About Illinois Women Against Cervical Cancer

Illinois Women Against Cervical Cancer is a group of concerned individuals and organizations including the Illinois Department of Public Health Center for Minority Health Services, the Illinois Public Health Association, Access Community Health Network (ACCESS), and Springfield Urban League. Our goal is to eliminate cervical cancer by educating women about prevention and early detection. We are looking for other organizations interested in contributing funds or time to this effort. To learn more, contact Jim Nelson at the Illinois Public Health Association, (217) 522-5687, email.

The Illinois Department of Public Health Center for Minority Health Services provides information and technical assistance regarding the health care needs of minority populations and develops, maintains and enhances health care services in minority communities. To achieve this goal, the Center works with state and local entities to heighten awareness of minority health issues and services across the state.

An affiliate of the American Public Health Association, the Illinois Public Health Association is Illinois' oldest and largest voluntary organization devoted exclusively to matters of public health. As the major public health and prevention advocacy organization, the Association is committed to its mission of improving the health of Illinois residents through leadership in and advancement of the practice of public health.

ACCESS offers primary and preventive care at more than 50 community health center locations throughout Chicago and its suburbs. ACCESS serves as the medical home for more than 200,000 patients. ACCESS reduces the risk of disease and promotes optimal health through health education and a planned approach to care that reflects patients' empowered voices. ACCESS's delivery of evidence-based community health practices closes gaps in racial and ethnic health disparities.

The Springfield Urban League, through its Health Initiatives Program, works to build healthy and safe communities by eliminating health disparities through prevention and education, as well as by promoting access to affordable and quality health care. The Springfield Urban League has partnered with state and local government entities, as well as other community and faith-based organizations, to identify the issues, beliefs, attitudes and practices within racial and ethnic communities.

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