The program is also designed to empower women with knowledge about breast health. "Pin-A-Sister Sunday" is part of Access Community Health Network's Pin-A-Sister/Examinate Comadre initiative, which is a faith-based breast cancer awareness initiative to educate and promote vigilance about breast health among African-American women. Through the simple, yet powerful, act of pinning one another with a pink ribbon, African-American and Hispanic women promise each other they will get mammograms.
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FAITH LEADERS PREACH BREAST HEALTH ON MOTHER'S DAY
More than 130,000 women pin pink ribbons, promise mammograms
CHICAGO - Faith leaders throughout the Chicago area will speak to members about the importance of mammography screenings this Mother's Day, May 8, as part of the Fifth Annual Pin-A-Sister/ Examinate Comadre campaign.
Churches play vital roles in the lives of African-Americans and Hispanics -- mobilizing, informing and raising awareness about pertinent community issues. The Access Community Health Network-led Pin-A-Sister/Examinate Comadre began as a faith-based initiative, but has expanded into a social network, where women of color commit to receive Pap smears and mammograms, and provide each other support to improve their health.
The campaign's hallmark event, Pin-A-Sister Sunday/Domingo de Examinate Comadre, aims to reach women through pink ribbon-pinning ceremonies that recognize those affected by breast cancer, while declaring a renewed commitment for women to ensure their breast health. Parishioners will assemble in hundreds of houses of worship throughout the Chicagoland area to:
- Recognize breast cancer survivors and hear their stories;
- Encourage women to get mammography screenings; and
- Pin each other with pink ribbons to symbolize their commitment to get screened.
The Pin-A-Sister/ Examinate Comadre campaign was launched in Chicago in 2007 and has grown rapidly. More than 67,000 women were pinned and heard the message in Illinois in 2007. Through the end of 2010, more than 4 million people heard the message and nearly 700,000 women were pinned throughout the state, nation and world.
Pin-A-Sister Sunday events have been held with the Progressive National Baptist Convention; on Capitol Hill with the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the House Cancer Caucus; and within the Illinois Women's Correctional Institution.
For more information about participating in Pin-A-Sister Sunday/Domingo de Examinate Comadre, contact Griselda Venegas at 312.526.2136 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Access Community Health Network offers outstanding primary and preventive care in nearly 60 community health center locations throughout Chicago, suburban Cook and DuPage counties. Accredited by the Joint Commission, ACCESS health centers provide high-quality, affordable health care, which is accessible to patients right in their communities. More than 215,000 patients of all ages depend on ACCESS for preventive services, medical care and consultation with specialists. To schedule an appointment for you or your family, call toll free 866.882.2237. Visit www.accesscommunityhealth.net and follow ACCESS on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ACCESSHealth or become a fan of the Pin-A-Sister/ Examinate Comadre page by going to: http://www.facebook.com/PinASister.