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Health & Medicine Announces Winners of the 2014 HMPRG Awards

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group has announced the recipients of the 2014 HMPRG Awards representing leaders in the fields of medicine, policy, public health, and advocacy. The nine 2014 honorees will be celebrated at an awards event on October 14, 2014 in Chicago.

Since their inception in 2006, the HMPRG Awards have recognized 28 individuals and organizations whose work exemplifies Health & Medicine’s mission to promote social justice and challenge inequities in health and health care. The 2014 winners are:

Health: Jesus Ramirez-Valles, PhD, MPH, UIC School of Public Health
In his work as Director of the Community Health Sciences Program at UIC, Dr. Ramirez-Valles addresses health in the broadest sense piloting research projects on a variety of topics ranging from reproductive health to HIV prevention and economic development for women, youth, and gay male populations.

Daniel Swartzman, JD, MPH, Daniel Swartzman Consulting

A Professor Emeritus at UIC School of Public Health, Mr. Swartzman has positively impacted public health in the Chicago-land community and beyond as an award-winning teacher and mentor to thousands of graduate students in addition to being a thought-leader on ethics and public health management.

Medicine:
Raymond Curry, MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
An academic and physician, Dr. Curry helped introduce comprehensive diversity and disability training into the Feinberg curricula, supporting the implementation of community-based solutions to reduce health disparities. In addition, his work as a teacher and mentor has helped mold many young doctors.

Policy:
Leticia Boughton, Chicago Community Health Workers Local Network
Ms. Boughton’s policy leadership around Community Health Workers (CHWs) has included helping to advance CHW legislation in Illinois as well as leading efforts to pilot the first collaboratively-developed CHW curriculum in the state. Her work has helped highlight the critical role of this emerging workforce.

Research:
James W. Collins, Jr., MD, MPH, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Richard David, MD, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital  of Cook County
Neonatologists Drs. Collins and David have conducted groundbreaking epidemiological studies to explore the impact of race and racism on the health and well-being of women and infants, particularly in the United States.

Group:
Helping Her Live a program of the Sinai Urban Health Institute
Helping Her Live is a culturally appropriate breast cancer education and outreach program which serves low-income women who are African American and/or Latina and live in some of the poorest, most under-served areas of the City. Since 2010, this innovative program has helped over 2,000 women access care.

Emerging Leader:
Samuel Villasenor, Picture Good Health Program
A recent graduate in Health Administration, Mr. Villasenor has piloted a church-based diabetes program for Latino adults, developing curriculum and facilitating town hall meetings for the program. He currently volunteers his time to continue the project in Little Village, improving health in the community.

Youth Activist:
Emma Leff
A young leader in promoting health equity, Miss Leff has championed safer sex education for LGBTQ students, helping to fill a critical educational gap for this often marginalized population.

Read the full press release. Learn more about the awards event.