A photo of ChicagoCHEC staff at a previous community forum holding a ChicagoCHEC poster

Friday, August 30, 2019

The Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative (ChicagoCHEC) will host its 4th annual community forum on Sept. 27. This year’s theme is “Navigating the Cancer Journey: With Resources for Early Detection to Survivorship.”

“Every year I am delighted to see the impressive community turnout and engagement at the forum’s various educational and networking activities,” said ChicagoCHEC Principal Investigator Lidia Filus, who serves as chair of Northeastern Illinois University’s Department of Mathematics.

The forum will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson Ave. in Chicago. There will be various presentations throughout the day and information will be provided in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Polish and Swahili. This event is free and open to the public.

“Hosting our biggest community event of the year at Truman College is strategic in terms of forming new academic collaborations between the City Colleges of Chicago and ChicagoCHEC’s affiliated universities," Filus said.

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.

“Our annual community forum is one avenue we use to provide resources and information to Chicago communities to help reduce cancer inequities identified through ChicagoCHEC's community engagement, research and education activities,” ChicagoCHEC Community Health Educator Alicia Kholamian said.

Breakfast, lunch and on-site parking will be provided. Online registration is now open. To register by phone or to arrange group transportation for 20 or more participants, ChicagoCHEC can be reached at (773) 231-7789.

“As a health educator, I think our upcoming annual Community Forum is a wonderful opportunity for those affected by cancer to learn more about cancer topics and get a variety of cancer resources ranging from early detection to survivorship,” Kholamian said. “We work alongside community partners who challenge us to find innovative ways to address health equity barriers related to cancer.”