Progress Toward Reducing the Black-White Disparity in Breast Cancer Mortality

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In what is gaining national recognition as a model for citywide collaboration to address racial health care disparities, The Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force delivered its first report to the community, one year after releasing a major report that outlined more than 30 recommendations for action.

Attended by Chicago’s most prominent public health leaders, representatives from leading national cancer foundations, cancer experts, African-American community advocates and breast cancer survivors, the event was held at St. Paul Church of God in Christ, a prominent African-American church on Chicago’s South Side.

“The Task Force, which now consists of 74 health care organizations and over 100 breast cancer physicians, researchers and advocates, has made good progress since releasing its recommendations a year ago,”

Said Dr. David Ansell, chair of the Board of the Task Force and Chief Medical Officer, Rush University Medical Center.

Thanks to grants from Komen and Avon, we are awarding significant funding for community education and outreach, tackling the issue of mammography quality measurement and reporting, driving legislation to increase access to early diagnosis and treatment and dedicating the necessary resources to sustain the work of the Task Force for at least three years.”

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