Sharon Green named 2012 Medical Activist Award Winner
We are so excited to announce that Sharon Green of Chicago, is our 2012 Medical Activist Award Winner. Sharon is the Director of Program Development and Strategic Planning Institute for Women’s Health Research.
Sharon started her career as a medical technologist working in the special hematology departments at the University of Illinois and then at the University of Chicago. After several years in the laboratory, her career, while always medically related, shifted toward new program development. She now has over 30 years experience developing new organizations. Her former positions include serving as the first executive director of the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization, the first deputy director of the Office of Women’s Health at the Illinois Department of Public Health, and one of seven co-founders of the National Breast Cancer Coalition in Washington, DC where she was Chairwoman of the “Do the Right Thing Campaign”, the first national grassroots breast cancer advocacy campaign leading to the first major increase in federal funding for breast cancer research.
She established the Office of Special Population Initiatives at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern where she was responsible for getting the Center named as a Fertile Hope Center of Excellence. She currently serves at the Executive Director of the new Institute for Women’s Health Research at the Feinberg School of Medicine where she is responsible for strategic planning and community engagement.
The Medical Activist winner is given annually to a healthcare professional who has broken down barriers, changed medical practice, added to science or otherwise shown outstanding dedication and innovation in women’s health. Previous winners included Midwife and Sexual Health Researcher, Dr. Ruth Zielinski, Urogynecologist, Dr. Roger Goldberg, and Female Urologist, Dr. Leslee Subak.
Recently, Sharon Green was interviewed on NPR’s WorldView, discussing the challenges women face in accessing good, affordable, health care. You can listen to the broadcast on NPR’s website here.
Sharon will accept the award on Thursday, June 7th at Below the Belt: Fighting for Women’s Pelvic Health, Women’s Health Foundation’s 5th annual fundraising event. Below the Belt attracts more than 400 guests for appetizers and cocktails, a performance by Multi-Grammy® award-winning artists Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski, and an exciting live and silent auction. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.belowthebeltgala.org.