Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago
We are so excited to be participating in the AIDS Run & Walk for the second year in a row! PHIMC enhances the capacity of public health and health care systems to promote health equity and expand access to care, and one of the many ways we do that is by supporting programs that directly address issues facing individuals living with HIV and AIDS, including the Community Reentry Project and Ryan White Quality Management Program. For more information on what we do, you can visit phimc.org.
In 2016, 1.1 million people in the United States reported having HIV, with an additional 38,789 people reporting diagnosis in 2017. Of these individuals, 1 in 7 did not know the had HIV. Huge strides have been made in research, treatment and prevention, but certain marginalized communities are still affected more than others. That’s why this work is so important, and we hope you’ll join PHIMC in making a difference.
AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s (AFC) annual AIDS Run & Walk on October 5 is an opportunity to raise funds for our vital programs and others that ensure public health access and equity while also raising funds and awareness for AFC at the same time. We hope you'll join us!
There are lots of ways to get involved:
• JOIN OUR TEAM! Being a part of the PHIMC team is easy – all you have to do is visit bit.ly/AIDSrw, click REGISTER, select “JOIN A TEAM,” search “PHIMC” and select “Community Partner Organization” and select us before completing your registration.
• The great news about this year’s Run & Walk is that there is an added option to be a VIRTUAL WALKER and join the team without the expectation of walking at the event; all you have to do is raise some money! You can do this via personalized e-mails, calls, or by creating a Facebook fundraiser (instructions on that can be found at bit.ly/AIDSrwFB).
• MAKE A DONATION! You can either donate to our team directly at a team member's page. Our fundraising goal is $10,000, and truly even $5 helps!
Either way, we hope you'll join us in the effort to help PHIMC and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago do the work that we hope will create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV or chronic conditions.