Advocacy Council

Call for members! Join The Advocacy Council!


  • Despite advances in medicine and technology, African American women in Chicago bear the burden of breast cancer deaths by over 40%
  • The Illinois budget crisis places program funding for life-saving breast cancer screening and treatment in grave danger
  • Local, state, and federal government are changing not only laws but funding that affects access to care
  • The ACA repeal places insurance coverage at risk for millions in Illinois, jeopardizing access to screening and early detection

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. For hands-on advocacy training, consider joining The Advocacy Council.

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 communities on the South Side 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 set out to lead advocacy workshops within their own community.

Who can join The Advocacy Council?

Initially designed for breast cancer survivors, any woman interested in becoming a member of the Advocacy Council should contact us to learn more!

What is included in the course?

The training covers the basics of advocacy, the legislative process, how to prepare and speak with city councilmembers (aldermen), peer training skills, and much more.

How long will the program take?

The initial training is about 3 and a half hours. The Advocacy Council will meet intermittently to check in with each other throughout the year at a time most convenient for the Council. Councilmembers will coordinate advocacy workshops within their own community, at a minimum of two for 2017. For the entire year, the estimated time commitment is only 18-24 hours.

Overall goal of the program?

To support the development a vibrant network of survivor-advocates in South Side communities.

How can I get involved?

Please contact Ariel Thomas at, or 312-942-0335 for more details on how to get involved.

I Need A Mammogram I Have Breast Cancer Community Services Get Involved Calendar Of Events