Advocacy Council


Join the Chicago Area Advocacy Council!


  • Despite advances in medicine and technology, African American women in Chicago bear the burden of breast cancer deaths by nearly 40%
  • The state of Illinois has failed to implement/fund two major initiatives that could have a significant positive impact on access to high quality mammography and treatment for all women
  • Local, state, and federal government are changing both laws and funding that affect access to care
  • The state budget crisis and threats to the ACA place insurance coverage at risk for millions of people in Illinois

What can I do about it?
You can advocate by voicing the concerns you have for yourself, your family and your community to the elected officials who are responsible for representing you. There are two great ways to get involved. 1. Sign up for advocacy alerts (below) to receive regular updates on how you can get involved by writing letters, signing petitions, or attending a workshop or 2. Join the Advocacy Council and participate in all of our leadership development and advocacy work. The council meets every other month to discuss how best to engage the community in new learning activities and how to engage lawmakers around women's health legislation.

What is the Advocacy Council?
The Advocacy Council is an advocacy leadership training program. The program focuses on sharing strategies and knowledge from experts to support the development of civic engagement and self-advocacy in South and West side communities of Chicago. This program aims to lift up and encourage women (Councilmembers) who have been affected by breast cancer to advocate for themselves and others. After the initial training and with the support of Task Force staff and partners, Councilmembers will have the tools to lead advocacy workshops within their own community.

Who can join the Advocacy Council?
While this program was initially designed for breast cancer survivors, any woman interested in becoming a member should contact us to learn more!

How can I learn more?
Join us for one of our Fall Kickoff & Training sessions for an opportunity to learn more about breast cancer, the basics of advocacy, the legislative process, and how to prepare and speak with city councilmembers. Food will be provided. Register at
: Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 10:00AM or Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 6:00PM

What is the time commitment?
The initial training is about 3 hours long. The Advocacy Council then meets about once a month throughout the year to discuss upcoming programs and activities. The time commitment for the entire year is only about 20 hours, but can be more depending on your level of involvement.

What is the overall goal of the program?
The Advocacy Council is intended to support the development of a vibrant network of survivors and advocates in the South and West side communities.

For more information, contact Anna at 312-942-5599.

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