Congressman Bill Foster Invites You to Attend the Affordable Care Act & Health Care Forum Thursday, April 13th Yellow Box Community Christian Church  1635 Emerson Ln Naperville, IL 60540 6:00pm – 8:00 pm This event is free and open to the public Join us to hear the latest about the debate over health care and the Affordable Care Act.  We must remain vigilant against future efforts – both legislative and regulatory – to roll back progress on health care. Come and hear from health care experts and people from right here in our district about the importance of protecting our care.   Forum Participants Include: Perry Maier – Director of Open Door Health Center Illinois Courtney Hedderman – AARP Associate State Director – Advocacy & Outreach Jennifer Wirth – 11th District Constituent   Andrea Jones – 11th District Constituent  As well as representatives from Illinois Hospital Association Click here for the Read more >

Executive Director, Perry Maier, addressed the board, staff & key stakeholders with this message at Open Door’s Annual Meeting on March 21, 2017. His address: In 2016, Open Door completed our three-year strategic plan. It was based on eight building blocks that linked to the core elements of Patient Centered Medical Home. Comprehensive care, Patient Centered, Coordinated Care, Accessible services, Quality and Safety, Health Information Technology, Disciplined Practice Management & Financial Stability. The Executive Director, Senior Leaders and the Board were committed to develop the needed blueprint for key initiatives to fulfill the mission and vision of Open Door. Open Door was and is able to provide care to those with HIV through an interdisciplinary team approach to address the physical (acute/chronic), behavioral health, psychosocial support, and prevention.  Along the way we were able to assist with the family members of our existing patients as well as expanding to care of those who identified as Read more >

A message from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Decline signals HIV prevention and treatment efforts in the U.S. are paying off, but not all communities are seeing the same progress.  The number of annual HIV infections in the United States fell 18 percent between 2008 and 2014 – from an estimated 45,700 to 37,600 – according to new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) presented today at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle. Progress, however, was not the same among all populations or areas of the country. “The nation’s new high-impact approach to HIV prevention is working. We have the tools, and we are using them to bring us closer to a future free of HIV,” said Jonathan Mermin, M.D., director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. “These data reflect the success of collective prevention Read more >

Open Door Advocacy Alert January 26, 2017 ACT NOW TO PROTECT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. It’s difficult to decipher what is fact from fiction in the news right now. We at Open Door will do our best to help keep you informed with the facts. Currently Congress has taken the the first step in the process to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This could take healthcare coverage away from 30 million people by introducing a budget resolution. We do not know when or how health coverage will change, but we do know that we have to do everything in our power to encourage our government to make good choices to ensure that healthcare premiums do not increase, pre-existing conditions including HIV/AIDS continue to be covered and that there continues to be comprehensive coverage for people living with HIV/AIDS including prescription drug services, inpatient hospital care, lab testing and mental health Read more >

January 12, 2017 An Open Door Health Alert There is a serious flu virus that is currently going around called Norovirus. Most noted symptoms include: Acute Nausea Diarrhea and/or; Vomiting lasting up to 4-5 days A High Fever A Headache Aching muscles in your arms and legs If you are experiencing these symptoms, please stay home so you do not do not pass the virus along to others. Please call Open Door or your primary care provider if you are experiencing these symptoms. If you are a patient in Aurora contact  630.264.1819 ext. 324; in Elgin contact 847.695.1093 ext. 217. The Nurse will discuss your symptoms before she schedules an appointment for you. Because it is highly contagious, Norovirus can and should be managed at home unless you become dehydrated, at which time you should go to the ER. The Center for Disease Control advises people to protect themselves from Read more >

In this edition: Recognizing Challenges of Growing Older with HIV Holiday Party Invitation The Importance of Oral Health Meet Josh B. – New Retention Specialist and more…. Click Here to view October’s newsletter.

In this edition: Six Questions People Ask National Recovery Month 15 Ways to Live to be 100 When You Have HIV and more…. Click here to view this months newsletter: CAC September 2016 Newsletter

Team Open Door’s team has gained another walker, our team is now 17 participants – great efforts to those who have been sharing and recruiting! Team Open Door has reached 13% of our fundraising goal – We’re off to s great, steady start. Great job to Jim Burns, Mary McCarthy and Eric Rahn for their fundraising efforts.   In your efforts to fund raise, recruit more team participants, and share the Chicago AIDS Run/Walk, please feel free to use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as one of your sharing methods!  Hashtags (#) are a great way to share and connect, here are some of the ones you can use: #TeamOpenDoor #BandTogether #HIV #AIDSRunChi #AIDSWalkChi #TakeAction Access your participant center: Log in to your participant center to create you fundraising page, which you can send to your friends and family. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions, ideas, or for Read more >

In this edition: HIV Prevention for People Living with HIV Meet Estefany & Teresa – Two New Staff Members Learn About Upcoming CAC Events and more…. Click here to view this months newsletter: CAC August 2016 Newsletter

Come rock out to some great music with friends and family while supporting Open Door!! Tuesday, July 26th Open Door will be running the concession stand at Wing Park for Elgin’s Concert in the Park Series, featuring Hillbilly Rockstarz. All concerts are free of charge, but remember to bring a few dollars to purchase popcorn, refreshing beverages and other treats from Open Door’s concession stand. All proceeds will go toward Open Door’s Walk Team goal of $5,000 for the Chicago AIDS Walk. Also, don’t forget lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the live music. A little bit about Hillbilly Rockstarz – All the top hit-makers are on this super bands set list- Kenny Chesney, Band Perry, Sara Evans, Billy Currington, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich. Yes…even some Taylor Swift to round out the younger fans, HBRS also mixes in a few rock classics from Bon Jovi, Guns & Read more >

“My experience with HIV has taught me…how important it is to take better care of myself. HIV has helped me maintain freedom from my abuse of alcohol and drugs, making it, for me, a curse and a blessing. Every day alive is another day to live. Life is a special gift; accept it graciously.”  ~ Karen – Open Door Client Karen is one of 1,100 reasons we are walking and raising money on October 1st at the AFC AIDS Run/Walk in Chicago. Our team is growing and working hard – you should become part of it today! Team Open Door’s fundraising total is just shy of the $600 mark, we’re only $5 away!  Keep up the hard work everyone – Amazing job to Jim Burns and Tanya Jenkin’s for your awesome fundraising efforts! Open Door will be hosting a concession stand for Elgin’s Concert in the Park Series. This event Read more >

In this edition: 15 Ways to Live to be 100 When You Have HIV Meet Orlando Cruz, Open Door’s Newest Case Manager Learn About HOPWA and more…. Click here to view this months newsletter: ODHC CAC Newsletter July 2016

Team Open Door has already raised over $400!  Special shout out to Open Door Team members, James Burns & Dennis Vargas for kicking off the first week of fundraising at such a strong start. Each team member has been provided with their own fundraising page, linked to the Open Door team fundraising page.  Stop in and take a look at why each of our team members are participating. If you are on our team and have not completed your personal fundraising page, do it today! Your sign in information is the same that you provided when registering for the walk.  There are helpful email templates to use when asking for donations as well as a ‘thank you for your donation’ template.  The website will also feature your fundraising goal, progress, as well as Team Open Door’s and some other cool features! If you are not part of the team, consider joining us or Read more >

Governor Rauner must sign SB 2038 for human services funding With the end of the regular legislative session on May 31, it has become even more difficult for any new appropriations bills to pass the General Assembly. SB 2038 currently awaits action by Governor Bruce Rauner and could be the only chance the human service sector has to see even partial funding for FY 16. We must make sure that he signs SB 2038. For over eleven months, the human service sector has been without any state funding to keep providing essential services to Illinoisans most in need. HIV services, supportive housing and mental health treatment are just a few of the many programs that have been held in the lurch while Springfield has failed to act. While SB 2038 is not a solution to the overall problem in Springfield, it may be the only FY16 funding social service providers Read more >

June 3, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Open Door Health Center has received a grant from the Chicago Department of Public Health and HUD to provide housing opportunities for people living with HIV/AIDS in DuPage County. Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA) will allow Open Door to provide subsidies for clients to maintain a stable living environment, which is an essential element to accessing healthcare and HIV related services. “The prevalence of HIV/AIDS is up to 9 times higher among persons who are homeless or unstably housed,” states Perry Maier, Open Door Interim Executive Director. “The need for stable and affordable housing becomes more urgent after becoming infected.” The Housing and Health Study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) found housing status is one of the strongest predictors of access to treatment and positive health outcomes for people living with Read more >

In this edition: 10 Keys to Live Well with HIV Magical Thinking in HIV: Much More Than Denial Upcoming Events and more…. Click here to view this months newsletter: CAC June 2016 Newsletter

Legislative Update – 4/12/16 Provided by our friends at AIDS Foundation of Chicago  Substantive Legislation Three of AFC’s legislative priorities were voted out of committee last week in the House: Representative Greg Harris’ bill, HB 6073, the Vital Records Modernization Act, which allows transgender Illinoisans to update their birth certificate to reflect their lived gender identity prior to undergoing surgery, passed out of House Human Services Committee on a vote of 8-6-0, with Yes votes coming from Democrats and all No votes from Republicans.  The bill now moves to the House floor. Representative Carol Ammons’ bill, HB 6213, also passed out of House Human Services committee on a unanimous vote with the promise that we would continue to work with Medicaid providers and the Illinois Department of Health & Family Services (HFS) to reach a compromise agreement.  This legislation aims to improve health literacy of Medicaid managed care enrollees and Read more >

In this edition: Meet New CAC Board Member David S. Advocay Day & Summer Picnic Info HIV Super Spreader Case Article and more…. Click here to view this months newsletter: CAC April 2016 Newsletter

In this edition: The Mind-Body Connection CAC Member Spotlight Illinois State Government Article and more…. Click here to view this months newsletter: CAC March Newsletter

Are You Following Open Door on Social Media? In addition to our Facebook page, Open Door is now on Twitter, Instagram and on YouTube! Find links to each of our social media pages below and ‘Like’, ‘Follow’, and ‘Subscribe’ to each of our pages!   Facebook: Open Door Twitter: @OpenDoorIL Instagram: OpenDoorHealth YouTube: OpenDoorHealth

In this edition: Warming Up to HIV and Exercise CAC Member Spotlight Case Manager Corner and more…. Click here: CAC February Newsletter  

The deadline to enroll in health care coverage is approaching fast. The article below outlines what Harvard and AFC identify best IL health care plans for people with HIV/AIDS. Health Care Plans

The Open Door Client Advisory Committee is celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary with a new look for their newsletter. Please take a peek inside to view all of the exciting changes and what the CAC has been up! CAC January 2016 Newsletter

In this edition: The Challenge of Defining HIV Remission High Cost of HIV Medication, and more…. Click here: CAC December Newsletter

Our Outreach and Prevention Coordinator, Marcos Bostho, was awarded 2015 Member of the Year by the Elgin Hispanic Network in recognition of outstanding service and dedication to the Hispanic community.  Since the ceremony, which took place on November 18, 2015, Marcos discuss his award with Elgin Hispanic Network’s very own Gil Feliciano.  To read more about his nomination and what the award means to him, please click on the following links below. To read the nomination, click here: Nomination for Marcos Member of the Year To read his Member of the Year Interview, click here: EHN Member of The Year Interview   Click here for additional information on the Elgin Hispanic Network.

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