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Welcome to Sisters Working it Out

SWIO serves as a catalytic force in the elimination of breast cancer disparities in the Chicagoland area. 

We are Stronger and Better Together

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Our Mission

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.

Our History

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.



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