In 2006, the Sinai Urban Health Institute published a report that showed a large and growing black: white breast cancer mortality gap in Chicago. Today, an African American woman is 62% more likely to die from breast cancer compared to a White woman here in Chicago. The alarming results of the Sinai study led to the creation of the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force. The Task Force today acts as a catalyst to address this health injustice. We leave no stone unturned, working collaboratively with our community partners to ensure that every woman has an equal chance at life when it comes to breast cancer. We also work with healthcare providers and in particular community and safety net hospitals to ensure that the quality of breast care is improved for all women here in Metropolitan Chicago.
Every year, the Task Force hosts the Celebrating Life Gala to honor those fighting to overcome the racial disparities in health care. This year’s gala on March 21, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm at Blue Cross Blue Shield, 300 E. Randolph, Chicago, IL 60601 honors the memory of Dr. Steve Whitman, whose groundbreaking work on racial disparities in healthcare led to the establishment of the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force. Dr. Whitman hated racism in all its forms and his vision that equity in health care is a human right continues to guide the Task Force's efforts. Also being honored are the Sinai Health System for their decades long work to achieve parity in breast cancer health and State Senator Mattie Hunter and State Representative Mike Smiddy for their efforts to pass breast cancer legislation.
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