To serve as a catalytic force in the elimination of breast cancer disparities in the Chicagoland area.
To serve as a catalytic force in the elimination of breast cancer disparities in the Chicagoland area. This is accomplished through programs that educate and empower women of color as well as connect them to quality preventive health services. SWIO provides compassionate care and support to women across the cancer continuum from outreach and screening through survivorship.
Dr. Monica Peek, an internal medicine physician at the University of Chicago, founded Sisters Working It Out, NFP in 2001 as a call to action to address the alarming breast cancer disparity rates across the city of Chicago. Throughout its 17-year history, SWIO has worked tirelessly to address the many barriers contributing to high breast cancer mortality rates for African-American women, such as lack of health information, mistrust of providers and health systems, and limited access to breast cancer screening (e.g., mammograms, clinical breast exams) and primary care.
What we do
Sisters Thriving Together
A 12-week Community Health Educator training program which expands the economic opportunities for women in medically under-served communities across Chicagoland.
Survivors’ Day of Beauty
is a community event for cancer survivors aimed to provide key information regarding survivorship from medical providers, as well as, screening and resources from exhibitors. Survivors receive free bras, prosthesis and wigs in addition to many other resources to supports to improve quality of life post treatment.
is an outreach, education and navigation program aimed to increase access to and timely use of quality cancer screening services.
Survivors Support Group
Monthly cancer survivors support group meeting is held the second Tuesday of the month at Mile Square Englewood Clinic. This is one few support group meetings for minority cancer survivors on the southside of the city.
Navigation – One-on-one support to eliminate social isolation, financial issues, carers support. To restore your personal wellbeing, reach your treatment goals, and maintain independence. (Referral Based)