Who We Are
Many women are not able to get care or don't get the best quality of care based on where they live, the type of insurance they have, how much money they earn and their race. These inequalities leave women of color and poor women in a situation where they are more likely to die from breast cancer or become sicker due to their battle with the disease. The Task Force believes that this is unacceptable: a woman should have the same access to high quality care regardless of her race or ethnicity, where she lives, how much money she has or the type of insurance she has if she has insurance.
In order to deal with this problem, the Task Force has worked with different organizations and community members to
1. Advocate for increase funding for the state's program for breast and cervical cancer known as the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP program), which provides free mammograms and Pap tests for uninsured women.
2. Improve the quality of care delivered in hospitals and clinics for all women
3. Educate the public about the importance of breast cancer screenings
4. Educate the public about breast cancer inequalities (disparities)
5. Fund other community based organizations working in breast cancer outreach and education
6. Work with legislative officials on the many ways that we can improve healthcare for all through changes in the law.
Although a lot has been accomplished we still have much more to do. Our work will not end until every woman in Metropolitan Chicago has an equal chance in their fight against breast cancer.