March 27, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $6.7 Million Federal Grant to Help Prevent HIV & AIDS in Chicago


[CHICAGO, IL] –U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $6,713,737 in federal funding today to provide comprehensive and efficient HIV/AIDS care beyond essential medical services to low-income Chicagoans and families across the city. The funding is intended to be used by the City of Chicago to strengthen supporting services that enable those living with HIV/AIDS and their families the ability to remain in primary medical care to improve their overall medical outcomes.

“We must build on the progress we’ve already made addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and this important funding will help improve health outcomes for some of Chicago’s most vulnerable communities,” Duckworth said. “I look forward to continuing my work to end this crisis once and for all.”

“This critical funding will support comprehensive patient care and help improve the quality of life for Chicagoans living with HIV and AIDS,” Durbin said. “Senator Duckworth and I will continue fighting for health programs and funding streams that support people living with HIV and AIDS, such as protecting the Medicaid program, increasing funding for medical research that leads to new cures and treatments, and ensuring access to affordable and accessible housing and transportation.”

Today’s funding comes through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which works to enhance the quality of healthcare by investing in training a skilled healthcare professionals and improving healthcare for individuals in the most vulnerable communities across America.