CARBONDALE – Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the first Black woman to lead the 145-year-old Illinois Department of Public Health, will be special guest speaker as Southern Illinois University Carbondale kicks off Black History Month on Feb. 1.
According to a press release, the hybrid event is at 5 p.m. in Morris Library’s John C. Guyon Auditorium, with Ezike’s presentation happening virtually. The public is invited to attend in person or through Zoom. Advance registration is suggested for who plan to attend the virtual webinar presentation.
A board-certified internist and pediatrician, Ezike has led the IDPH since 2019. SIU Carbondale awarded Ezike an honorary Doctor of Community Health degree in May 2021 for her efforts in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to joining the IDPH, Ezike served for more than 15 years with Cook County Health as medical director at the Juvenile Detention Center and as medical director for the Austin Health Center.
Ezike earned her medical degree from the University of California at San Diego and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Harvard University.