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2021 Health & Medicine Awards Gala

Sep 30, 2021

On Thursday, September 30th, Health & Medicine hosted our 40th Anniversary Awards Gala at Ignite Glass Studios.

We were thrilled to welcome over 150 in-person guests and 200 virtual guests for a beautiful night celebrating health justice leaders in Chicago, enjoying good food, dancing to music, and connecting with those committed to working towards health equity. We’re so inspired and energized by all of the work our dedicated awardees have done to challenge inequities in health and health care. Many thanks to all who attended and supported the event!

See some photos from the event here and watch the amazing awards winners’ acceptance speeches below!

Thank you to our sponsors:


Crown Family Philanthropies



Claudia Fegan

Illinois AHEC Network

Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation

Northwestern Institute for Public Health and Medicine


Sara Jean Lindholm and George P. Surgeon

Steven K. Rothschild MD and Lisa Oppenheim

Rush University Medical Center

Adele Simmons

In Memory of Ben Squires


ACLU of Illinois

Lon Berkeley & Family

Rowland W. Chang, MD, MPH

Mardge Cohen and Gordy Schiff

Cook County Health

Erie Family Health

Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work

Carron Maxwell

Myrtis Meyer and Marty Cohen


Rush Center for Health and Social Care Integration

Leatrice Berman Sandler and Stephen Sandler

Margie Schaps and Jack Doppelt


UIC College of Medicine

UIC School of Public Health



Drs Janice Benson & Barry Mizock

Center for Health Equity Transformation

Conlon Public Strategies

CPASS Foundation

DePaul University, Master of Public Health Program

Mary Pat Eitzen and Robert Bowser

Sue Etminan and Azhar Majeed

Joe Feinglass

Michael Gelder and Mary Rita Luecke

Joy Getzenberg

Robyn Golden

Larry J. Goodman, MD

Hill and Cheryl Hammock

Arthur Hoffman and Paula Weinbaum

Jack Kaplan and Dr. Marian Macsai

Patrick Lenihan and Erica Salem

McAlpine Consulting for Growth, LLC

Jen McGowan-Tomke and Chris Tomke

Ray Mendez

Linda Rae Murray

Peter Orris

PCC Community Wellness Center

Alberto Prieto and Joseph Zanoni

Gayle Riedmann

Drs. Jonathan and Elisa Ross

Rachel Rubin, MD

Pat Rush

Lezli Schiff and Robert Schiff

Debra Shore

April Singer and Michael Losoff

Ronna Stamm and Paul Lehman

Audrey Stillerman, MD and David Freedman, MD


Charles and Cecelia Thurman

Mildred Williamson

Dr. Tim Wollner

Sheldon T. Zenner