CCN & APNC celebrate Martin Luther King Day by bring health care to all Americans

Chicago, IL: To celebrate the great leader Martin Luther King Jr. and his message of equal rights for all Americans, Compassionate Care Network (CCN) hosted the Albany Park Neighborhood Council (APNC) at a breakfast meeting to discuss their shared goal of providing access to affordable health care for everyone. The meeting was held at the Muslim Community Center (MCC), 4380 N. Elston Ave, Chicago, IL on Sunday, January 16, 2011at 9:00 AM..

Compassionate Care Network (CCN) meets with Albany Park Neighborhood Council (APNC) to discuss shared goals to provide access to affordable health care.

The CCN-APNC meeting brought together those from various faiths and backgrounds to discuss each organization’s initiatives to expand their combined network of affordable health resources to better serve all Illinois residents. Both organizations discussed potential collaboration in programming and goals. APNC shared its progress on developing a “Charity Care” program that would offer hospitalization and in-patient care to the underserved, while CCN introduced its new program of health education workshops for minority communities that suffer from above average incidences of diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. Both organizations agreed to support each other in their initiatives and that a shared goal was to develop volunteers within the APNC and CCN networks to become “Info Givers” within the community to provide guidance and education on available health resources.

“As we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream of equal rights among all Americans, we believe that health is a gift from God, which needs to be preserved, and that access to affordable health care is a basic human right.” said Dr. Azher Quader, CCN’s Founder and Executive Director. “We are proud to celebrate this day with an organization like the APNC, which has worked to help so many in the community.”

Immediately after the meeting, CCN held a free health clinic at MCC that was open to the general public. At the clinic, over thirty people received screenings for blood pressure, diabetes, dental, and obesity. CCN holds free health screenings every weekend at various community centers in and around the Chicagoland area. Everyone is invited to attend its free health screenings at any of its scheduled locations. No prior appointment is required, visit or call 773 775-3600 for more information. About Compassionate Care Network (CCN)

Founded in 2004 by Chicago doctors Azher Quader, M. Gafoor & Ayesha Sultana, practicing physicians and community activists, Compassionate Care Network (CCN) is a not-for-profit organization that conducts free health screenings around the Chicagoland area and offers reduced cost access to health care for the uninsured. Currently, CCN serves over 2500 Illinois residents. For an annual fee, the uninsured have access to a health care network of over 120 physicians, 6 medical labs, 13 imaging centers, and other health care services like Dentistry, Optometry, Chiropractic care, Physical Therapy and Podiatry who support the notion of “compassionate care” and voluntarily offer services to the uninsured at discounted rates. For more information please visit

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