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Hundreds participate in CHN Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

On a perfect 75-degree temperature day in September, Community HealthNet Health Center (CHN) held its 18th annual Breast Cancer Awareness 5K Walk at Marquette Beach Pavilion. The day also proved to be supportive in raising funds to defray the cost of mammograms, screenings and other services offered by CHN for the uninsured as many people turned out for the event.

Dr. Janet Seabrook, CEO of CHN states, “According to the American Cancer Society, about 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in U.S. women in 2016. Also, U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics show that about 85 percent of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. Therefore, early detection is important to the health of women, and community health centers can have an active role in making sure that these women have access to appropriate medical care and health care insurance.”

1chn-bca5kw-2016-eventphotos-082Community HealthNet is a health care insurance coverage enrollment site for all Medicaid programs including Hoosier Health-Wise and the Healthy Indiana Plan. Additionally, CHN is the Lead Agency for Covering Kids & Families of Indiana, Inc., which is a statewide advocacy program committed to ensuring all eligible individuals are enrolled.

Social media provided a means for donors to make monetary donations this year, as well as to join CHN’s conversation about the walk, health and fundraising on Facebook and Twitter. Individual entrants for the walk were able to register at a cost of $20 or $150 for a team of ten.

1chn-bca5kw-2016-eventphotos-080Community HealthNet Health Centers (CHN) is a 501c3 not-for-profit, Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) committed to providing quality, accessible and affordable healthcare. With five locations throughout Lake County, in Gary, Hammond, and Merrillville, the healthcare center strives to service the medical needs of all individuals and families regardless of their ability to pay.

The actual location of the offices, which are all handicap and wheelchair accessible are as follows:

The Primary Location: Community HealthNet Health Center, 1021 West 5th Avenue in Gary, (219) 880-1190,

Satellite Health Centers in Indiana: CHN inside Ophelia Steen Center, 5927 Columbia Avenue, Hammond; CHN in Calumet High School, 3900 Calhoun St. & Ridge Road, Gary; CHN-Gary (Miller Section), 1015 Shelby Street, Gary, IN and in Merrillville, 6100 Broadway.

For more information about Community HealthNet Health Centers, visit

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