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Chicago CHEC Announces 4th Annual Community Forum: Navigating the Cancer Journey

September 17, 2019

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative (CHEC) is pleased to announce the details of its 4th Annual Community Forum. This year’s theme is Navigating the Cancer Journey: With Resources for Early Detection to Survivorship.

The forum will take place on Friday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson Ave. There will be various presentations throughout the day and information will be provided in English, Spanish and Cantonese. This event is free and open to the public.

“Our annual Community Forum is a wonderful opportunity for those touched by cancer to learn more about cancer topics and get a variety of cancer-related resources ranging from screening to survivorship,” said Melissa Simon, MD George H. Gardner Professor of Clinical Gynecology and Founding Director and Principal Investigator of ChicagoCHEC. “We work alongside community partners who challenge us to find innovative ways to address health equity barriers related to cancer care. Our annual community forum helps provide resources and information to Chicago communities to help reduce cancer inequities.” 

"The cancer health disparities we see in Chicago stand as a clear call to action," said Marian Fitzgibbon, one of the principal investigators on the ChicagoCHEC grant and associate director of cancer prevention and control at the University of Illinois Cancer Center. "Only by working together and through authentic engagement can we create meaningful change and reduce the unequal share of the cancer burden experienced by our underserved communities."

“ChicagoCHEC is making great strides in reducing cancer health inequities by creating new opportunities for education, research and partnership with residents from across the City of Chicago,” said Christina Ciecierski, Professor of Economics at Northeastern. “In addition to our collaboration with Chicago’s many communities, NEIU is excited to be building multi-disciplinary research within our University."

Breakfast, lunch and on-site parking will be provided. Transportation for groups of 25 or more can be arranged by calling ChicagoCHEC at (773) 231-7789. Register online or by calling (773) 231-7789.


The Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative (ChicagoCHEC) is a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer partnership led by the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Northeastern Illinois University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. ChicagoCHEC’s mission is to advance cancer health equity through meaningful scientific discovery, education, training, and community engagement. For more information, please visit

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