Health Equity Experts

David Ansell, MD

SVP for Community Health Equity
Languages: English, Spanish

David Ansell became RUSH's first leader of health equity in 2016. In his role, he leads RUSH's strategy to be a catalyst for community health and economic vitality on Chicago's West Side.

Media Clips:
Wealth, not health: For this hospital, closing Chicago's alarming 'death gap' didn't mean more clinics
Mayor Brandon Johnson appoints Dr. Olusimbo Ige as new CDPH commissioner
OPINION: A call for commonsense gun legislation


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Elizabeth Lynch, PhD

Health Equity Research
Beth Lynch is the director of the Section of Community Health in RUSH's Department of Preventive Medicine. Her research focuses on developing and implementing effective community partnerships to promote health equity across a wide range of health conditions. She is also co-lead of the research arm of the RUSH BMO Institute for Health Equity.

Media Clips:
When Talking About Body Size, Women and Doctors Are Speaking Different Languages


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John Rich, MD

Harrison I. Steans Director of RUSH BMO Institute for Health Equity
John Rich is responsible for coordinating a broad range of health equity initiatives across RUSH and the communities we serve. He's interested in building partnerships to address the impact of violence in Chicago while also addressing the holistic health and wellbeing of Chicago's youth.

Media Clips:
Healing Communities Facing Health Inequities: Q&A with John Rich


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Princess Currence, DSW, MSW

University DEI Officer
Princess Currence is an assistant professor in the Department of Social Work and Community Health. She has more than 15 years of experience building successful DEI recruitment and talent/student development programs from the ground up. Her research focuses on how social, cultural and ethnic factors impact the professional development of health professional students.

Media Clips:
OPINION: We need more Black doctors


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Steven Rothschild, MD

Health Equity
Steve Rothschild leads the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and is a national authority in self-management of chronic illnesses. Rothschild is also an established researcher, focusing on community- and team-based approaches to address health disparities.

Media Clips:
A West Side Homeless Shelter Has Opened A Wing For Covid-19 Patients Who Can't "Stay At Home"
Dozens of healthcare, social justice groups demand Lightfoot deny General Iron permit


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Elizabeth Davis, MD

Medical Director of Community Health Equity
Languages: English, Spanish

Elizabeth Davis is a primary care doctor who also serves on the RUSH Division of Community and Global Health Equity. Davis is especially focused on bringing primary care to patients in underserved communities through the RUSH@Home program. She is also involved in efforts to provide healthcare to people experiencing homelessness.

Media Clips:
Doctors in Chicago are making house calls to give vulnerable patients the Covid-19 vaccine


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Wrenetha Julion, PhD, RN

Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion
Wrenetha Julion is a nationally recognized nursing scholar and holds a senior leadership position for equity and inclusion in the RUSH University College of Nursing. She's focused on developing, implementing and evaluating a strategic plan to strengthen the college's diversity efforts in nursing education, practice and research.

Media Clips:
OPINION: Four Steps to Building Vaccine Trust in Marginalized Communities
OPINION: Black mothers are dying: The toll of racism on maternal health
OPINION: Some positive changes amid the COVID-19 crisis


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