicago Foundation for Women Grants $15,000 to Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative to Make an Investment in Women and Girls

Chicago Foundation for Women’s spring 2015 primary cycle focused on freedom from violence and health access and awareness.

Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative (PACPI) was awarded $15,000 for their Perinatal HIV Enhanced Case Management from the General Fund at Chicago Foundation for Women. The spring 2015 primary cycle at Chicago Foundation for Women awarded $570,000 in grants to 34 Chicagoland programs. Perinatal HIV Enhanced Case Management intends to help vulnerable HIV-positive pregnant women to have healthy, HIV-negative newborns and establish a strong connection to continuing care for each mother and child.

CFW awarded 12 grants focused on access to health and health information. CFW grantees in the health portfolio are committed to supporting some of the most vulnerable women in Chicago. All grantee organizations serve or impact low-income women or women below the poverty line.

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Spanish-language Newspaper Hoy Interviews PACPI Executive Director

Spanish-language newspaper Hoy spoke with PACPI executive director Anne Statton at Wednesday’s rally to Pass a Positive Budget, organized by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Pass a Positive Budget is a community-driven campaign that fights for a fair and positive budget for FY16. The health and lives of individuals living with and impacted by HIV face serious threats this year. Read more about the campaign.

Full Hoy article in Spanish.

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Join Team PACPI at AIDS Run & Walk Chicago!

The event of the season is here!

AIDS Run & Walk Chicago will be Saturday, September 26th at Soldier Field.

PACPI is recruiting a team of 30 members and we need your help to raise more than $10,000 that will benefit programs for women and infants. Lace up your shoes and sign up to walk or run with us!

What:   AIDS Run & Walk Chicago 5K walk, 5K run or 10K run
Where: Soldier Field, 1410 Museum Campus Drive, Chicago
Who:    Team PACPI!
When:  September 26th, 8:00am-11:00am
How:    Go to PACPI’s team page to register using the discount code “30YEARSOFACTION” for $10 off your walk or run registration

Register today to begin fundraising and you’ll be eligible to win great prizes. Gift cards are available for fundraising milestones from Amazon, Target, Starbucks, iTunes, and more!

Midwest HIV Pregnancy Planning & Prevention Initiative

PACPI is proud to announce our role as a partner in the Midwest HIV Pregnancy Planning and Prevention Initiative (MHPPPI), a multiyear project led by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. The aim of the initiative is to reduce HIV infections and increase pregnancy planning among women in high HIV prevalence communities in the Midwest through building providers’ capacity.

Read the full announcement on the AIDS Foundation of Chicago website.AFC 30th year logo

MHPPPI will enable health care providers to better prevent new HIV infections among women by educating them about the spectrum of prevention tools. MHPPPI trainers and educators will place an emphasis on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a once-a-day pill regimen for HIV-negative people to protect themselves against HIV, post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), and female condoms.

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PrEPception Study in Chicago

Are you an HIV positive man who desires to have a baby with an HIV negative woman? OR Are you an HIV negative woman who desires to have a baby with an HIV positive man?

You may be eligible to participate in a research study about use of pre-exposure prophylaxis, PrEP, during conception.

Check out study info and if interested, contact Brianne Condron at bcondron@nm.org.

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5 Reasons to Visit the New 24/7 Illinois Perinatal HIV Hotline Website

5 Reasons to Visit the New 24/7 Illinois Perinatal HIV Hotline Website
1-800-439-4079

  1. The new Hotline website is easier to navigate and has a cleaner look. Key resources are quickly found on the home page.
  2. Caring for an HIV-positive woman in labor? The “hot” red button at the top of the home page lists step-by-step instructions on how to treat your patient. Call the Hotline and we’ll provide clinical consultation, referral, and follow-up assistance.
  3. Quickly access links to best practices and care recommendations for HIV-positive women in labor and women or infants with preliminary positive rapid HIV tests.
  4. You’ll find recent news and research as well as links for patients and other service providers.
  5. The Hotline website is THE resource for anything related to pregnancy and HIV.

SHARE the Hotline website with anyone who works in a hospital, clinic-based setting, or social service agency that serves pregnant women.

www.hivpregnancyhotline.org
1-800-439-4079

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