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October 02, 2020

By Gary A. Puckrein, PhD

For Immediate Release

2 October 2020 | Washington, DC

Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from National Minority Quality Forum


Today, National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) announced that Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot has been chosen as a 2020 Lifetime Achievement Awardee—and that she will be honored virtually at NMQF’s 2020 Summit on Health Disparities and Health Braintrust on Wednesday, October 7th.

Mayor Lightfoot has served as Chicago’s mayor since May 2019. Since then, she has adamantly worked to protect her residents from the spread of COVID-19. Her leadership has helped Chicago stay informed and safe during these unprecedented times. She is currently working on building a Contact Tracing Corps, which will help contain the spread of the virus as it creates hundreds of jobs throughout Chicago’s communities.

The NMQF Honorable John Lewis Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes leaders who have helped to improve the landscape in healthcare disparities,” said NMQF President and CEO Dr. Gary Puckrein. “Mayor Lightfoot deserves this honor for her exemplary leadership in protecting and educating the people she serves.  As Mayor of the third largest city in the nation, she has worked hard to make the tough but necessary decisions to keep her city and its communities safe.”

“This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award is named after none other than icon and civil rights champion Representative John Lewis. He taught us that no matter what challenges stand in our way, we must continue the fight to obtain equality for all,” said Mayor Lightfoot.”

This value is not only shared by the NMQF through its work to amplify and address health disparities among communities of color, but it’s one that continues to guide me as I lead Chicago in our recovery from COVID-19 and the systemic inequities it has unearthed. I am deeply humbled to be one of this year’s awardees and thank everyone at NMQF for this high honor.”

Past honorees include the Honorable Rep. John Lewis, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, and Vice President Joe Biden.The Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony will take place at the NMQF 17th Summit on Health Disparities and Health Braintrust, which will be virtual and free to attend. To register or learn more, visit:

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About the National Minority Quality Forum

The National Minority Quality Forum assists health care providers, professionals, administrators, researchers, policymakers, and community and faith-based organizations in delivering appropriate health care to minority communities. This assistance is based on providing the evidence in the form of science, research, and analysis that will lead to the effective organization and management of system resources to improve the quality and safety of health care for the entire U.S. population, including minorities.

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