Group support has been a cornerstone of TPAN since the agency's founding in 1987. Joining a community of those who understand and support you can help you live a healthier, happier life.
These groups are designed to meet the current needs and interests of TPAN’s clients—and are organized by topic or target audience. Educational and mental health groups are facilitated by licensed clinicians. Social support groups are facilitated by peer mentors.
NOTE: All TPAN group service schedules have changed since March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
To find out which of the groups below are currently active, LEARN MORE HERE.
All groups are free. Unless otherwise noted, active groups require a simple registration or in-take form.
Healthy Outcomes through Prevention and Education (HOPE)
Program incentives include:
- $15 gift card after your intake
- $25 gift card after your graduation
- $15 gift card after completing a three-month follow-up
- $100 value gift package
To learn more and enroll, CALL/TEXT Kendall at 312-888-1637 or Yamari at 312-887-1636.
TPAN has reduced the number of people allowed in our facility at any given time. Participants must follow all social distancing protocols, be screened upon entering the facility, and will be offered free masks and hand sanitizer.
Empowering Positive Innovative Change
EPIC is African-American same gender loving men over the age of 18 who are ready to learn what they can do to make healthy lifestyle changes. Participants will learn about topics which could be preventing them from living the life they want. Topics will include mental health, trauma and stigma related to gender, HIV status and race. Those enrolled and active in the program will attend an overnight health retreat at a local hotel. Participants who are ready to address substance abuse issues will receive referrals to our program partners.
Contact us for more information or to get your questions answered.
African American Men
Brothers United in Support (BUS)
Brothers United in Support (BUS) is an open weekly peer led group for HIV-positive Black and African-American men who identify as gay or bisexual, ages 18+. All are welcome to attend.
Bus meets weekly on Tuesdays. 7-8:30 PM
Men Over 45
An ongoing, therapist-facilitated group for long-term HIV survivors, 45+. Flourish members meet weekly to share stories of resilience and triumph in tackling the challenges of ageing, care-taking, and the ever-changing landscape of healthcare.
Join us for connections to community and social support, to learn new information and to try new strategies in managing your healthcare.
Flourish is lead by a licensed mental health professional.
An ongoing peer-led support group for people living with HIV, with a primary focus on men 50+. New members are welcome.
Educational + Therapeutic Programs
Committed to Living (CTL)
Committed to Living is an ongoing "lunch and learn" series hosted by TPAN for people living with HIV. A new HIV-related topic is presented each month by a knowledgeable facilitator. Previous CTL topics have included: "Side Effects with HIV Therapy," "HIV and Aging" and "The Impact of Mental Health on HIV Adherence".
View the TPAN Calendar for upcoming CTL presentations.
Committed to Caring (CTC)
Committed to Caring is an ongoing "lunch and learn" series hosted by TPAN for HIV/AIDS care providers—case manages, social workers—meant to help improve providers’ work with HIV-positive clients. Recent CTC topics have included: "HIV and Substance Abuse," "Considerations for Patients Late to Care," "HIV and Liver Disease," and "HIV and Mental Illness."
View the TPAN Calendar for upcoming CTC presentations.
Community Support & Education for Persons Living with HIV
TEAM (Treatment Education Adherence Management)
KNOWLEDGE. COMMUNITY. POWER.
Power comes from knowledge. The knowledge that you are part of a connected community can give you strength. TPAN's TEAM program empowers people living with HIV to understand HIV's basic biology, to find/continue conscientious health care, to begin/continue successful treatment, to manage the infection and prevent secondary infections, and to explore issues such as stigma and disclosure. The program is designed to meet the physical, medical, and emotional needs of HIV-positive individuals today. Best of all, TEAM is fun!
There are both live and virtual TEAM sessions available.
Recovering Substance Users
Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous
TPAN hosts Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings for HIV-positive or negative individuals.