Join the Pin A Sister Campaign/Examinate Comadre™

COOK COUNTY BOARD President Toni Preckwinkle, Dolores Washington, Sisters Network, Inc., Monumental Baptist Church’s First Lady Lynette Hill, the Rev. ViMatice Jackson and Chicago Aldermen Leslie Hairston (5th) and Pat Dowell (3rd) pose for a photo after a previous Pin-A-Sister™/Examinate Comadre™ ribbon-pinning event.

This Mother’s Day, May 8, and throughout the month of May, thousands of women across the state of Illinois and surrounding areas will participate in a hallmark event of the Access Community Health Network-led Pin-A-Sister™/Examinate Comadre™.

As you know, the church plays a vital role in the lives of African-Americans and Hispanics—mobilizing, informing and raising awareness about pertinent issues in our communities. Pin-A-Sister™/Examinate Comadre™ is a faith-based campaign using the “power of the pulpit” to encourage women to get mammography screenings.

Although assembled in hundreds of houses of worship, women will join in a sign of solidarity to:

  • Recognize breast cancer survivors
  • Allow them to briefly share their testimony
  • Encourage women to get mammography screenings
  • Allow women to pin each other with pink ribbons to symbolize their commitment to get screened
LAST YEAR WOMEN all around Chicago and Illinois participated in the Pin-A-Sister™/Examinate Comadre™ campaign at their places of worship.  This year’s event is planned on May 8.
LAST YEAR WOMEN all around Chicago and Illinois participated in the Pin-A-Sister™/Examinate Comadre™ campaign at their places of worship. This year’s event is planned on May 8.

Faith and other community organizations interested in participating in this momentous 10-year celebratory Pin-A-Sister™/Examinate Comadre™ program still have time to register. To date, this movement has directly reached more than one million people in churches, community organizations and correctional centers and has touched more than four million individuals through media outreach efforts nationally and internationally.

To learn how to participate and receive your pink ribbon pins and starter toolkits in time to host your own Pin-A-Sister™/Examinate Comadre™ pinning ceremony on Sunday, May 8 or any date within May at your place of worship or community organization, contact Erica Ruiz, Women’s Health Navigator, at 312-526-2256 or via email at before May 3.

About Access Community Health Network

Designated as a Level 3 patient-centered medical home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), ACCESS offers patient-centered, preventive and primary care services to more than 180,000 patients annually. Through its investment in technology to further improve patient care and engagement, ACCESS has also been recognized by HIMMS at Stage 6 for its adoption of its electronic health record. With 36 Joint Commission-accredited community health centers located throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, ACCESS is also one of the largest networks of community health centers in the nation. For more information, visit:


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  1. Hi,
    My name is Vanessa Manning. I missed the pin a sister Sunday in May. I am an RN working to educate my church congregation as well as my community. I’m hoping there is no charge to recieve your pin a sister bookmarks or pink pin-on ribbons. I want to spread the word and I don’t want to wait until next May to do it.
    If it is possible, I would like materials to pass out to my congregation and community. I don’t know what comes in the kit, but please send me approx. 100 of the pink book markers to start.

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