Sisters Working It Out..Health Advocacy in Motion (SWIO) is an advocacy program whose purpose is to specifically target the most medically under-served parts of the African American community for breast cancer outreach activities. It was created by a young physician, and breast cancer survivor Dr. Monica Peek, MD, MPH, who is an Attending Physician at the University of Chicago Medicine. Its beginning was a collaborative effort between the Chicago affiliate of the Black Women’s Health Imperative, the Chicago chapter of Sister’s Network Inc., the Chicago Chapter of Y-ME National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund, Rush University Medical Center, and Cook County Hospital.
- Community Health Educators (CHEs) to present health discussions to African-American women living on the Chicago and Chicagoland area.
- To continually enhance the leadership skills and provide continuing education opportunities for the current cohorts of SWIO health educators through monthly events.
- To continue to increase the general community awareness about breast cancer screening and early detection.
- To continue to increase the access of medically undeserved communities to preventative health service, such as mammography and clinical breast examinations, as well as ongoing comprehensive health care.