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Medical Centers Team Up To Host Free Summer Health Screening Event In Austin Community

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Two Chicago medical centers have joined forces for free health screenings for people who live in the Austin neighborhood.

It is all part of an effort to raise awareness of health issues that disproportionately impact the city's West Side.

Loretto Hospital and the UI Cancer Center hosted the event Saturday morning near Madison Street and Kilpatrick Avenue.

Guests could sign up for free breast, cervical, and prostate cancer screenings. There were also onsite blood pressure and glucose screenings, and testing for COVID-19 and HIV.

One of the organizers, the Rev. Walter Jones of Fathers Who Care, told us the neighborhood is having a tough time and everyone has to work together to help.

"We need to come out and bring the resources to the people, and let the people know that in spite of what they might be going through, we love them, that we care about them, and we're here to support them," Jones said.

There were educational materials, and prizes and giveaways. Malcolm X College, Rush University Medical Center, and several community groups also offered a hand.

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