A panel of cancer survivors and caregivers speak during a ChicagoCHEC event.

Friday, September 16, 2022

The Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative (CHEC) has announced details for its 7th Annual Community Forum. The event will be held from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 and Friday, Sept. 23. Participants can attend in person at NEIU’s El Centro, located at 3390 N. Avondale Ave., and virtually via Zoom.  

This year’s theme is “Cancer Health and Mental Wellness - YOU, Family, Community.” There will be various presentations on both days and information will be provided in English, Spanish, Cantonese, and American Sign Language

Professor and Chair of Mathematics Lidia Filus is a Principal Investigator of ChicagoCHEC.  

“By serving diverse populations of students, NEIU is well-positioned to reach out to our City's underserved communities and encourage them to actively participate in developing meaningful educational and research programs and opportunities that address health equity with emphasis on reducing cancer health inequalities,” Filus said.

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. 

“Since 2017, ChicagoCHEC has made great strides in reducing cancer health inequities across Chicago and particularly for NEIU, by creating new and innovative educational and research opportunities for students, faculty and whenever possible, for university staff and NEIU's surrounding community,” said Christina Ciecierski, Principal Investigator of ChicagoCHEC and Professor of Economics at Northeastern Illinois University.

In honor of the late Dr. Richard Warnecke and his relentless commitment to cancer health equity, cancer prevention and control, and leadership in population health, ChicagoCHEC is dedicating this event to his memory.

This event is free and open to all who wish to attend but sign-up is required. Lunch and on-site parking will be provided to in-person attendees who have signed up. Please note: In-person availability is limited and masks are required for in-person attendees.