Alumni

Felipe Tendick-Matesanz, Lilian Jimenez, Wesley Epplin, Maximillian Boykin

Felipe Tendick-Matesanz, Lilian Jimenez, Wesley Epplin, Maximillian Boykin
Location: Chicago, Illinois Cohort Start Year: 2016 Populations Served: Incarcerated or Formerly Incarcerated Populations, People Living with HIV/AIDS
ENGAGING COMMUNITIES TO DEVELOP LOCAL LEGISLATION THAT PROMOTES HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

FOCUS
Our team is focused on the overlapping areas of structural racism in policing and under-investment in communities of color. We aim to push back against the agenda of austerity budgeting in both Chicago and Illinois, and focusing on advancing health care access for immigrants and fighting discrimination against them. We also aim to work with low-wage workers to advance economic justice.

Felipe Tendick-Matesanz [Pictured Front Left]
Principal at Vertical Strategies, Team Lead at Collaborative for Health Equity Cook County

I am a human being. I bring the perspective of having had something, losing it and then making a conscious decision to redirect my anger and pain. I dedicate my life to human rights, to a focused dismantling of the systems of oppression and taking away power from the established elite that maintain them.

Lilian Jimenez [Pictured Front Right]
Policy Director, Cook County Board of Commissioners

I am trained as an attorney with a background as a community organizer. I strive to promote the perspectives of low-income black, brown and immigrant communities in the policy world.

Wesley Epplin  [Pictured Back Left]
Director of Health Equity, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group

I am the Director of Health Equity at Health & Medicine Policy Research Group, which works to advance the health of all people in Illinois by promoting health equity. I’m also a co-facilitator and co-founder of Radical Public Health, which focuses solutions on the root causes of public health problems. I bring my public health and political science background and activist approach to fighting for justice in health and health care.

Maximillian Boykin [Pictured Back Right]
Senior Coordinator, Black AIDS Institute 

Bio coming soon

 

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