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Ann Dunmore

Affectionately known as “Big Momma,” ANN DUNMORE was a tireless advocate, giving voice to the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. Ann’s engagement with the HIV/AIDS community began at the AIDS Alternative Health Project (AAHP). Ann saw the very real effects of HIV/AIDS on the community and the impact of advocacy. It was there, that Ann made friends with other like-minded individuals who were unapologetically vocal, unwaveringly passionate, and undeniably tenacious. As a woman living with HIV, she wanted to improve the lives of other women living with the virus. Shortly thereafter, Ann Dunmore, agent of change, found agency at the Chicago Women’s AIDS Project (CWAP).

What was learned at AAHP, CWAP, the Chicago Area HIV/AIDS Services Planning Council, the HIV Prevention Regional Implementation Group, the Prevention Community Planning Group, and the AFC Service Providers Council Executive Committee, was used to create the South Suburban HIV/AIDS Regional Coalition (SSHARC). With clarity of purpose, Ann became the Patient Care Coordinator within the Ambulatory Clinic Network of Cook County. Her title belied the sheer amount of administration, coordination, advocacy, networking, lobbying, planning, navigating, and strategizing required to build and sustain a model program that consists of HIV ambulatory care, outpatient mental health, case management, outreach, HIV counseling and testing, evidence based HIV prevention, school based programming, and rigorous quality improvement/management.

Ever the doting mother, Ann worked hard to nurture the program. Morning, noon, or night, Ann could be found tending to some aspect of the program. She had a keen eye for talent and cultivated her staff. She proudly touted SSHARC as a viable, vital, and necessary force in the southland. Ann’s life is a testament to the power of one. She was a remarkable person who gave form to a transformational idea that is making a difference in the lives of countless individuals in the south suburbs.

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Our administrative office is located on the Oak Forest Health Center campus. Our address is: SSHARC Oak Forest Health Center, Bldg. B-11 15900 South Cicero Avenue Oak Forest, Illinois 60452 (708) 633-2868