CHICAGO (WLS) -- ABC 7 Chicago, Chicago's Number One station for news, will examine health concerns in the Latino community, focusing specifically on breast cancer and mental health. ABC 7 Traffic anchor and breast cancer survivor, Roz Varon, will moderate this hour-long, virtual town hall available on abc7chicago.com Thursday, October 15th at 2:00 p.m..
The month of October has been designated as a time to heighten awareness of both breast cancer and mental health, concerns that resonate in the Latino community. Lack of screening and poor breast healthcare contribute to high death rates in comparison to other populations, according to some studies. Mental health problems are also rising as many Latinos are not able or wanting to seek treatment.
During this virtual town hall, Roz will lead a discussion with Latino health care professionals whose organizations are tackling these issues head on and providing services and funding for breast cancer prevention and treatment as well as mental health services for the Latino community.
Guest panelists include:
-Esther Corpuz, Chief Executive Officer, Alivio Medical Center
-Emmanuel Zambrano, Cancer Control Strategic Partnerships Manager, American Cancer Society
-Esther Sciammarella, Executive Director of the Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition
-Jeanette Santana Gonzalez, Program Director, ALAS-Wings
Part one of the town hall is in the video player at the top of this page.
The virtual town hall was exclusively streamed live on ABC 7's Facebook Live, YouTube, ABC 7's app, and ABC 7's connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Roku.
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