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A grassroots group is applauding the city of Chicago`s decision to keep a mammogram program open and provide additional funding to Roseland Community Hospital to expand mammography services.

The Public Health Organization (PHO) was concerned about the Department of Public Health’s plans to close and privatize the Breast Health Program because of its impact on the breast cancer prevention and treatment system serving low-income, uninsured women living on the South and West Sides.

The group hopes the decision to keep the program open is a signal of the city’s commitment to strengthening the overall breast health infrastructure in Chicago.

“Significant resources and investment are still needed to ensure the breast health care system provides access to the highest quality care to all residents regardless of their insurance status and geographic location,” said PHO Director Corey Barnes.

The PHO is a grassroots community/labor group whose members include residents, patients, health care workers, and allies. The group is committed to increasing access to quality, affordable health care for low-income and uninsured individuals and families.

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