Women’s Health Festival Empowers Women to Take Control of Their Health

March 23, 2015

​​Access Community Health Network (ACCESS) is hosting a Women's Health Festival to empower women to gain control and improve their overall health and well-being. The special event will offer free health screenings and learning opportunities, including:

  • Blood pressure, depression and HIV screenings
  • A diabetes cooking demonstration
  • Conversations with experts about breast health and diabetes
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Medicaid enrollment support

At the festival, ACCESS will also be sharing information about Pin-A-Sister™/ Examinate Comadre™, its faith-based breast cancer awareness campaign to promote vigilance about breast health among African-American and Hispanic women. The initiative has reached more than four million women worldwide and continues to grow.

You may be eligible to receive free-to-low-cost Pap smears and referrals for free or low-cost mammograms through one of the State's programs, including Stand Against Cancer and IBCCP, if you:

  • Are a female
  • Are a resident of Illinois
  • Are 18 years or older
  • Do not have health insurance (including Medicaid/Medicare).

To recognize ACCESS' hallmark breast cancer awareness event and to celebrate those affected by breast cancer, houses of worship and faith-based organizations throughout Chicagoland are participating in Pin-A-Sister™/ Examinate Comadre™ pink ribbon-pinning ceremonies on or around Mother's Day. The simple act of placing a pin on another woman unites women in a promise to get screened. At the Women's Health Festival, those interested in holding a pink ribbon-pinning ceremony will be able to receive ribbons and toolkits.

You are also encouraged to bring the following to the festival for Medicaid enrollment support:

  • Your ID
  • Proof of income (ex: check stubs from the previous month, a letter from your employer stating your monthly income)
  • Two pieces of mail to provide proof of address (ex. utility bills, mail with your name and address).

ACCESS strives to address racial and ethnic health disparities by providing preventive and primary health care and support services, accessible to all in their own communities.

Women's Health Festival
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, March 28
ACCESS Grand Boulevard Health and Specialty Center
5401 S. Wentworth Ave.
Chicago, IL 60609

For information about the event, please contact Shari McKinley by phone at 708.239.8098 or by email at Shari.McKinley@achn.net.

For information about Pin-A-Sister™/ Examinate Comadre™ and registering to receive pink ribbons, please contact Maria Perez at 773.648.4838 or Maria.Perez@achn.net.