UIC Faculty Receive Policy and Research Awards


Three University of Illinois at Chicago faculty will receive awards from the Health & Medicine Policy Research Group for their public health vision and leadership.

The awards will be presented Oct. 7, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at a celebration, "Honoring Leaders in Our Midst," 1314 W. Randolph St.

Richard Warnecke, professor emeritus of epidemiology, public administration and sociology, and senior research scientist at UIC's Institute for Health Research and Policy, will receive the 2010 HMPRG Award for Research. Warnecke is a national leader in cancer control and prevention research whose work examines contextual influences on health. Under his direction, researchers have shed new light on why African American and Latino women are more likely to die from breast cancer than white women despite nearly equal screening rates.

Patrick Lenihan, clinical associate professor of community health sciences at UIC and executive director of the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago, will receive the 2010 HMPRG Award in Policy.

Lenihan has worked for more than 25 years in nonprofit and public sector organizations, expanding public health systems through policy and organizational change. In his role as director of the doctorate of public health program in the UIC School of Public Health, Lenihan trains the next generation of public health leaders. He has held leadership roles that have impacted the public health system at the local, regional and national level.

José Lopez, adjunct faculty in UIC's Latin American & Latino Studies Program and executive director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Humboldt Park, will receive the 2010 HMPRG Award in Health. Lopez has worked to better the health of the Humboldt Park community for more than 30 years. His achievements include the development of an alternative charter high school, a parent-child learning center and day care center, a youth drop-in center, an HIV education and advocacy organization, and initiatives to combat childhood obesity.

The Health & Medicine Policy Research Group is an independent health policy center in Chicago. The 2010 HMPRG Awards will be presented to four individuals that exhibit public health vision and leadership in the areas of health, medicine, policy, and research. Additional awards will be presented to an organization, an emerging health leader and a young health activist.

This news release was written by Sherri McGinnis González, associate director of the UIC News Bureau.