Susan G. Komen Chicago commits $787,500 in 2020 to decrease breast cancer mortality gap, increase access to care for communities in greatest need

The University of Illinois Cancer Center has been designated to lead the new Chicago Health Equity Initiative (CHEI), a cohort of Chicago-area medical leaders who support healthcare systems’ transformation.

Funded by Susan G. Komen Chicago, the CHEI is comprised of three Federally Qualified Health Centers (Access Community Health Network, Erie Family Health Centers and Friend Family Health Center), six major health systems in Cook County (Cook County Health and Hospital System, University of Chicago Medicine, University of Illinois Cancer Center, Rush University Medical Center, Northwestern University Cancer Center and Sinai Health System), the Illinois Medical District, American Cancer Society and Chicago Department of Public Health. The CHEI implementation plan is currently being developed, with services scheduled to begin in 2021.

“Not only will CHEI work tirelessly to decrease health disparities across our city, but we will be firm advocates for education and access for all by raising awareness of these key initiatives to our community members and neighbors.”

John Stewart IV, MD, MBA, associate director of clinical research at the UI Cancer Center and CHEI director

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