Planning Coalitions

Listed below are several planning coalitions both community based and federally mandated. If you're interested being an active part of the War on HIV/AIDS, one or more of these groups would be a great place to start and will help secure the future of the generations that follow us all.

Advocacy and Policy Committee: a standing committee of the Service Providers Council of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. This committee is comprised of advocates, community members and policy experts interested in HIV/AIDS legislation and funding at the local, state and federal levels. Meetings are held the third Monday of the month at 411 S. Wells Street. For more information, contact Jim Pickett at 312-922-2322 or

Chicago Area HIV Services Planning Council: a federally mandated planning coalition that is also known as the Ryan White Planning Council, establishes service priorities for the allocation of Ryan White CARE Act Title I funds. The CARE Act provides federal funds for medical and social support services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Members of the Planning Council are service providers, public health officials, and affected and infected community members. The Council meets the third Friday of each month from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon to conduct planning for the Chicago Eligible Metropolitan Area, consisting of Chicago and nine northeastern Illinois counties. For more information, please contact Linda Young at the Chicago Department of Health at (312) 747-9662, or

Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus(CBGMC): a coalition of community leaders dedicated to mobilizing the African American community and its allies to reduce overall health disparities and increase community wellness by: addressing homophobia, confronting HIV/AIDS, and identifying sound strategies to stopping the spread of HIV and other STD’s. The caucus meets monthly at various locations in the Chicago area.  For more information, contact Rob Warden at 312-388-0431 or

EASE(Empower, Advocate, Support and Educate): EASE's mission is to form a supportive network for people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and to ensure that they are at the forefront of all efforts to end the epidemic. EASE meets the second Thursday of every month. For more information, contact Patrice Dean at 773-271-2241 x. 203, or Bruce Edwards at 312-747-9645,

HIV Prevention Planning Group (HPPG):a federally mandated and demographically diverse group of volunteers working collaboratively with the Chicago Department of Public Health for the purpose of developing and overseeing the implementation of a comprehensive HIV prevention plan to reduce or stop the spread of HIV among the people of Chicago. The Chicago HPPG meets the last Wednesday of every month. For more information, contact Esther Moreno at 312-747-9668.

Northside HIV and Health Coalition: a collaboration and coalition among service providers of HIV/AIDS, TB, STD and substance abuse programs. The coalition meets on the last Friday of every month from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at Test Positive Aware Network, 5537 N. Broadway. For more information, contact Patrice Dean at (773) 271-2241 x. 203,

Southside HIV/AIDS Resource Providers (SHARP): a network of HIV/AIDS services consumers, health and human service providers dedicated to quality HIV/AIDS services, by providing local support, advice and advocacy to ensure the equity of services in the southern metropolitan Chicago region for all health disparities that affect the African American community. SHARP is the city’s oldest regional planning group, established in 1995 and meets the third Monday of every month at Ferrell House, 1415 E. 65th Street between 2:30pm and 4pm. For more information contact Phyllis Rodgers at 312-572-4861 or

South Suburban HIV/AIDS Regional Coalition (SSHARC): a coalition of service providers who’s mission is to facilitate quality coordinated and comprehensive services with dignity and respect for individuals living with or at risk of, and affected by HIV/AIDS in South Cook County, through a broad base of community organizations, health department and HIV/AIDS service consumers. The coalition meets the second Monday of the month from 10 am-12:00 pm at 1645 Cottage Grove in Ford Heights, IL. For more information contact La Trese Denton at 708-753-5835 or

Westside HIV/AIDS Resource Providers (WHARP): a multi-member coalition of community organizations, businesses, individuals and HIV/AIDS services consumers concerned with the provision of comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention and care services, substance abuse, direct care and other health promotion services on the west side of Chicago. WHARP meets the third Monday of the month at Prevention Partnership, 5936 W. Lake Street. For more information, contact Linda Johnson at 773-650-3216 or

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