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From the Global to the Local: Public Health, Poverty Alleviation, Gender Equality and Social Justice

February 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Helene Gayle, president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, about the work she has done in Chicago and around the world to address the most significant challenges to the health of poor and vulnerable communities. With a particular focus on racial equality and economic mobility, Dr. Gayle will also share the initiatives she’s led most recently in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including encouraging vaccine uptake in hard-to-reach and hesitant communities and catalyzing neighborhood investment to revitalize disinvested communities.

Helene D. Gayle, MD, MPH, has been president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community foundations, since October 2017. For almost a decade, Dr. Gayle was president and CEO of CARE, a leading international humanitarian organization. An expert on global development, humanitarian and health issues, she previously spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control, working primarily on HIV/AIDS. She also worked several years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, directing programs on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues. She was awarded the Chicago Mayor’s Medal of Honor for her work on COVID relief and recovery for the city, and named one of Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women” as well as NonProfit Times’ “Power and Influence Top 50.” Dr. Gayle earned a BA in psychology at Barnard College, an MD at the University of Pennsylvania and an MPH at Johns Hopkins University.