We have changed our name to Equal Hope.

Same great mission. Same great care. More great services. Now Equal Hope. Equal because we are committed to connecting everyone with the best possible healthcare. Hope because we believe everyone deserves hope for the future, especially when confronted with a difficult illness. Learn more about our new initiative at equalhope.org

The Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force (now Equal Hope) was established in 2008 in response to disturbing research by the Sinai Urban Health Institute (Whitman et al 2012), which showed Chicago’s African American women were dying at a significantly higher rate from breast cancer compared to their White counterparts.

Other major cities such as New York City and San Francisco did not have this level of disparity and Chicago itself had no such disparity in 1980 (Polite, Gluck, Brawley, 2019). This suggests that Chicago has specific challenges driving up this health inequity and that it is possible, to decrease or eliminate such disparities, as has been accomplished over the last decade.

From 2005–2007, immediately prior to the Task Force’s inception, Chicago had one of the nation’s highest breast cancer mortality disparities with African American women 62% more likely to die from breast cancer compared to White women in Chicago even though they were diagnosed less often. After a decade of work, an Equal Hope paper (Sighoko et al 2017) shows Chicago is now number 1 in the nation in reducing breast cancer deaths for African American women. The 62% death gap has been lowered to 39% and African American deaths are down 14%.

 

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