Past Event

Civic Cinema: Pink Ribbons, Inc

Countless people walk, run and shop for the cure. Each year, millions of dollars are raised in the name of breast cancer, but where does this money go and what does it actually achieve? Join us for a screening of Pink Ribbons, Inc, a feature documentary that shows how the devastating reality of breast cancer, which marketing experts have labeled a “dream cause,” has become obfuscated by a shiny, pink story of success. 

A post-show panel with Jess Kane, Director of the Chicago Women’s Health Center; Dr. Steven Whitman, Director of the Sinai Urban Health Institute; and others will follow the screening.

An exhilarating series of films, forums, and conversations, Civic Cinema uses the most exceptionally creative and engaging documentary films of our times to help communities talk about the most pressing social issues facing us. The documentaries we screen and discuss challenge many of the mainstream representations of critical social issues.

Jess Kane joined Chicago Women’s Health Center (CWHC) in 2001 as a Health Educator. Over the last 11 years, she has served as a Program Coordinator, a Steering Committee member, and most recently, as Clinical Services Director. She has led CWHC in agency initiatives such as the Trans Greater Access Project and the Latina Health Initiative, reaching out to under-served communities in need of compassionate health care. As the Clinical Services Director, Jess has been a core member of the leadership team, overseeing the largest program areas, providing support on the development and oversight of programs and the organizational budget, and successfully leading CWHC through periods of growth and transition.

Dr. Steven Whitman has spent the last 30 years in the Chicago area doing epidemiological health research. In 1991, Dr. Whitman was recruited to the Chicago Department of Public Health to organize and direct the Program on Epidemiology. While there, he focused his efforts on public health issues such as breast cancer, infant mortality, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, lead poisoning, etc.  In March 2000, Dr. Whitman was hired to create the Urban Health Institute (SUHI) as part of Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago. He is in charge of all evaluations of health interventions and ongoing programs as well as community-based epidemilogy. The SUHI staff has grown to 46 members and work now includes a major first-of-its-kind health survey of the City of Chicago, evaluations of several Sinai health programs and major interventions in breast cancer, pediatric asthma, smoking, diabetes, and health for deaf people.
Steve believes that the major challenges to our health comes from structural issues like racism and poverty and believes that his work should always address these isssues in order for us to create a better society.

Free and open to the public. Reserve your spot here. For more information please call 312.422.5580.

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