Expansion of Breast Health Services

Mayor Emanuel and the City of Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) are committed to ensuring uninsured women have access to free, quality mammograms along with comprehensive follow-up care.  In 2016, CDPH is joining efforts with the Cook County Health and Hospitals System to ensure more women have access to free, life-saving mammograms along with vital follow up care from diagnosis to treatment at Cook County Hospitals. The City will also continue to provide care at Roseland Community Hospital and three Mercy Hospital and Health Center locations through our ongoing collaboration to expand and improve breast health services in Chicago.

The City’s investment in 2016 will provide free mammography services to 5,000 uninsured women annually and more than double number of women who currently receive services.  For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions Below.  The announcement on the partnership with Cook County Health and Hospitals System is here.

Why is the City making a change to its mammography services?
By making an investment of more than $735,000 in 2016, the City will ensure access for 5,000 uninsured woman to expanded and enhanced breast health services, including mammography services.   Additionally, since the City cannot provide diagnostic services, women with abnormal screening results identified at City health centers had to be referred out to other health systems to receive diagnostic services, resulting in fragmented care for women who possibly had breast cancer. By transitioning care to the Cook County Hospitals, women will be able to receive mammograms along with any necessary follow up care, including diagnostic services and treatment at the same location.

Where can I go to receive a mammogram?
You can already schedule a mammogram at Roseland Community Hospital or at one of four Mercy Hospital and Health Center locations.  Beginning January 1, 2016, you can also schedule a mammogram appointment at one of three Cook County Hospital locations.   

Roseland Community Hospital- 45 W. 111th Street; 773.995.3094

  • Mercy Hospital and Medical Centers– multiple locations; 312.567.2600
  • Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, 2525 S. Michigan
  • Mercy Medical on Pulaski, 5525 S. Pulaski
  • Mercy Medical at Dearborn Station, 47 W. Polk
  • Mercy Family Health Center at Oakwood Shores, 3753 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
  • Cook County Health and Hospital System- multiple locations (Starting January 1, 2016); 312.864.0200
  • Provident Hospital, 500 E. 51st Street,
  • Prieto Clinic, 2424 S. Pulaski,
  • Fantus Clinic/Stroger Hospital, 1901 W. Harrison

Click here for a map to find the location near you.

Who needs a mammogram?
Recommendations for mammograms vary depending on family history and risk. Please speak with your primary care provider about your options, but in general, the following is what is recommended for women seeking mammograms:

  • If you are a woman aged 40-49, talk to your medical provider to see if you need a mammogram.
  • If you are a woman aged 50-74, you should get a mammogram at least every other year.
  • If you are a woman aged 75 and older, talk to your medical provider.

Who can I contact if I don’t have a primary care provider?
The CDPH provides funding to primary care services for uninsured residents across Chicago. If you are uninsured and don’t have a primary care provider, please call one of our partners below to schedule a primary care appointment.

  • Heartland Health Centers (located in Uptown) – 773.506.4283
  • Erie Family Health Center (located in West Town / Humboldt Park) - 312.666.3494
  • Esperanza Health Center (located in South Lawndale) - 773.584.6200
  • Mile Square Health Center (located in Englewood) – 312.996.2000
  • Chicago Family Health Center (located in South Chicago) – 773.768.5000
  • Aunt Martha’s (located in Roseland) – 877.692.8686

How much does a mammogram cost?
Through the City’s investment in breast health programs, mammograms are free-of-charge for uninsured women living in Chicago through these partnerships. Insured women are still welcome to schedule an appointment with these hospitals as they accept most insurance plans.

If I received a mammogram from a CDPH clinic in the past, how do I get my medical records?
If you have received mammography care from CDPH previously and are in-need of your past images and/or records, CDPH will make them available to you.   If you have previously received a mammogram at CDPH’s Englewood, Lower West or Roseland breast health clinics, please call 312.747.7844.

If you have previously received a mammogram at CDPH’s West Town or Uptown breast health clinics, please call 312.744.8586.

After December 31, 2015, please contact Theresa Mendoza at 312.747.9782 for any questions regarding your medical records.

You may also visit www.chicago.gov/health for more information.

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