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Announcing the 2016 HMPRG Award Winners

We're pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 HMPRG Awards representing leaders in the fields of policy, public health, medicine, and advocacy whose work exemplifies Health & Medicine’s mission to promote social justice and challenge inequities in health and health care.

Health: Amy Zimmerman, JD, Legal Council for Health Justice
Ms. Zimmerman is a longtime leader of one of the first pediatric medical-legal partnerships in the country addressing health-harming legal needs of children and families.

Policy: Mark Kuczewski, PhD & Linda Brubaker, MD, MS, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Dr. Brubaker and Dr. Kuczewski advocated for the changes which made Stritch School of Medicine the first medical school in the nation to accept DACA students.
Emerging Leader: Manuel Diaz, Arise Chicago
Mr. Diaz’s career has included addressing inequities in the workplace, organizing for community empowerment, working towards a fair electoral process, and fighting for a just immigration policy.

Medicine: Frank Belmonte, DO, MPH, Advocate Children’s Hospital
Dr. Belmonte has championed the idea of Advocate’s Medicaid ACE (serving over 100,000 women and children) becoming the first trauma-informed health system in the country.

Dr. Steve Whitman Research Award: Lisa L. Barnes, PhD., Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center
Dr. Barnes aims to decrease health disparities within the African American populations through health related research, specifically Alzheimer’s Disease research, as well as mentoring students to consider health inequities in their research.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Mildred C. Hunter, HHS Office of Minority Health
As the regional representative from the HHS Office of Minority Health, Ms. Hunter has spent her career advocating for the inclusion of underserved and vulnerable populations in health policies and health interventions.

Group: Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
BPNC works to address a range of community issues through culturally and linguistically appropriate services while engaging local residents to become community leaders. BPNC's mission is to create a safer community, improve the learning environment at public schools, preserve affordable housing, provide a voice for youth, protect immigrants' rights, promote gender equality, and end all forms of violence.

We invite you to join us for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and conversation as we celebrate our 2016 HMPRG Award winners at our awards event on October 19, 2016 in Chicago from 5:30-8:30pm.