Join us this Juneteenth, Monday, June 19, for a virtual conversation with Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the first Black woman president and CEO of Sinai Chicago hospital system and immediate past director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, where she helped the entire state navigate COVID-19.
The pandemic illuminated stark disparities in health care for marginalized communities, challenges that are still present today for safety net hospitals like Sinai. Dr. Ezike will reflect on her experiences and offer paths towards greater health equity for all of our Chicago neighborhoods.
Read Dr. Ngozi Ezike's Full Bio
Dr. Ngozi Ezike is the President and CEO of Sinai Chicago, the city's largest private safety net health system. She began serving in June 2022. She is the immediate past Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), where she valiantly navigated the state through the most difficult waves of the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr. Ezike is the first Black woman to lead Sinai Chicago in the system’s 103-year history.
Dr. Ezike is a board-certified internist and pediatrician, who worked at Cook County Health, serving for more than 15 years in various direct patient care and administrative roles, including medical directorships at the Austin Health Center and Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. She also delivered inpatient care at Stroger Hospital and primary and preventive care in community and school-based clinics.
Dr. Ezike is a nationally recognized public health and health leader. In addition to her degrees from Harvard University and the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, Dr Ezike holds honorary doctorates from Knox College, Southern Illinois University, and Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine. She earned a business management certificate from Harvard Business School.
She is the recipient of dozens of awards and accolades including the Lester H. McKeever Individual Service Award from the Chicago Urban League, Motorola Civic Service Award, the Jane Addams Medal of Freedom, and USA Today's Inaugural Women of the Year Award for the State of Illinois.
An advocate for promoting self-care and healthy living, particularly in challenging times, Dr. Ezike is an avid tennis player and enjoys traveling with her husband and four children.
Monday, June 19, 2023
9:00 – 10:00am (CDT)
Zoom Webinar; Registration Required
Zoom Webinar details will be provided in a confirmation email.
Questions? Please contact United Way Public Programs.
The Juneteenth event is part of United Way of Metro Chicago’s Equity in Action programming. Equity in Action is generously supported by founding sponsor Winston & Strawn LLP.