Pin-A-Sister is a breast cancer awareness campaign to educate and engage women in taking control of their breast health that was launched in 2007 by Access Community Health Network. ACCESS, the nation’s largest network of federally qualified health centers, operates more than 50 community health center locations in underserved, low-income neighborhoods throughout the Chicago region, providing care to 200,000 individuals each year.
This ministry celebration will provide an opportunity to recognize the branch of love individuals and congregations are extending to the communities we are called to serve and to celebrate their fruitfulness in living into our covenant with the people of the city of Chicago. Connecting Women to the Right Resources
Low-income and uninsured residents of Illinois may access screenings through the Stand Against Cancer program, which is an innovative program funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health Center for Minority Health Services to reduce racial and economic disparities in access to breast and cervical cancer screening and treatment.
The campaign’s hallmark event, “Pin-A-Sister Sunday™,” builds on more than a decade of faith outreach and early detection services organized by ACCESS. Each Mother’s Day, Pin-A-Sister Sunday™/Domingo de Examínate Comadre™ is held at African-American and Hispanic houses of worship across Illinois, throughout the nation and globally. Houses of worship may also designate another day to hold a pinning ceremony. On this day, designated Pin-A-Sister™/Examinate Comadre™ coordinators pin a cancer survivor from the congregation (or an advocate for early detection in the absence of a survivor) with a message of hope and empowerment: The entire congregation is invited to symbolize their individual commitment by pinning of a pink ribbon on all willing members of the congregation.