Current Leader

Araceli Lucio

Araceli Lucio
Location: Chicago, Illinois Cohort Start Year: 2020 Project Topics: Health Care Access, Health Care Quality, Immigrants and Refugees, Leadership Development Populations Served: Adults (21-64 years), Hispanic/Latino/Latinx, Immigrants and Refugees, Older Adults (65+), Women's Health
Health Organizer
The Resurrection Project/ELLAS

As an organizer for the Resurrection Project and a Culture of Health Leader, Araceli Lucio has a goal for the next three years: to create a space for Latina breast cancer survivors to help other survivors, to continue to advocate for health services for the uninsured, and to bring more resources for undocumented women in Chicago. To accomplish this, Araceli works with different clinics, hospitals, and initiatives such as Healthy Illinois to help the community with health disparities.


Araceli Lucio, originally from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, has been a health organizer for the Resurrection Project since 2006. Since becoming a community organizer, she has been a fierce advocate for health services for the uninsured. As part of her leadership, she has educated thousands of women about breast cancer prevention, referring them for annual checkups and promoting the need for health information and more resources for undocumented and uninsured women.

In Chicago, Latinas are more likely to experience late-stage breast cancer diagnoses and worse quality of life post-diagnosis compared with white women, in part due to lower screening.

In response to that, Araceli began ELLAS in 2012 as a support group for breast cancer survivors. Araceli created a group of Promotoras de Salud of ELLAS (community health workers) to give information and resources in Spanish, as well as training leaders who would continue advocating for programs to help the community with health disparities.

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