Dr. Ngozi Ezike to Be Honored with “Exceptional Leadership” Award at Behavioral Health Conference

(Springfield, IL) – Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike will receive an award next week honoring her COVID-19 “leadership” by a top state behavioral health advocacy group.

Ezike is slated to receive the “Exceptional Leadership and Impact Award” from the Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois’ at the group’s 48th annual virtual conference on Tuesday, December 8.

“Since March 2020, Dr. Ezike, has been a constant presence in living rooms across Illinois through her almost daily press conferences to educate millions of residents on both the toll exacted by the coronavirus and the safety measures needed to fight the disease,” said CBHA CEO Marvin Lindsey. “Dr. Ezike’s guidance and leadership has been responsible for helping to save the lives of tens of thousands here in Illinois, so our decision to bestow CBHA’s Exceptional Leadership and Impact Award on Dr. Ezike was both easy and unanimous.”

Dr. Ezike will receive the honor before an expected 200 CBHA attendees and address the gathering at approximately 9:00 a.m.

The CBHA conference, whose theme this year is “Reset, Reimagine, Reshape,” runs from December 7 through December 8.


Lt. Gov. Stratton Delivers Opening Remarks at Behavioral Health Conference

(Springfield, IL) – Illinois Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton kicks off the annual conference of a top state behavioral health advocacy group on Monday, December 7.

Stratton gives the opening remarks at the Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois’ 48th annual, two-day, virtual conference.

“Both as a state lawmaker and as Lt. Governor, Stratton has been a faithful ally and champion for improving access to mental health and substance abuse care and for fighting to end the opioid epidemic,” said CBHA CEO Marvin Lindsey. “Having Lt. Governor Stratton open our annual conference is as appropriate as much as it is an honor.”

Stratton, who represented Chicago’s 5th District in the Illinois House, and who is the first African American to hold the Lt. Governor post, currently co-chairs the Opioid Prevention and Recovery Steering Committee.

At approximately 9:10 a.m., Stratton will speak to more than 200 people expected to attend the CBHA conference. 

This year, the conference theme is “Reset, Reimagine, Reshape.” The CBHA conference runs from December 7 through December 8.