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Causes: AIDS, Civil Rights, Disabilities, Disabled Persons Rights, Health, Public Health

Mission: TPAN empowers people living with HIV through peer-led programming, support services, information dissemination, and advocacy. We also provide services to the broader community to increase HIV knowledge and sensitivity, and to reduce the risk of infection.

Target demographics: All adults impacted by, living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS. Our services reach the greater Chicagoland area and our publication reaches nearly 100,000 nationally.

Programs: Education and information- team (treatment education adherence management)-tpan's innovative,ten-hour, peer-led treatment education program focuses on the successful management of hiv and the prevention of secondary infection. Team provides a safe, supportive and structured environment in which participants can learn and leverage their own life experiences and be linked to a system of care. Core curriculum topics include: "the history of hiv/aids", "our physical bodies", "hiv and the immune system", "antiretroviral treatment", "complications of the course of hiv/aids", "mental health and substance abuse", "hiv stigma", "how to self-advocate for one's health" and "pre-exposure prophylaxis (prep)". Positively aware-tpan is the publisher of the hiv/aids treatment journal positively aware-the leading not-for-profit publication serving the hiv community. The mission of positively aware is to be the premier source of unbiased information on hiv treatment, emerging drug therapies, clinical trials, and other critical information for people living with hiv, as well as their friends, families, caregivers and professionals in the field. Positively aware educates and empowers those living with hiv/ aids to advocate for their health care; editorial content is focused on accurate, up-to-date treatment information and in-depth coverage of the most important medical conferences. Positively aware is published bi-monthly and reaches 100,000 readers with each issue.

substance abuse services - our voices advocating health (ovah! )-funded by samhsa, ovah! Is a comprehensive program that integrates hiv and substance abuse prevention education. Program goals are to reduce substance use, decrease risky sexual behavior, increase hiv testing and increase the quality of life of participants. The target population is african-american men who have sex with men (msm) between the ages of 18-24. Healthy outcomes through treatment, empowerment, and recovery (hotter)- funded by samhsa, hotter aims to reduce the impact of behavioral health problems, reduce hiv risk and incidence, and increase access to treatment for individuals with co-existing behavioral health, hiv, and hepatitis conditions. Hotter ensures that individuals who have or are at high risk for a substance use and/or a co-occurring mental disorder and who are living with or most at risk for hiv/aids have access to appropriate behavioral health services. Tpan is partnering with lutheran social services of illinois and chicago lakeshore hospital for this endeavor. The target population is african-american men who have sex with men (msm) between the ages of 18-29.

client advocacy - total care portal (tcp)-provides the infrastructure supporting the linkage and follow up between tpan's programs and services received at other agencies and providers. Tcp staff monitor client engagement, treatment adherence, risk behaviors and health outcomes. Staff also conduct regular assessments, provide referrals and are responsible for updating tpan's database system with tcp-related activities. Medical case management-operated within aids foundation of chicago's coordinated case management system, case managers assist clients with applying for benefits, accessing emergency funds, identifying medical and social service needs, facilitating appropriate referrals to meet service needs and acting as a broker between clients and services. Case managers also assist clients with staying adherent to the treatment regimens in order to achieve better health outcomes. Lifeline-an early hiv intervention program which provides hiv positive individuals who have fallen out of care or are newly diagnosed with intensive, one-to-one support. The main goals are to help these individuals find quality hiv medical care and to remain adherent to treatment regimens in order to improve overall health. Housing advocacy-a tpan housing advocate assists low income, hiv positive clients with finding and maintaining safe and affordable housing.

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Love TPAN services, like INCARE, POWER, and TEAM.In 2011, TPAN served a record number of clients andimplemented new programs, including Visual Arts and L.I.F.E. (Learning Immune Function Enhancement).